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Earth Day brings out the best in community's volunteers 22nd anniversary celebration attracts 1,200 visitors to Piney Run


Volunteers braved the weather to share with others as the 22nd anniversary of Earth Day was celebrated April 25 at Piney Run Park.

Carroll is known for volunteerism, and Earth Day brings out the best in the community.

About 200 volunteers led hikes, and Naomi Carter and her Scouts led games. Lynette Lenz coordinated face-painting. John Sies, Richard Soisson, Geri Flaim, Naomi Benzil, Greg Becker, Jenny DeArmey and Jim and Anne Brown taught Earth Station lessons.

Others planted trees with Donna Baker, state forester. Molly McEvoy and Mary Leister told stories and gave inspiring lectures.

The lecturers generously gave professional presentations, although the audience sizes were small. Many thanks to Maria Vacchio of the American Bat Conservation Society; Mary Leister, a local author; and to Marlene Conaway, assistant county planning director, for their inspiring presentations.

Music played throughout the day, due to the efforts of Barbara Parry.

Thanks to all the musicians: Yvonne Bishop, Gary Gray, Bob Evans and Carrie Tansey, Sandy Leishear, Lisa Schafferman, Chuck Mooshian, Rob Taylor and Gerry Smith.

Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy addressed volunteers and visitors with words of encouragement and appreciation.

The exhibitors presented excellent, informative displays. Many thanks to: Adopt-a-Park, American Lung Association, Baltimore Gas & Electric, Child Study Association of Maryland and the county offices on Recycling, Environmental Services, Stormwater Management, Commuter Services, Water Resources, Solid Waste and Planning.

Also thanks to Carroll County Beekeepers, Bird Club, Carroll County Food Sunday, the Humane Society, Carroll Earth Care, the Forestry Board, Fountain Valley Analytical Laboratory, Izaak Walton League, Sierra Club and Trout Unlimited.

More than 1,200 visitors attended the event on a day spattered with occasional rain. More than 100 bikers enjoyed the early morning 20.9-mile ride, sponsored by Carroll Earth Care and coordinated by Karen and Harold Scott.

A special thanks to Noreen Cullen, co-chair of Carroll Earth Care, for her dedication to the smooth running of Earth Day 1992.

Again, a heartfelt thanks to all volunteers, visitors and park and nature center staff for all the hard work that went into this special day. We are looking forward to sharing programs throughout the year that reflect responsible environmental citizenry, nature appreciation and responsible outdoor recreational activities.

To keep the values of Earth Day in our hearts every day, we invite all members of our community to take advantage in the coming year of the programs at Piney Run -- programs in gardening, birding, canoeing, sailing, nature crafts, wildflowers and environmental education for children and adults.

Also, keep an eye out for programs as they become available at the Bear Branch Nature Center in Hashawha Environmental Appreciation Center in Westminster.

In addition to the park programs, look to the community for learning opportunities. Many organizations that exhibited on Earth Day also meet monthly and are open to the public. Follow zTC the calendar section of the newspaper to see what speakers and subjects are featured, and attend those meetings.

It is the responsibility of each of us to stay informed so we can make responsible decisions concerning the environment.

Information: 795-3274 or 795-6043.

Melinda Byrd is Carroll County Nature Center administrator and Earth Day activities coordinator.

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