By Wendy Holdren
Downtown Fayetteville celebrated Earth Day Saturday with activities for all ages, including live music, cornhole, face painting, wall climbing, and arts and crafts.
Vendors also lined the streets, selling everything from hand-crafted jewelry to organic jellies and jams.
The Fayette County Green Advisory Team and the New River Gorge Learning Co-Op, along with other organizations, set up booths with information about how to save money and energy, live sustainably, and preserve natural resources.
Cindy Ellis, a West Virginia Highlands Conservancy representative, attended the event to discuss environmental issues and deforestation.
“Our focus is to protect the mountains,” Ellis said.
April Storm, with the New River Gorge Learning Co-Op, was in charge of the Swap Shop, where people were invited to bring what they wanted to donate, and take away something new to them. Clothing, DVDs, CDs and more were available at the Swap.
“It’s all about recycling,” Storm said.
This Earth-friendly extravaganza also offered trees, free of charge, to anyone who wanted to take one home to plant.For local recycling options, check out the following options:
-- Aluminum cans, cardboard, mixed office paper and newspaper can be recycled at the water plant on Gatewood Road, Walmart in the Fayette Town Center, Ben Franklin parking lot, and Studio B parking lot near Dirty Ernie’s.
-- The town of Fayetteville supports recycling efforts and hosts periodic events to collect old electronics. Check out www.townoffayetteville.org for more information.
-- Oak Hill recycling locations include Foodland (cell phones and plastic bags), Kroger (plastic bags), Oak Hill City Park (aluminum and tin cans, cardboard, newspaper, and No. 1 and No. 2 plastics), Radio Shack (cell phones and used rechargeable batteries), Advance Auto Parts (motor oil), and Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School (aluminum and tin cans, cardboard, No. 1. and No. 2 plastics).
For more information about how to make a difference, not only on Earth Day, but every day, visit www.earthday.org.
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