Because there is a lot of ground to cover [excuse the pun], I will briefly touch on each topic and leave it to you to search further. ..
Earth Day is April 22. The evolution of this event, which began in 1970 appears in an article written by Senator Gaylord Nelson, founder of Earth Day. See earthday.envirolink.org/history for Senator Nelson’s article. This year is the 40th anniversary for those of you who aren’t solid in math. The purpose? Making our earth a better place for all of us by preserving our planet. I, for one contribute on a daily basis by depositing only bio-degradable products on the ground. Something that simple is so important in making our planet a better place, returning it to its pristine form prior to you guys – people. A local girl scout troop will have a display at our Pine River Public Library which will focus on recycled materials. It will be displayed until the end of April.
The next program sponsored by Kitchigami Regional Library made possible by the State of Minnesota Legacy Fund to preserve arts and cultural heritage, will be Saturday May 1st at 3:00 PM at The Warehouse in Pine River. So far I don’t think any of us have been disappointed by any of these programs. This one promises to be hugely interesting. Barbara W. Sommer, a Minnesota native and oral historian for more than 30 years (www.barbarawsommer.com) will speak to us about her book, “Hard Work and a Good Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota” This is hugely timely. It is about a time in our history when jobs were scarce and people were going hungry and what one state – our state - did to help its people. Don’t miss this program. The CCC provided more than 77,000 people with jobs during the dark days at the height of The Great Depression.
Keep on keeping on.
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Printed in the Pine River Journal 22 April 2010