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Near-perfect setting in Halifax for Earth Day

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LEARNING ABOUT THE WATER — Madison Robbins, 2, and Jaliyah Terry, 8, played with inflatable globes in a sandbox that contained seashells and bits of trash that kids were cautioned to remove. (Eva Cassada photo)
SoVaNow.com / April 22, 2013
A steady crowd enjoyed a near-perfect spring day as Halifax celebrated Earth Day on Saturday. “It was just wonderful,” said Halifax Events Coordinator Susi Robbins of the Farmers Market celebration. “The day couldn’t have been better and the kids seemed to have a great time.”

Robbins said 38 vendors took part in Earth Day, with another dozen or so selling food and other items inside at the Farmers Market. Each of the vendors seemed pleased with their sales for the day, she said.

“I went back to get some goat cheese from Country Charms and they were all sold out, and Hudson Farms had good sales also,” she added.

Robbins expressed delight at the variety of children’s activities that came together for Earth Day. Members of the Blessed Hope Church youth group made spinning tops from recycled music CDs, drawing much attention to their recycled toys. Another favorite among the children: a sand-filled pool with balloon globes and replicas of seashells. Children were able to identify the shells and learn about debris that can degrade the health of the shoreline environment

And of course, there was music and food — something for everyone.

In back of downtown Halifax, a collection was held for outdated electronics, ready for recycling — also a big success, according to Peg Anderson, who spearheaded the project. Anderson said ten “gaylords” — a fancy name given to cardboard collection boxes nearly five feet tall — were filled with electronics equipment to hauled off and recycled. The exact poundage will not be known, Anderson said, until the truck transporting the recycled electronics arrives at its destination in Knoxville, Tennessee.

“We are extremely grateful to Bo’s Hydraulics and Donnie Ellington of Franklin’s Garage for the use of the equipment used in moving the heavy pallets as the materials were stored onto the truck,” Anderson said.

Robbins said she was happy that many Earth Day visitors picked up pledge cards informing them how they each can help the environment by conserving energy and recycling. “I was just hoping to make people more aware of the importance of preserving our natural resources,” she said.







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