|Earth Day 07|
Over 260 volunteers helped beautify and protect Warrington Township during the 6th Annual Warrington Earth Day event. The event, which was originally staged by a small group of Girl Scouts, has grown to include representatives from 25 Girl Scout troops from Girl Scouts of Freedom Valley, 3 Cub Scout packs, 3 Boy Scout troops, the Central Bucks German Honor Society, the Central Bucks South Democrat Club, the St Joseph’s Parish Youth Group, Weichert Realtors, the Warrington Environmental Advisory Committee and other individual citizens. This year’s event included a variety of activities. Some volunteers cleared litter from local highways and the Bradford Reservoir, collecting more than 160 bags of trash and other large debris. Some groups planted a Rain Garden at the Igoe, Porter, Wells Park and also planted more than 900 plants to beautify common areas in local parks. Other groups labeled more than 200 storm drains and passed out educational materials to area residents about the hazards of dumping chemicals in storm drains. And one Boy Scout troop tackled an ambitious project to collect and split dead wood from common areas in the Township. The event was staged from Twin Oaks Day Camp. A series of educational exhibits were presented to help participants understand environmental issues. Exhibits included recycling and litter interactive displays by PA Cleanways, an exhibit on pollution and watersheds by Park Creek Watershed, a training station on Minimal Impact presented by Master Educator Marj Eby, a display on Master Gardeners created by volunteers from the Penn State Cooperative Extension Service, Predator Games facilitated by teacher Janean Adamson, and a Water Testing Station presented by the EPA and the Warrington EAC. Many Scouts were able to complete merit badges by participating in the day’s activities!
Volunteers also enjoyed free refreshments and supplies provided by local merchants. Business that contributed to the day include Wegmans, Wawa, Illg’s Meats, North Wales Water Authority, Eureka Stone Quarry, Rogers Tree Service, Lowes, Genuardi’s, BJ’s Whole Club, Klassic Cuts, PennDot, Verizon and Janet Ditroia – Long and Foster Real Estate. Volunteers also enjoyed music and karaoke provided by local DJ’s Karaoke and Beyond The EAC recognized all volunteers during one of their regularly scheduled meetings. Click here: EAC Recognition Event to view the pictures
The event was staged by the Warrington EAC and Girl Scouts of Freedom Valley. The projects were part of the Great Pennsylvania Clean-up, an event staged throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania during the month of April. Residents can find out more about the EAC’s efforts by attending their monthly meetings, the first Wednesday of each month, at the Warrington Township Building.