Earth Day Events Mark Susquehannock's 20th Year

April 19, 1992|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Staff writer

Recycling. Traffic. Greyhounds.

Those are some of the topics thatwill be featured during next weekend's Earth Day celebration at the Susquehannock Environmental Center near Bel Air.

Running from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, the celebration will highlight steps anyone can take to make the Earth a better place -- fromcar pooling to adopting a greyhound racing dog.

The annual Earth Day celebration also will commemorate the 20th anniversary of Susquehannock, the oldest recycling center in the nation.

About a dozen government agencies, civic organizations and school groups will have information booths at the celebration.

Among those on hand will be Neil Leary, the new commuter transportation coordinator at the Harford Department of Planning and Zoning.

If two motorists begin traveling to work together, they could cut their travel expenses in half, Leary said. And with fewer motorists, the state would not have to build new roads as quickly.

At the Earth Day affair, Leary will provide county motorists with information on train and bus services and signing up people in a new car-pooling program.

Under the program, the county takes the names of motorists, where they live and where theywork, Leary said. A computer then matches motorists who could travelto work together.

Mary Garver of Baldwin also will be at the Earth Day fair with her four greyhounds -- Sparky, Cleopatra, Misty Blue and Esquire.

Garver is a member of Greyhound Pets of America, a non-profit, volunteer group that arranges the adoption of the racing dogs after their retirement.

Some 50,000 greyhounds are killed each year when they are only 2 or 3 years old because they can no longer race fast enough, Garver said.

"We are trying to save as many (greyhounds) as we can," she said. "They make good pets."

Garver shouldknow: She has adopted four greyhounds over the past 15 months. She says greyhounds are easily trainable, gentle dogs with good temperments.

Greyhound Pets of America has arranged about 800 adoptions overthe past seven years, Garver said. The organization requires a $100 fee to cover veterinary and traveling expenses for adoptions.

The Chesapeake Cleanup Campaign, Harford Land Trust, Harford Glen, Harford Soil Conservation District, Harford

Archaeological Society, Sierra Club, Community Coalition of Harford County, and Conservation Federation of Maryland will take part.

The state Department of NaturalResources, the county Department of Public Works and the county Sod Run Wastewater Treatment Plant also will have booths at the event.

Susquehannock will give away evergreen seedlings.

Goodwin K. CobbIII, of the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs, will give a lecture.

Meanwhile, Edgewood Middle School's Mall and Sixth Grade bands willperform. County students will read haiku poems they wrote about the environment.

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