ECO-BULLETIN FROM OTSEGO COUNTY CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION
April 17, 2014: Vol. 7, No. 5
Eco-bulletin headlines this issue:
CORRECTION ON GARAGE SALE COLLECTION DATES
OCCA DINING TO DONATE EVENT IS MAY 5
SIXTH BIKE TO WORK DAY SET FOR MAY 21
OCCA GARAGE SALE FAST APPROACHING
POSTER CONTEST FOCUSES ON RECYCLING
AWARD-WINNING FILM TO BE SHOWN APRIL 22
OCCA TO EXHIBIT AT ROTARY’S SPRING FLING
SAVE THE DATE: OTSEGO LAKES FESTIVAL
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS
CORRECTION ON GARAGE SALE COLLECTION DATES: Donations for OCCA’s annual “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” Garage Sale will be accepted from Monday, April 21 through Thursday, April 24 at the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market building (101 Main Street, Pioneer Alley). No one will be in attendance on Sunday, April 20 as previously published. We apologize for any inconvenience.
OCCA DINING TO DONATE EVENT IS MAY 5: Join the Otsego County Conservation Association from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. on Monday, May 5at Applebee’s® in Oneonta and Dine to Donate. This is a fund-raising benefit and 10% of your check (excluding tax and tip) will be donated to OCCA in support of its mission to promote the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, and planning. To qualify, you need a Dining to Donate voucher for each of your family and friends. These will be available at the annual OCCA “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” Garage Sale onSaturday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Sunday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market building, Pioneer Alley in Cooperstown. Vouchers are available as well at OCCA’s main office, 7193 State Highway 80, Cooperstown (Mohican Farm, corner of Allen Lake Road, 547-4488) or the satellite office at 101 Main Street in Pioneer Alley next to the farmers’ market (547-4020). Dining to Donate vouchers may also be obtained at Otsego Bicycles, 74 Water Street, Oneonta (see owner Ed Lorenz, 432-1731). Mark your calendar for OCCA’s Dining to Donate event on May 5 at Applebee’s®. “Eatin’ Here is Good for the Neighborhood” and you’ll be benefiting OCCA, www.occainfo.org.
SIXTH BIKE TO WORK DAY SET FOR MAY 21: The Sixth Annual Bike to Work Day for Otsego County will be held on Wednesday, May 21with check-in sites at more than 20 locations countywide. For the second year, organizers of the event – Otsego Regional Cycling Advocates, a committee of OCCA – have joined forces with the National Bike Challenge, presented by the League of American Bicyclists. This year, the National Bike Challenge goal is to have 50,000 riders nationwide pedaling 30 million miles from May 1 until September 30. Every time challenge participants get on their bikes, their miles count toward that goal. Whether for fitness, fun, or transportation, or whether riding as an individual or in a team, Otsego County bicyclists are invited to join and log miles onnationalbikechallenge.org and should look for “Otsego Regional Cycling Advocates Bike Challenge” to sign up as part of the local effort. Miles pedaled on a stationary bike or trainer do not count. The aim of Bike to Work Day is to encourage people to choose an alternative “green” mode of transportation – biking, walking or even skateboarding – to get to work or school, to run errands, or just for fun on May 21 in particular and as a lifestyle choice in general. Those wishing to learn more about Bike to Work Day or to register as a check-in location should contact Martha Clarvoe at the OCCA satellite office in Cooperstown, (607) 547-4020, or via e-mail,firstname.lastname@example.org.
OCCA GARAGE SALE FAST APPROACHING: OCCA’s Annual “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” Garage Sale will be held on Saturday andSunday, April 26 and 27 in the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market building at 101 Main Street, Cooperstown (Pioneer Alley). The official collection dates for the OCCA garage sale will be April 21-24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All donations are tax deductible: OCCA will provide a donation voucher upon request. Those who would like more information about volunteering to assist with the event should call (607) 547-4488 or e-mail email@example.com for further details.In addition to raising funds for OCCA programming, the garage sale also benefits the environment through waste prevention, or “source reduction.” Source reduction, including reuse, can help reduce waste disposal and handling costs, because it avoids the costs of recycling, municipal composting, land filling, and combustion. Source reduction also conserves resources and reduces pollution, including greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.http://occainfo.org/documents/GarageSaleFlyer2014_002.pdf.
POSTER CONTEST FOCUSES ON RECYCLING: All New York State public and private school children and youth organizations are invited to showcase their artistic talent and their commitment to the environment by participating in the 11th Annual New York Recycles Poster Contest sponsored by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York Recycles Steering Committee. This poster contest helps achieve a goal of higher excellence in recycling, composting, and buying recycled products and packaging. Themes for this year’s contest include: New York Recycles; Composting – Be A Rot Star; Recycling on the Go; Textile Mascot and Slogan (students can develop a mascot and slogan to increase recycling of clothes, towels and other textiles that are not good enough to be reused); Recycle at School; Reuse It Again and Again; Litter – Let’s Pick it Up New York. The contest deadline isMay 16. For more information, see http://www.dec.ny.gov/education/32506.html.
AWARD-WINNING FILM TO BE SHOWN APRIL 22: “Journey of the Universe” will be shown at the First Presbyterian Church Chapel (at the intersection of Elm and Pioneer streets) on Tuesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. This film is being sponsored by the church’s Environmental Stewardship team and will be followed by discussion. The Emmy award winning documentary is about the birth and development of the universe and the earth. The film dramatically reimagines the universe story and reframes the human connection to the cosmos. It was created by a renowned team of scientists, scholars and film makers. Evolutionary philosopher Brian Thomas Swimme and Yale historian of religions Mary Evelyn Tucker have created a narrative that both illuminates and celebrates the profound role humans play in the flourishing of the earth. The story of the universe inspires wonder as we understand the complexity through science and appreciate the beauty through poetry, art, history, religion and philosophy. In a time of growing environmental and social crisis, we think about the impact humans have on the planet today. The questions arise: what is our role, our responsibility? The film is designed to inspire a new and closer relationship with Earth. How do we create sustainability? How can the Earth Community flourish? What is our moral responsibility? What might be the role of the Faith Communities of the world religions? For questions about the event, contact the Rev. Elsie Rhodes at (607) 547-8401. For more information on the film, visit www.journeyoftheuniverse.org.
OCCA TO EXHIBIT AT ROTARY’S SPRING FLING: OCCA will be among the local community groups, vendors of food, drink, and arts and crafts, and area businesses to share the spotlight as Railroad Avenue is transformed on Saturday, May 17 for the Rotary Club of Cooperstown’s first-ever Spring Fling Street Fair. Merchants, artists, farmers, craftspeople and non-profit organizations are invited to participate in this community-building event. Live music and a silent auction will also be featured during this celebration of spring. For more information on craft, business and non-profit vending, contact Karen Katz at firstname.lastname@example.org or (607) 434-3418. Food vendors with trucks or trailers, or those wishing to learn more about the silent auction, should contact Melanie Boyer email@example.com or (607) 547-2555, ext. 250. Rotary International’s main objective is service – in the community, in the workplace, and around the globe. The Rotary Club of Cooperstown was founded in 1924. To learn more about the Spring Fling Street Fair, visit: http://occainfo.org/documents/SpringFlingInvite.pdf.
SAVE THE DATE: The seventh Otsego Lakes Festival will be held this year on Saturday, July 12 at Lakefront Park in Cooperstown fromnoon to 5 p.m. Organized under the aegis of the Otsego County Water Quality Coordinating Committee, the Lakes Festival offers residents and visitors alike a day full of fun and festivities celebrating our lakes – educational exhibits, children’s activities, hands-on workshops and lake tours will all focus on the importance of protecting our waterways and ensuring water quality throughout our region. OCCA Executive Director Darla M. Youngs serves as WQCC facilitator and on the Lakes Festival Planning Committee. To make a financial contribution toward the Lakes Festival, or to register as an exhibitor or vendor, please contact Youngs at firstname.lastname@example.org or (607) 547-4488.
OTHER UPCOMING OCCA EVENTS:
- May 3: Trail Maintenance at Basswood Pond State Forest.
- May 17: Adopt-a-Highway Clean-up.
- May 24: Spring Wildflower Hike at Greenwoods Conservancy. Co-sponsored with Otsego Land Trust.
OCCA RELIES ON YOUR SUPPORT. Got a minute? Visit our website and look at everything OCCA is doing – and please consider an online donation whenever you can. Click on www.occainfo.org and look for the Network for Good logo at the top left of the home page to make a donation today.