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  • Trail cleanup kicks off Earth Day activities

  • Nearly 70 volunteers participated in the Stark County Park District’s three-hour cleanup Saturday. The cleanup marked the beginning of the park’s month-long observance of Earth Day, which officially will be recognized worldwide Monday.

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  • You never know what you may find in the woods.
    Just ask the 67 volunteers who participated in the Stark County Park District’s three-hour cleanup Saturday that marked the beginning of the park’s monthlong observance of Earth Day, which officially will be recognized worldwide Monday.
    They found: A porcelain toilet. A fire hydrant. Some flip-flop sandals and goggles. Two 20-inch televisions, a set of window blinds and tires — lots and lots of tires.
    “It was the weirdest thing to be out in the middle of the woods and finding some blinds,” said volunteer Jeremy Keaton of Akron.
    Just before noon Saturday, Keaton, along with Jason Rovira of Green and Cody Greenwalt of Canal Fulton, returned to the Butterbridge Road Trailhead at 5400 Butterbridge Road NW riding in a dump truck that was filled with tires they found along the Towpath and Old Muskingum trails between Canal Fulton and Jackson Township.
    Rovira said they tried to count them — even tallying the tires by groups of three — but lost track when they reached around 100.
    “Now everytime I go down the trail, I’m going to be looking (for trash),” Rovira said.
    Stark Parks Spokesman Jared Shive believes many of the tires have been there for years.
    “They probably were there even before the trail was there,” he said. “... We saw where one tree along the trail actually grew up through a tire.”
    In all, the volunteers removed 220 tires and more than 30 bags of trash Saturday. Shive said the tires will be taken to Liberty Tire Recycling in Minerva and the trash will be hauled to the park district’s maintenance facility where it will be sorted and recycled.
    Other Earth Day activities being held this week include:
    • Kent State University Stark campus will hold its Earth Day Celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. today, with a tree-planting ceremony at 1:15 p.m. and a 2 p.m. presentation where the Arbor Day Foundation formally will honor the university for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship.
    Throughout the day, children can participate in activities that include face painting, a mock fossil dig and a three-legged race. The Garbage Busters Recycling Show will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will teach children about recycling through puppetry, magic and storytelling. More details are available at www.stark.kent.edu/EarthDay.
    • Quail Hollow State Park will honor Earth Day on Monday with a woodland hike, photo display and a program about turtles. The event begins at 1 p.m. at the park at 13480 Congress Lake Ave. NE in Lake Township with the hike set for 2 p.m. For more details, call 330-877-6652 or visit www.quailhollowpark.org.
    Page 2 of 2 - • Countywide Recycling and Disposal Facility at 3619 Gracemont St. SW in Pike Township will be giving away more than 500 blue spruce tree seedlings from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday. Each visitor can get up to five seedlings free.
    • Anthony Petitti Garden Center & Floral Shop at 5828 Columbus Road NE in Nimishillen Township will be hosting events throughout the week, including a class at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday about sustainable, organic, local and ethical foods that will be held at the Center for Holistic Medicine and a shoreline cleanup at the Walborn Reservoir Marina at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. More details at www.petittisorganic.com.

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