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April 28, 2013

Falls of the Ohio event celebrates planet

CLARKSVILLE —

Officially, Earth Day was April 22. Buy that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate our planet on other days too. And that’s exactly what officials at the Falls of the Ohio did on Saturday with their annual Earth Day celebration. 

Steve and Libby McCright treated their granddaughter Kaylee Borelli to the event.

“We’re learning a little bit about everything.  It’s Earth Day, so we’re taking in everything about the Earth that we can. Our favorite thing is spending time with our grandchild, but this is a great, great area,” said Steve McCright.

While attending the Earth Day celebration, the McCright family discovered different ideas for reusing and recycling common items for different crafts — like using 20-ounce soda bottles and 2-liter bottles for making a garden, gift basket or fish tank. 

The lessons didn’t end with crafts, though. There was a wealth of information during the Earth Day celebration aimed at teaching families and individuals how all aspects of their lives affect the planet. Thanks to Kimberly Frieder, and Debi Jochnau, families learned about healthy eating options and the effects of littered oceans.  

“We dive with wales and whale sharks and write about it. We write about how the climate change affects the ocean,” said Frieder, who’s mother Debi Jochnau takes underwater photographs. The family also operates a 147-acre farm called Farm2U in Hardinsburg that specializes in fresh, hand-grown produce that is personally delivered to its customers.

As always, the annual celebration was a welcome success for organizers. 

“Despite the weather, it turned out great. We are thrilled to see the people come out. Our volunteers felt like they really had fun and worked with a lot of people,” said Connie Farmer, volunteer coordinator, Falls of the Ohio State Park.  

Earth Day at the Falls also attracted the Floyd Central High School Science Club, who joined the celebration with their science teacher Lisa Lee.

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