Letter to the Editor

Pollinator Day 2019 in the books

April 27th has come and gone, and with that there has been a time to reflect on Pollinator Day 2019. This year was one for the books. We had great weather most of the day, and we worked really hard on publicizing the event. These two things plus the fact that it is a really fun day brought 1,100 people out to the Purdue Research Park of Southeast Indiana.

As the person who oversees this event, it is very hard for me to wrap my brain around the fact that 1,100 people wanted to come out and learn about pollinators and how they affect our everyday lives. I never plan an event to see how many people I can get to come, but rather how good is the quality of the program so that the people who attend learn something. Hopefully everyone that attended learned that one in three bites of our food is directly related to a pollinator, and without pollinators we wouldn’t have as many fruits and vegetables to choose from.

If you know anyone who volunteered at Pollinator Day, please make sure that you thank them for their time and dedication because it takes a lot of blood, sweat, tears, and lost sleep to put this program on. The 15 member planning committee starts meeting in July to plan for the next year. They also work on lining up the vendors, and sponsors for the program. They also did something new this year and worked with local businesses to put ads in our event program. Then in April we work with the 100+ volunteers to make sure they know what is new to the event and where all of the emergency supplies are in the event they are needed.

This event couldn’t happen without the support of Duke Energy, Sunnyside Master Gardeners, Spring Valley Beekeepers, Floyd County Farm Bureau, Floyd County Soil and Water Conservation District, Indiana Master Naturalist, Republic Bank, Costco-Bardstown Road Store, Floyd Emergency Medical Associates, Smith Creek, Anthem, New Albany Ace Hardware, Consolidated Grain and Barge, Hellenic Senior Living of New Albany, Strandz and Threadz, German American Bank, Adamson We-Gro, Earthly Goods, Baptist Health Floyd Physical/Activity/Nutrition Coalition, and Georgetown Optimist Club.

Please make sure to mark your calendar for Pollinator Day 2020, which will be on April 25th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information about this event, please visit the Purdue Extension Floyd County website at www.extension.purdue.edu/floyd or follow Purdue Extension Floyd County on Facebook. You may also contact Gina Anderson by calling the Purdue Extension Floyd County Office at 812-948-5470 or emailing her at gmanders@purdue.edu.

— Gina Anderson

Purdue Extension Educator, Floyd County

Salvation Army seeks clothing donations for Back to School Give-Away

With the fast approach of our annual Back to School Give-Away, The Salvation Army is in need of clothing donations. Clothes, shoes and coats should be gently used or new and dropped off at the Clarksville Thrift Store, 528 Little League Blvd., Clarksville. Donations will be accepted at the Thrift Store Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This is the 28th year of the Back to School Give-Away and will impact students in Clark, Floyd, Scott and Washington counties. Last year, we served 500 students and hope to assist even more this year. The actual Back to School Clothing Give-Away will be Tuesday, July 23, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the Clarksville Thrift Store.

The Thrift Stores operated by The Salvation Army are supported totally from donations of merchandise from the community. The donated merchandise is sold during normal store hours, and the proceeds are used to support the Army’s community service. In addition to selling merchandise, the Army uses the Thrift Store as a source for supplying clothing and household goods without cost to families in need.

— Capt. Catherine Fitzgerald

The Salvation Army, New Albany