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Earth Day observance culminates Saturday

Earth Day observance culminates Saturday
Associate Editor
Local residents are invited to join the more than 500 million people across the world celebrating Earth Day, which is observed each year on April 22.
Earth Day Celebration 2012 is being sponsored by Main Street-Union City, Obion County Recycle Cen-ter and Republic Services. It started Friday with the Obion County Earth Day Celebration Green-Out Card and will culminate in events on Saturday.
Residents will have the opportunity to recycle all kinds of items during this week, with businesses in Union City serving as drop-off locations. They include:
• Reelfoot Bank — magazines;
• Say It In Stitches — blue jeans;
• Foxy Zazz — eye glasses and jewelry;
• Fashion Network — nail polish;
• The Chocolate Bunny — eye glasses;
• Obion County Public Library — greeting cards and ink cartridges;
• Davis Group — books;
• Obion County Recycling Center — computers;
• Bennett’s Inc. — neckties, slacks, suits and sport coats;
• The Messenger — newspapers;
• White and Associates/First Citizens Insurance — hearing aids and cell phones;
• Computers Direct — computers;
• Celebrations by Sheila — plastic bags and hotel items/toiletries;
• Gallery of Style — plastic bottles;
• Suedell’s — purses and accessories;
• Siena Hair Salon — cans;
• A New Beginning — shoes;
• Van Heusen Factory Outlet — magazines;
• Garden House Boutique — wigs;
• Lanzer Printing and Office Supply Co. — toner/ink cartridges;
• Butterfly Estate Gallery — household hardware;
• Snappy Tomato Pizza — magazines.
First Citizens National Bank and Peddlers Mart will be collecting canned food items, while First State Bank will be accepting monetary donations for Promethian Group during the week-long event.
Commercial Bank will be shredding papers and documents at its downtown location on First Street Wednesday from 1-5 p.m. The event is not limited, so individual residents and businesses may take part in the Super Shredder event, Main Street-Union City executive director Phyllis Rauchle said.
Friday, residents will have the opportunity to meet Miss Teen Earth United States Carlie Vowell at Merchants Park at the corner of First Street and Washington Avenue from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. David Bragg with Republic Services will be cooking hamburgers and hot dogs, and white beans and cornbread will also be served by members of Main Street-Union City.
On Saturday, Konica Minolta Business Solutions will be accepting toner boxes for recycling and Obion County Prevention Coalition will be at the Municipal Building to accept outdated, unused and unwanted over-the-counter and prescription medications.
Several businesses downtown will have special events and special savings on Saturday.
Merchants have donated items which have been included in two baskets, each worth more than $350. To be eligible to win the baskets, residents are asked to obtain an Obion County Earth Day Celebration Green-Out Card from one of the merchants on the card. They include Say It In Stitches, Lanzer Printing and Office Supply Co., Garden House Boutique, Snappy Tomato Pizza, Peddlers Mart, First Citizens National Bank, Siena Hair Salon, Double Bell Golf Shop, Suedell’s, Reelfoot Bank, Gallery of Style, Celebrations by Shelia, Computers Direct Consulting, Obion County Public Library, Lighthouse Christian Bookstore, Obion County Chamber of Commerce, Bennett’s, Foxy Zazz, A New Beginning, Ameriprise Financial, Butterfly Estate Gallery, Revive Day Spa, VanHeusen, Fashion Network Upscale Resale and The Chocolate Bunny.
The merchants must be visited so they can place their special mark on the card. No purchase is required. Completed cards may be turned in to any of the participating green-out card merchants or placed in a bin at Kiwanis Park on Saturday no later than 11 a.m. Only completed cards will be considered. The winners do not have to be present, but must legibly complete the card with all requested information. Rules for the contest are listed on the back of each card.
The Obion County Public Library’s Teen Advisory Group will have a day of activities planned for children at Kiwanis Park on Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon. There will be story time, games, face painting, garbage art projects and refreshments.
The Obion County J’Cettes will also be set up on Saturday at the Obion County Chamber of Commerce to accept all kinds of recyclables.
The week-long event will wrap up with the drawings for the baskets at noon in Kiwanis Park.
Mrs. Rauchle said she is thankful the businesses and the community have wrapped their arms around this project and are willing to participate. Published in The Messenger 4.17.12