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Earth Day

The Inter-Mountain photos by Edgar Kelley Several children make homemade bird feeders as part of the Earth Day celebration at Elkins City Park on Thursday. The feeders consisted of pine cones covered in peanut butter and then covered in bird seed.

ELKINS — Despite a chilly wind blowing snow across the Elkins City Park tundra, many residents young and old came out to celebrate Earth Day Thursday evening.

The celebration, which was organized by the Randolph County Democratic Women’s Club, saw hundreds of people come out and make there way around the park to peruse the many displays set up for the public.

“For our first try at this I’m pretty pleased with the number of people who came out, especially with the way the weather is today,” said Cindy Stemple, president of the Randolph County Democratic Women’s Club. “We would really like to make this a yearly event. We think its a nice thing to do, although next year we may try to find an indoor facility for an alternative site in case we have snow like today.”

Stemple, Jane Birdsong, Carol Cain Bush and Katy McClain served as the organizers of the event, which saw a host of local groups taking part, including the Emma Scott Garden Club, the Elkins Tree Board, Greenworks from Davis & Elkins College, YouthBuild North Central, Make it Shine, and the West Virginia Division of Forestry and the state Department of Natural Resources.

“We had a lot of tables come out and set up today,” Stemple said. “Jane Birdsong was responsible for getting all of these volunteer to come in, she just did a wonderful job.”

Woodsy the Owl from the West Virginia Division of Forestry talked with some patrons in front of one of the many stands set up at the Elkins City Park for Earth Day on Thursday.

Americorps volunteers, the Randolph County Arts Center, Elkins Main Street, Elkins Parks & Recreation, Kump Education Center, and 4-H leaders were some of the groups that helped present the event.

The Randolph County Solid Waste Authority donated money to give to the Po-e-Tree and Earth Day Poster contest winners. Claiming first place in the Poetry Contest was Hannah Haney and Bret Lambert. Second place went to Luke Anger and Thomas Nixon, while Nayo Barroso and Kaelyn Cogar collected third-place honors.

William Hedrick was the first-place winner in the Poster Contest, while Levi Tenney placed second and Charlee Shahan third.

“We did this for the kids because they are the future,” Stemple said. “This Earth belongs to them and they are going to be the caretakers of this planet. So we feel that it is really important to educate them.”

The Randolph Democratic Women’s Club continued to do their part for the environment Thursday as members of the organization celebrated Arbor Day by planting several trees. An oak tree was planted at the Beverly School, while a dogwood tree was put in the ground at Midland Elementary School. The Emma Scott Garden Club also planted a tree at the Davis Street Park.

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