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March 22, 2001
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Mayor Kicks Off Environmental Awareness Days At Earth Wellness Festival
Winners of busboard competition announced

Mayor Don Wesely said today that environmental and conservation activities in Lincoln are providing a better quality of life today and for the future. He made his remarks at the 7th Annual Earth Wellness Festival at Southeast Community College, an environmental education program for local fifth-graders. The Festival kicks off Environmental Awareness Days, which includes a series of activities through April 30. (See attached list.)

"With this Festival and with the other activities planned in March and April, we are sending the message that protecting our environment is everyone’s job," Wesely said. "With the hands-on activities going on today, our kids are gaining a better understanding of our environment and what they can do to make sure our air, land and water remain healthy."

The Mayor also presented awards in the annual busboard contest for fifth-graders sponsored by the Water Conservation Task Force. The busboard contest is designed to promote water quality and conservation as an important everyday issue for all citizens. The winning entry was submitted by Hillary A. Randoja, who is home-schooled. There was a tie for second place between two Arnold Elementary students, Angelica Lopez and Roman Nelson. The winning entry will be displayed on a StarTran busboard during April and May.

Mayor Wesely reminded city residents that the Yard Waste Composting Program begins April 1. Until November 30, residents must separate their yard waste from their household trash. (A fact sheet is attached.)

"This program, now in its eighth year, has diverted hundreds of thousands of tons of grass and leaves from our city landfill," said Wesely. "We not only save landfill space, but the LinGro compost which results from the program is a very beneficial product." The Mayor also thanked the city’s waste haulers for their cooperation in making the program a success.

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