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March 21, 2003

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Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
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Mayor Don Wesely today visited the ninth annual Earth Wellness Festival to award prizes in the annual water conservation busboard contest and to sign a proclamation designating March 21 through April 30 as Environmental Awareness Days in Lincoln. The Festival at Southeast Community College is an environmental education program for local fifth-graders.

“As much of our region has suffered from a drought, it is even more important that our children understand environmental issues and the importance of conservation,” said Mayor Wesely. “I commend the organizers of the Earth Wellness Festival for teaching our kids what they can do to protect our natural resources.”

The busboard contest, also for fifth-graders, is sponsored by the Water Conservation Task Force. It is designed to promote water quality and conservation as an important everyday issue for all citizens. The winning entry was submitted by Yvonne Lin of Maxey Elementary. Her artwork will be displayed on two StarTran busboards for one to two months and on a Lamar Outdoor Advertising billboard for one year.

Second place was awarded to Lauren Geisert of Cavett Elementary. She will also have her artwork displayed on a Lamar billboard for one year. Other winners are: 3rd - Lexi Davis, Beattie; 4th - Rebecca Carr, Morley, and Erin Kocher, Beattie; 5th - Jenna Bowmaster, Kahoa; 6th - Rachel Arkebauer, Beattie; 7th - Ashley Bartek, Kahoa; 8th - Tanajia Dean, Huntington; 9th - Katie Lane, Kahoa; and 10th - Dillon Maynard, Huntington. All winners will have their artwork on bookmarks distributed at City and school libraries.

Mayor Wesely encouraged residents to participate in the many activities planned for Environmental Awareness Days. (View activity list.) He also 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.
(View fact sheet.)

“This is the tenth year for the composting program,” said Mayor Wesely. “Since 1992, an estimated 139,600 tons of leaves and grass and 190,500 tons of brush and wood waste have been diverted from the landfill, adding nearly two years to the life of the landfill. If current levels of composting continue, we’ll add another four years to the life of the landfill. The cooperation of the City’s waste haulers in this effort is greatly appreciated.”

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