The very first Earth Day was celebrated forty-four years ago in 1970. Since that time, our Earth has grown ever more damaged and fragile.
When I was little, one of my favorite pastimes was taking a walk, looking at the flowers and bugs and listening to the birds hailing each other above me. Everything was beautiful and exciting to me at that age. Even now, however, when I go out to fill the bird feeders on mornings awash in the pinks and silvers of daybreak, I am filled with awe and amazement at the beauty surrounding me in my own back yard. The trees feel like old friends, sparrows and blue jays hanging from the branches. I cannot imagine these simple treasures disappearing.
We must protect our backyards, our villages, our countries, our Earth. We have never been so connected–the internet causing miles to disappear at the touch of a keyboard. We are all united in these connections. As Marshall McLuhan said in 1964, “There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth. We are all crew.”
Find out more about Earth Day and events you can participate in by going HERE. Below are a few that are taking place in Columbus and surrounding counties.
Several of the area Metro Parks will also be honoring Earth Day with programs throughout the Central Ohio area. To find a program you would enjoy, go HERE.
We always know spring is here when the Plain City Lions Club auction arrives. This year, those funny loving Lions are hoping you’ll join them the last Thursday of the month and raise money for their many, many service projects and local charities. This auction, which is filled with jokes and teasing along with tons of super buys, always leaves people with full bellies, giant smiles, and empty wallets (people bid often to help support a good cause!).
You can bid on several great items at the auction including: Four tires (up to a $450 value) donated by E&R Tires Plus, four Michelin tires donated by Schrock Automotive, one week’s use of a Florida condo donated by Buckeye Boxes and John and Sue Ann Pieroni, Echo gas string trimmer which retails for $240 donated by Hilliard Lawn and Garden, a Lake Erie perch dinner for the lucky buyer and ten other family members and friends (courtesy of Captains and Cooks Richard Murray and Roger Weeks), Spanish lessons with Lion Veronica Taylor, and an Adirondack Chair donated by Yutzy’s Farm Market. Jim Butler is also donating a 3 yard dump truck load of 27-year-old bull manure (the manure is 27-years old–not the bull–aged like fine wine) compost for delivery and dump within a 10-mile radius of Plain City ($300 value).
The Lions Club Annual Dinner and Auction will be held on Thursday, April 24, in the Banquet room at Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City at 6:30 pm.
Tickets are $16, which includes a family style dinner and entry to the auction. The meal will be served at 6:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased at True Value Hardware (see Lion Perry Yoder), Schrock Automotive (see Lion Bill Davis), and here at the pharmacy (see Joe). The auctioneers this year are Geoff Smith, Frank Roby, and Jay Kurtz.
Stop in the pharmacy as soon as possible and buy your tickets! You will have a roaring good time!
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FREE Electronic Waste and Appliance Day, Saturday, April 5, 9 am to 1 pm at Union Recyclers in Marysville.
On Saturday, April 5, there will be a FREE electronic waste and appliance recycling day from 9 am to 1 pm (rain or shine) at Union Recyclers, 15140 US Route 36 East in Marysville.
Items that will be accepted from households, businesses, industries, schools, and the government include: Computers, any and all types of cable and wire, cameras, servers, VCRs, Monitors, DVD Players, all types of cell phones, keyboards and mice, CD and DVD media, battery backup systems, scanners, printers, fax machines, copiers, all stereo equipment, video games, video game systems, all phone equipment, speakers, floppy disks, microwaves, sweepers, and other household electronics.
Televisions will be accepted for a fee of $20 each. Two (2) CRT (cathode ray tubes found in most computer monitors) monitors FREE per vehicle. $5 Fee for each additional CRT Monitor.
Freon and Non-Freon appliances including refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, stoves, dishwashers, washers, and dryers will be taken at NO CHARGE.
Aluminum beverage cans will be purchased for 5 cents over the price of the day!
Absolutely NO trash, tires, or household hazardous waste will be accepted. NO Early Drop Offs!
For more information, call Union Recyclers at 937-642-7283 or visit their web site HERE.
If a business, industry, school, or government office has a large quantity of electronic waste, contact Accurate IT to schedule a pick up date/time. Call 1-888-811-2487 or visit their web site HERE.
With winter coming to an end, it’s time to starting moving again. During this winter, it was easier than ever to stay inside due to the extreme low temperatures and snow.
Now that it’s starting to get warmer, let’s talk about becoming active or staying active. There are two main types of exercise that we will discuss: muscle strengthening and aerobic activity.
Muscle strengthening exercises are activities that help strengthen muscle. There are many different types of exercises to help build muscle–these include lifting weights, exercising with resistance bands, exercises that use your own body weight (pull-ups, push-ups, sit-ups, etc.), and yoga. Strength training should be done at least twice a week involving all major muscle groups (legs, back, chest, arms, etc.). There is no suggested length of time to perform these exercises twice weekly.
Aerobic activity or “cardio” gets you breathing harder and your heart beating faster. There are many different exercises that you can do that are considered aerobic activity. Walking, running, swimming, biking, and tennis are just a few options. The recommended amount of cardio each week depends on the intensity level or how hard you are working during the activity. Moderate activity (brisk walking) should be performed for 150 minutes/week (5-30 minute periods) and vigorous activity (running/jogging) 75 minutes/week.
Starting slow and increasing your exercise level is very important. For example, it is perfectly okay to start with 10 minutes of walking a few times a week.
The 20% boost program is marketed as a realistic way to get to 10,000 steps/day, the amount of steps recommended by the Surgeon General. The boost program suggests starting by purchasing a pedometer to keep track of how many steps you take in a day. During the first week, do not change your routine, but wear your pedometer to get an idea of how many steps you are already taking. Add up your steps for the week and divide that by 7 to get an average of how many steps you took per day that week. Now take that number and multiply it by 1.2 to tell you how to increase the number of steps you take by 20%.
For example, if I add all my steps for week one and it equals 7000 steps, I then divide this number by 7 to equal 1000 steps. This means I averaged 1000 steps per day that week. I then multiply 1000 by 1.2 to increase my total steps by 20% and my new goal is 1200 steps per day for the following week. Do this each week until you reach your goal. This is a safe way to increase your aerobic activity without trying too much too quickly. It can be hard to get back into exercise mode, but starting small and building up to desired levels is a good way to get back into action.