The annual ritual of distributing materials for Earth Day is a tradition in Troy. Today more then 30 neighborhood groups, and private citizens looking to help out, were given volunteer tee shirts, recycle bags, and gloves for tomorrows annual city wide cleanup. It was a great way to catch up with community leaders who I rarely get a chance to speak with.
Claire Davis, the Queen of the Osgood neighborhood, walked into the Knickerbacker Ice Rink and immedietly informed me that the door of the facility contained words with improper apostrophe useage. Jim Shepard filled me in on the work being done at the Uncle Sam Trail. The lovely Thila Bell, of the South Lansingburgh N/hd Assoc. is still going strong, even though she's over 50 now! Mary Ann Conroy, who's material order I totally botched last year, received Gold Membership treatment this year -- and walked away happy. Her group, the Frear Park Conservatory, does an incredible job at helping to beautify the historic park.
Tomorrow, groups will be out in force cleaning things up, with city workers picking up the bagged debris. Groups needing city assistance may call Joe Alborelli at, 701-1247. If anyone would like organic material for your gardens, feel free to help yourself at our composting mulch mountains located by the North Lake Ave entrance of Frear Park. The Alamo will be accepting light bulbs, household batteries, flouresent bulbs & tubes, computer equipment, and televisions (one per household please) ,free of charge for Troy residents. You must show proof of residency for this service.
Join us Sunday at the Knickerbacker Ice Rink for the annual Earth Day festival. The event will run from 1 - 4:00 p.m. Food, sweets, treats, face painting, great music, and the projected summer like weather, all add up to a wonderful afternoon for your family. Country sensation, Loose Cannon Live will be appearing. This group has shared stages with some of the biggest country stars today, and will be donating their services for this great cause. To get to the Knickerbacker Ice Rink facility, take 103rd St. to the end, and it's on your left hand side - YOU CANNOT MISS IT! Also, we will have a shredding truck on site that day, and will accept up to 50 lbs. per houshould for Troy residents.
I just pray that tomorrow and Sunday go as smoothly as today did.