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Ossining's Earth Day 2012 Events Start Saturday

OSSINING, N.Y. – The Earth Day 2012 celebration is set for Saturday in Ossining, but local officials hope the message will last for years.

“We need to work together in order for our world to survive,” said Sue Donnelly, Ossining’s town supervisor. “We really need people to work together to make these things happen and it’s important that people learn how to do it and learn all of the things they can do to help.”

More than 35 vendors are lined up starting at 11 a.m. Saturday at Louis Engel Waterfront Park to show residents everything from creating a compost pile to energy savings steps in the home. The day’s events, organized by the Green Ossining Committee , also include children’s activities, several music acts and the continuation of Stash The Trash and Free-A-Tree programs. Donnelly said the day’s activities are designed to teach residents and their families techniques to save energy and help the environment.

“It’s a great place to bring your children and teach them about being green,” Donnelly said. “It’s really a perfect event for families to come out and learn together.”

While the town and village of Ossining typically collaborate to plant a single tree, officials this year will plant eight trees at Nelson Sitting Park with the help of donations from the Ossining Lions Club and Con Edison.

“This year we were lucky enough to find a breed of elm trees that are resistant to the Dutch elm disease,” said Parks and Recreation Supervisor Henry Atterbury. “They used to be on Main Streets all over America and we’re hoping this is the start of bringing them back to Ossining.”

Village Mayor William Hanauer said the day could also help many in Ossining learn about the town and village’s involvement with Energize Ossining , a program that allows residents to receive free energy audits in their homes.

“It’s crucial to the future of the village,” Hanauer said. “There are much more efficient ways of heating and lighting than we currently use. And there will be some amount of investments but the return will be great.”

Hanauer added that some residents could be put off by the idea of spending to save energy and that’s why Energize Ossining exists.

“The initial investment is not by the homeowner, but the initial investment is through a grant,” Hanauer said. “It’s free so you get to learn what work you could do to make this ecological assessment to improve the use of energy in your house. It’s an amazing thing. It’s free and the investment is your time.”

The Stash The Trash and Free-A-Tree programs begin at noon at Engel Park, the Caputo Community Center, the Ossining Historical Society, Jug Tavern and Dale Avenue Park. Residents will meet to help clean up trash around the various town and village locations for Stash The Trash and remove invasive vines on trees as a part of Free-A-Tree.

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