On April 25, 2009 from noon to 5 pm, the good citizens of Fort Wayne, Indiana made history.
On this day, Waynedale Green Alliance and the Southwest Conservation Club united to broaden environmental awareness and to benefit Community Harvest of Northeast Indiana by celebrating the end of Earth Day Week at the Southwest Conservation Club, at 5703 Bluffton Road in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
WMEE 97.3, Today’s Best Variety of Music welcomed the participants.
The event began at noon with a proclamation by Mayor Tom Henry, followed by guest speakers;
Abigail Frost, Founder of the SAVE the Maumee River Grassroots Organization
Kira Blacketor, Education Specialist with Allen County Solid Waste District
Betsy Kachmar, of Citilink- Fort Wayne’s Public Transportation System
Betsy Yankowiak, Executive Director of the Little Rivers Wetland Project
Geoff Paddock, co-founder of the Northeast Indiana Passenger Rail Association
Matt Jones, Water Resource Education Specialist of the Allen County Partnership for Water Quality
Presentations featured, Laura Stein of Neuhouser Nursery, who explained how to build a rain garden, a project that is part of an incentive plan driven by the City of Fort Wayne. Karl Blust of Garrett Energy talked about the types of renewable energies and how they can save and help homeowners and our planet. The Energy Doctor, F & R Water Handling and Waste Management was also on hand to discuss other areas of sustainable living. Just For You Mobile Massage Therapy was open for business on-site.
At approximately 12:30pm Three Rivers Velo Club biked in from Wayne High School loaded down with canned goods. The All Stars Martial Arts Academy displayed their talents.
And, at 3pm the music began with Cathy Serrano, a gifted folk guitarist, along with Skip Calvin from Guitar Exchange, followed by Dan Dickerson from Harp Condition and Bill Certain who rocked the house.
Food, games, and other activities were on hand, and giveaways from local companies were announced throughout the day.
Admittance for this wonderful, educational, and fun event was a canned good or non-perishable food item that was donated to Community Harvest of Northeast Indiana.
Area organizations such as Waynedale Green Alliance, Southwest Conservation Club, Save the Maumee Grassroots Organization, Grassroots Green, Allen County Solid Waste District, Citilink, Three Rivers Velo Club, Waynedale News, Curves of Waynedale, Umber’s Do-It-Best Hardware, Community Harvest of Northeast Indiana, Heartland Communities, The Garden Angels Project, F & R Water and Waste Handling, All Martial Arts Academy, Energy Doctor, Bobick’s Golf, Just Especially for You, Summit City Bicycles, Just For You Mobile Massage Therapy, Garret Energy, Solar Electric Power, Summit City Asset Remarketing, and the Northeast Indiana Passenger Rail Association highlighted the green products, services and practices that are or will soon become a part of our everyday lives.