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Cleanup event set in Portage Twp.

2014-04-16T00:00:00Z Cleanup event set in Portage Twp.Robin Wilkening Times Correspondent
April 16, 2014 12:00 am  • 

When our family first moved to Portage some 24 years ago, I was a stay-at-home mom. Randy Jr. and Chris were toddlers and when they were a tad over-zealous in their playtime we would go out to our local video store and rent some free kid’s movies. They loved Dr. Seuss’ books and they loved the short videos that we rented of their favorite author. They were extremely fond of “The Lorax” and would watch it over and over. I thought they would wear it out.

“I speak for the trees”, was a familiar quote used around our house when I was showing them how and why we recycle here in Portage. When the full length movie came out, we had to see it. Now, it especially warms my heart, with the new recycle containers, that more people in Portage are recycling more than ever.

As we head into this weekend, let us remember it is important to take care our community, state, country and world by taking care of our Earth. Next Tuesday is Earth Day and I hope people will be out in droves to help us clean up our Portage Township.

Hundreds of coloring contest papers have been given to all Portage Township School’s elementary and middle school age children, by Portage Township Trustee’s office, to give their artistic impressions for Earth Day and how we should recycle at home and all over. Every year’s entries are so beautiful and informative, I know the judges have a difficult time picking the winners.

At 9 a.m. Saturday, Portage Township Park’s Department invites everyone out for their 4th annual Team Up 2 Clean Up. This event is in celebration of Earth Day and volunteers will come together to beautify Haven Hollow Park, Field of Dreams and South Haven Little League fields in South Haven.

Volunteers can help pick up trash, sort recyclables, rake leaves and debris, prune and plant flowers. Everyone will meet at Haven Hollow, 330 W. County Road 700 North, for job assignments and disperse from there. All supplies will be on hand for the clean up. After the clean up at noon, volunteers will be welcomed back for a free refreshments.

For more information or to participate, please email at or visit them on Facebook at Portage Township Trustee ~ Brendan Clancy or call (219) 762-1623 ext. 31.

Please remember to reuse, recycle and remember it all starts with you and yours. I’m really dating myself by using this Romper Room motto but here we go! “Be a do-bee; don’t be a don’t-bee” Portage Township.

My faith in God cannot let me forgo speaking of the greatness of this weekend. We are in the midst of the most important week in history for Christians which culminates in the most triumphant 72 hours, as Jesus Christ dies on the cross for all our sins and is resurrected from the dead to sit at the right hand of God. Hallelujah, Christ has arisen indeed! Happy Easter everyone!

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