March 20, 2013

Liz Swafford: Recycling Ben advances to The Final Four



World Water Day is Friday

Friday is World Water Day, a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The theme for this year is the International Year of Water Cooperation. Visit www.unwater.org to learn more about the events taking place around the world and to download free educational materials.

Go to the youth and kids section to download the full color poster about the water cycle. Use it at home or school to learn about how water changes states and recycles itself on our planet. The United States Geological Survey and the United Nations Water Communications team developed this new poster that includes a lot of neat facts about water.

You can celebrate World Water Day this year by simply learning more about the water cycle and implementing one way to conserve water at home. For example, run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month. Or, water your lawn and garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation.


Earth Hour 2013 is Saturday

Saturday at 8:30 p.m. you can join thousands of people around the world as they turn off their lights for an hour as a massive show of concern for the environment. What started as a symbolic action about 10 years ago has evolved into a movement driving real actions, big and small, that are making positive changes in the world we live in. Turning off your lights is very simple to do and has an immediate impact in energy conservation. But it’s also an acknowledgment that we all share this one planet and its limited resources.

You can participate this year by taking the Earth Hour 2013 Pledge at the World Wildlife Fund website which is leading the program in the U.S. this year: www.worldwildlife.org/pages/earth-hour. Or visit www.earthhour.org to learn more about the movement and see what other countries are doing to participate. If you don’t want to turn off the lights you can also try different changes like recycling more or planting native trees at home. Small actions from many people will add up to a big, positive impact.

Liz Swafford is the recycling and education program coordinator for the Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority. Contact her at (706) 278-5001 or at lswafford@dwswa.org.

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    August means children across the state are headed back to school, and for parents that means it’s time to buy new shoes and clothes for children who have outgrown their old ones. It means it’s time to buy new school supplies, and it may even mean it’s time to get a child a new computer to do their school work.

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    For 60 years, the Green Spot has been a part of Dalton. It survived long after most other locally owned grocery stores in the area had folded to competition from big chain grocery stores and to big box super stores.

    July 29, 2014

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    July 29, 2014

  • Letter: Children are not the enemy

    We recently read somewhere that our country is at war, not with another nation but with one another.

    July 29, 2014

  • Ensuring the joy of reading

    They’re little, they’re libraries, and best of all, they’re free.

    July 28, 2014

  • Move carefully, but soon

    No one intended for it to happen. No one had any bad motives.
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    July 27, 2014

  • Local school systems must bear costs of federal immigration failure

    No word. No warning. Little help.
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    July 26, 2014

  • Sacrifices worth honoring

    Members of the Dalton City Council were recently approached by representatives of the local chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart with a request to declare Dalton a Purple Heart City. Council members indicated they will approve the request.

    July 24, 2014

  • We must do better

    The numbers tell a sad tale.
    Registered voters: 36,843.
    Cards cast: 5,307.
    That means the turnout for Tuesday’s runoffs in Whitfield County was a measly 14.4 percent, according to unofficial results from the Whitfield County elections office.

    July 23, 2014

  • Letter: Control immigration

    Thousands are starting to pour into our country, and things are getting personal. Why would we end up the bad guys if we turn away children who aren’t ours? How does it make us better people to let one man steal from our children and stand by and do nothing?

    July 23, 2014