May 16, 2013

Letter: Thanks given for Earth Day assistance

— The Ecumenical Earth Day committee would like to thank the Dalton community and a host of agencies and organizations for a very successful event last month. Attendees were treated to a free hot dog lunch, lots of door prizes, on-site crafts to take home, wonderful music and plenty of freebies from the exhibitors.

We thank our community partners Dalton Utilities, Keep Dalton-Whitfield Beautiful and Love Funeral Home. Thanks also to our fine exhibitors Keep Chatsworth-Murray Beautiful, Dalton State College Environmental Club, Sallie Jones and her recycled crafts, Dalton Tree Board, Dr. Frank Lawrence of the Jamaica Organic Agriculture Movement, Whitfield County 4-H Clubs, Georgia Power, the Dunbar family for face painting, the C.E. Blevins Avian Center, EarthCare, SORBA, Sprint, Save Georgia’s Hemlocks and Tom Phipps, and to Clyde Taylor and his gals Twinkle and Cotton. Thanks to all for their exhibits, stage presentations, activities and door prizes, and to The Daily Citizen for publishing our press releases and the photos taken at the event by Misty Watson.

Music on our stage was outstanding, with thanks going out to Gordon and Cathy DeLashmitt, Darlene Arnold, the Yauger Family, and Anthony (and the Happy Gospel Boogie band).

The 2013 Community Caretaker Award went to the Georgia Sheriffs’ Cherokee Estate and Mountain View Boys Home equine program for promoting stewardship through responsible horsemanship, training, nutrition and care. Congratulations also goes to our fifth grade 4-H Poster Contest winners Lucia Barriga of Brookwood Elementary, Lexy Davis of Beaverdale Elementary and Jose Torres of Dawnville Elementary.

The event would not be possible without our planning committee with thanks going to John Rossing, Brad Britton and Art and Beverly Sutton. Special thanks to our monthly meeting spot, Powell’s Country Kitchen. Finally, we thank our churches, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Mineral Springs UMC, Mount Vernon UMC and our host Christ the King Lutheran Church.

This year the community turned out a crowd to “Enjoy the Outdoors” with us. Thank you for joining us, learning about Earth stewardship and enjoying the day. See you next year!

Cheryl Phipps