Earth Day Event ~ Floyd VA April 19

More details soon, but put this on your calendar. And vendors, let us hear from you!

Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day has been an annual opportunity for civic and church groups, schools and universities, municipalities and national organizations to take a fresh look at how we might work more effectively towards a healthier planet.

Come celebrate our place in the world with a focus on the topic: Water and Life in Floyd County. The April 19 event at Floyd County High School will be free and open to the public.

Speakers, panelists, vendors of water and nature-care-related products as well as water, soils and geology professionals will be present. They will meet with interested county residents who want to learn how to help maintain both adequate quantity and quality of water in the county.

Opening at 9:30 AM and with sessions beginning at 10:00 a.m., four morning presentations in the auditorium will offer perspectives on water, sustainability and earth-care issues in Floyd County and the region.

Ongoing demonstrations and displays will be offered by FCHS students as well as by area agencies, organizations and enterprises. Food and snacks will be provided by local vendors.

A panel discussion in the early afternoon will look at ways to “take home” better water and soil management practices and apply them locally and now–the best way to start having a long-term earth-impact for the years ahead.

Details of event times, locations and topics will be made known in coming weeks in the Floyd Press.

Your participation is invited. Plenty of space is available at the high school for vendors of water and earth-care products and services, earth-related arts and crafts, food services and relevant stewardship and conservation information. Help is always welcomed in any way you might volunteer for the day.

If you are interested in being involved in this effort sponsored by the Partnership for Floyd, please contact Jack Wall at 392-4381 or e-mail as soon as possible. And put April 19 on your calendar today!

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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