Crowds celebrate Earth Day in Jim Thorpe
Save Carbon County volunteers Linda Christman, left, and Edith Lukasevich at the Stop The Pipeline petition table on Earth Day. MIRNA P. GLEDHILL/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
The day started with early morning showers, but gave in to sunshine and mild temperatures that made the event possible.
This year's Earth Day brought in first-time vendors and cause voices to the event, such as the Save Carbon County group table, and The Seed House craft booth.
Retiree volunteers Edith Lukasevich from Jim Thorpe and Linda Christman from Towamensing were manning the 'Save Carbon County' information and petition table, urging passers-by to sign a postcard to be sent on their behalf to stop the building of the proposed PennEast pipeline.
According to the pamphlet, "The pipeline will run through Hickory Run State Park, State Game Lands and Beltzville State Park. Everywhere the pipeline goes, trees will be removed in a 100-foot swath. The pipeline will cross 53 waterways and 87 wetlands causing sweeping damage to habitats and protected streams."
The group's agenda, involvement, and pipeline information could be found on their Facebook page Stop the Fracking Pipeline and at StopPennEast.org.
The Seed House booth, represented by Kevin Smith II, was hoping to spread the word about a collaborative effort to have a maker's space for artists, inventors and craftsmen to have access to tools, wood shops and resources in the Tamaqua area.
They are looking for a suitable venue that could hosts a variety of space uses to have the creative community come together. Kevin can be reached at email@example.com. You can read more about The Seed House project at www.theseedhouse.net.
Other Earth Day regular attractions continued to please young and old alike such as the rock climbing wall, drumming, hula hoops, the Eclectic Circus, various bands, food and other booths and carts, and the Kidz Corner Recycled Crafts. Children played with bubbles, and face painting was also available.