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      Volunteers get hands dirty for Earth Day

      Owens Community College Landscape and Turfgrass Crew Club, the Wood County Park District and Community Integration for Training and Employment (CITE) representatives will spend a morning at the W.W. Knight Nature Preserve on White Road in Perrysburg volunteering their time beautifying the grounds as the organizations join millions of individuals nationwide in celebration of Earth Day 2012 on Friday, April 20.

      Beginning at 10 a.m., volunteers will roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty by participating in a variety of general spring clean-up projects, including removing invasive plants from the preserve. Representatives will conclude their volunteer beautification efforts around 2 p.m. that same day.

      Additionally, the volunteer service project is occurring in conjunction with the nationwide PLANET (Professional Landcare Network) Day of Service. The program is designed to unite PLANET members around the country for a day of giving back to their communities. PLANET is an international association serving lawn care professionals, landscape management contractors, design/build/installation professionals and interior plantscapers. The organization provides its members with a good business foundation to help them evaluate, plan and better manage their companies.

      The Earth Day Network was founded on the premise that all people, regardless of race, gender, income or geography, have a moral right to a healthy, sustainable environment. The organization mission is to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide, and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle for promoting a healthy, sustainable environment. The Earth Day Network has a global reach with more than 22,000 partners and organizations in 192 countries. More than one billion people participate in Earth Day activities, making it the largest secular civic event in the world.

      For more information, or to volunteer, call (586) 292-0664.