Earth Day was happy despite bad weather

Friday, May 30, 2008

We would like to thank all those involved in the eighth annual Earth Day Celebration on the Square in historic Leonardtown on Sunday, April 20. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate with us, but the good feeling of Earth Day surrounded us anyway. Those brave enough to chance getting rained on saw some wonderful exhibits before we had to cancel the event due to thunder and lightning. Numerous environmental and community organizations were on hand to provide useful information helping us understand the importance of taking care of the Earth and demonstrating how our daily actions impact the planet.

For all their help and support, we would like to thank the Accokeek Foundation; AmeriCorps VISTA; Animal Relief Fund; Bob Augustine; Art in Wire; Dr. Thomas Baldwin; Jesse Bauer; Baywise and Master Gardeners; Ernie Bell; Blue Sky Puppet Theatre; Joe Bucior; Dan Burris; Bushwood Mill Band; Cafe de Artistes; Catfish Joe; Celtic Society of Southern Maryland; Center for Life Enrichment; Chesapeake Bay Field Lab Inc.; Chesapeake Spinners and Weavers; Clearwater Nature Center’s Live Birds of Prey; Community Mediation Center of St. Mary’s; Colleen’s Dream; Corner Critters; County Seat; Country Style Crafts; Cove Point Natural Heritage Trust; Craft Guild of St. Mary’s County; Crazy for Ewe; Darby’s Handcrafts, W.M. Davis Inc.; Daughters of Veda Mid-Eastern Dance Troupe; David’s Flowers; The Democratic Club of St. Mary’s County; Diane’s Treasures; Discover U Children’s Museum; Do Dah Deli; Helen Dorsey; Dorsey Law Firm; Barbara Dotson; Ellen Duke-Wilson; El Cerro Grande; Elms Environmental Education Center of the St. Mary’s County Public Schools; FARM USA; Fenwick Street Used Books & Music; Feral Cat Rescue; Fortune’s Turn; Four Star Pizza; Friends of Myrtle Point Park; Friends of Three Notch Trail; Goode Trash Removal; The Good Earth Natural Foods Co.;; Green Spectrum Design and Consulting; Greyt Expectations Greyhound Rescue; Mark Guiffida; Jeanette Heinbach; Betty Mason Holley; Health Connections and St. Mary’s Hospital; Heritage Printing and Graphics; Heron’s Way Gallery; Hillside Ride at Breton Bay; Hilltop Graphics; Home Builders Inc.; Dave Lane of Patuxent Adventure Center; Tim Lacey; League of Women’s Voters of St. Mary’s County; Brynn and Julie Lemmon; Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department; Leonardtown Volunteer Rescue Squad and Auxiliary; Linda’s Cafe; Dudley Lindsley; Loiederman Soltesz Associates Inc.; Lower Potomac Tributary Team; Linda Maloney and Father Andrew White School; Maryland Antique Center; Maryland Cooperative Extension BayWise and Master Gardeners; Maryland Native Plant Society; Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home; Roger Mattingly; Terry Mayo; Mehaffey & Associates PC; MetroCast; Laschelle Miller; Mirant Mid-Atlantic, LLC and 102.9 WKIK; Department of Natural Resources-Point Lookout State Park; North End Gallery; Mayor Chip Norris; Joseph Norris; North End Gallery; Oga’s; On a Roll Hotdogs; On Our Own; Papa John’s Pizza; PNC Bank; P.S. It’s All Good; Patuxent Habitat for the Humanity; Personal Touch Vacations; Lucy and Don Peterkin; Pets with Disabilities; Potomac River Association; Quality Built Homes; Quality Street Kitchen and Catering; Kurt Reitz of Elms EEC; Randy Richie; Relay for Life; Reynolds Pharmacy; Leslie Roberts; Second Hope Rescue; Shantaleen International LLC; Sierra Club of Southern Maryland; Solar Tech, Inc; Southern Maryland Audubon Society; Southern Maryland Pets on Wheels; Southern Maryland Satellite Baltimore School of Reflexology; St. Mary’s County Animal Welfare League; St. Mary’s County Arts Council; St. Mary’s County Library; St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission; St. Mary’s County Department of Public Works; St. Mary’s River Watershed Association Inc.; St. Mary’s Rod & Classic Car Club; St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department; St. Mary’s County Commission on the Environment; St. Mary’s Soil Conservation District⁄Envirothon; St. Mary’s County Public Schools; St. Mary’s County Recycling Program; St. Mary’s County Health Department; Debbie Schultz; Deputy Steve Simonds; The Snowflake Society; SMECO; State’s Attorney’s Office Community Service Program and volunteers; Summerseat Farm; Elinor Sweeney of Henry Chiropractic Wellness Center; T&T Sweeping and Port-o-Let Services; Richard Tarr; Tea n Scones; That’s Rentertainment Inflatables; The Greenwell Foundation; The Tea Room at Southern Maryland Antique Center; Theory-In Motion; Toney Design; Toyota of Southern Maryland; Tri-County Animal Shelter; TruHome Builders; Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Chesapeake; United Site Services; Usborne Books; Carol Wathen; Paul Waxman; White Marsh Elementary School Recycling Club; Wicomico Scenic River Commission; Sean Wickers; Yestermorrow Design and Build; the Town of Leonardtown; the Commissioners of Leonardtown, the Leonardtown Business Association; and Leonardtown Businesses and Merchants.

If anyone has been omitted, please forgive us. Again, thanks to all who participated in any way and to the spectators who came out and enjoyed our 2008 Earth Day event. We hope you will return with us next year when we hope for better weather.

Valerie Deptula, Leonardtown

The writer is chairpersonof the Leonardtown BusinessAssociation’s Earth Day Celebration on the Square.