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Mountaintop to Honor Earth Day | Greene County

TANNERSVILLE – The Mountaintop Library in Tannersville is hosting its annual Earth Day event this weekend. The celebration is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Town of Hunter and the Library have partnered with Mountaintop Progressives to invite the public to the Earth Day event. It is a festive event, but also an opportunity for the community to reflect on the importance of preserving and protecting the environment.

The celebratory program includes a ribbon cutting by local officials such as Greene County Legislator Daryl Legg, D-Hunter; Hunter Town supervisor Sean Mahoney; and Tannersville Mayor Lee McGunnigle.

Maureen Garcia, director of the Mountaintop Library, is also invited as a speaker.

The day will also include various activities for children – puzzles, games, music and art. There will be a live Birds of Prey demonstration with Bill Robinson of Palenville from 11 a.m. to noon. Robinson works with peregrine falcons, owls, eagles and other feathered friends. Free buttons, stickers and other freebies will be available.

Other local organizations such as the Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Mountain Top Arboretum will be in attendance.

Michelle Yost of Greene County Soil & Water plans to discuss “Watershed and the Mountaintop.” Ryan Moore of the Mountain Top Arboretum will introduce the public to invasive species. Musicians Andy Shapiro, Liz Grossman and Susan Kukle are scheduled to perform.

The Earth Day event will showcase the unique history and environment of the Catskill Forest Preserve, Catskill Park and New York Department of Environmental Protection watershed.

Free seeds, soil and pots will also be available.

The Mountaintop Progressives and the Library have another event scheduled for April 30. Both organizations encourage people to register and volunteer for a trail/stream cleanup. Cleanup will begin at 10 a.m. and end at noon. There will be a picnic at the Rip Van Winkle Lake Park Pavilion immediately following the cleanup.

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