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Earth Day Events Set in Easton

In celebration of Earth Day's 41st anniversary, the clean energy task force in Easton is offering $25 rebates to the first 41 people to sign up for clean energy.

"The primary focus of the group is to encourage the town and its residents to commit to clean energy," said Cathy Alfandre, chair of the Easton Clean Energy Task Force. "The group also made it possible for Samuel Staples Elementary School to have solar panels on its roof."

Easton is one of 49 towns in Connecticut to make a commitment to clean energy by committing to obtain 20 percent of its municipal electricity from clean sources. For more information, contact Cathy Alfandre at eastoncetf@yahoo.com or call the first selectman's office at 203-268-6291.

Last year, through a federal stimulus program, Easton was awarded $46,000 for an energy-related project. Through this program, lighting has been replaced in multiple town buildings. The project is near completion.

In other Earth Day news:

• At Helen Keller Middle School, Nancy Culliton and the "Gang Green" group will distribute tree saplings. On May 6 at Helen Keller, the United Illuminating Co. will give a presentation on energy efficiency for middle school students.

• An Earth Day assembly will be held May 13 at Samuel Staples Elementary School. The students will showcase clothing made from recycled materials in a green fashion show. The second grade students participated in Go Green Week last week and learned about solar panels and wind turbines.

How do you "go green?" Send your stories and pictures to shenry@mainstreetconnect.us .

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