Earth Day celebrated around the region

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Earth Day cleanup in the City of Poughkeepsie

MID-HUDSON – From one end of the region to the other, volunteers
spent Earth Day on Saturday picking up litter and cleaning up their neighborhoods.
Volunteer teams hit the streets in Poughkeepsie, Middletown, Kingston,
Carmel and points in between.

Orange plastic bags filled with litter collected by the people who ranged
in age from kids to senior citizens dotted their cleanup routes. Even
I-84 was lined with Earth Day collected bags.

Municipal crews would later gather them.

In Brewster, large-scale puppets and a tale of a polar bear whose life
was changed by global warming brought the Earth Day message home to dozens
of men, women and children.

The audience gathered in a courtyard outside the Brewster Public Library
and despite the damp and chilly weather, onlookers cheered as the star
of the show – a polar bear – which floated away from the Arctic
Circle and landed in the Great Swamp of Patterson before local fish and
an eagle helped him find his way home.

The production was emceed by storyteller Rebecca Rabinowitz in conjunction
with the library, Long View School, Cornell Cooperative Extension and
the Studio Around the Corner.
Rabinowitz noted that components of the puppets came from recycled materials.

Hundreds gather for clean up in Middletown (Photo: Jerry Kleiner)

Unusual Earth Day celebration in Patterson as large
puppet-people bring the message home