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Spring Mills Elementary Caption Contest Winners!

Congratulations to Jacob S. and to Zakary K. for coming up with the winning captions for this Earth Day cartoon! Such smart and funny thinking from these up and coming writers and cartoonists!

Holy Bat Cave!

Bats. Not sure about ‘em. My basic introduction to them began at an early age Saturday mornings while watching Sir Graves Ghastly horror flicks and seeing a vampire manifest itself into a bat. Come to find out it doesn’t really work that way.

Holy Bat Cave!

“Unfortunately,” according to the Organization for Bat Conservation, “due to many years of fear and misunderstanding, bat populations are decreasing and some are nearly extinct.”  Don’t be afraid. But you don’t need to open up your home to them either. Since their natural habitat is quickly disappearing, bat houses give them a place to call their own.

John Bradburn is General Motors’s resident expert on waste reduction and recycling. Rather than just recycling, which uses more energy and resources, he focuses on repurposing materials and what to do with unwanted scraps. So, with his love and appreciation of the earth and its wild life –  combined with his job, he came up with a pretty cool idea. While trying to figure out what to do with scrap Chevrolet Volt battery covers, he came up with bat houses! So, he along with the help of Rob Mies, founder of the Organization for Bat Conservation located at the Cranbrook Institute of Science, figured out how to make the habitable environment for bats out of them.

I had no idea that the Little Brown Bat can eat up to 6,000 insects each night. Bats are the primary predators of night-flying insects including moths, beetles, flies, and mosquitos. And if one of these bat houses can hold up to 150 bats, that’s 900,000 bugs in a night – gone!

Put away the Raid® and get yourself a bat house.

If you’re a school or organization and would love to adopt a bat house, wood duck nesting habitat or a screech owl house, contact john.bradburn@gm.com and see if he can hook you up with your very own habitat.

Want to find out even more? Check out this link! GM and Detroit Youth Turn Chevy Volt Battery Covers into Wood Duck Homes; Michigan Kids Go Batty for Chevrolet Volt Battery Covers

And, for additional fun stuff about bats visit www.batconservation.org

The Bees Are All A’buzz – thanks Lynne Bartley!

Thanks for your donation towards the “Help Save the Honeybees” book and animated cartoons!

http://www.greenunite.com/projects/1-help-save-the-honeybees

Pickin’ Away

I’ve never played guitar, and I know about two words in French. But, I have used gift cards. OK, hold on, there is a connection.

When I saw the posting “Handmade Unique Recycled Guitar Picks” on Facebook, I had to inquire. It turns out that Alicia, a student at Wylie E. Groves High School, is trying to send herself to France on next year’s senior class trip by up-cyling used up gift cards.

What’s in your wallet?

While thinking of ways on how to help fund her trip, Alicia remembered that she had a bunch of expired gift cards and hotel key cards and didn’t know what to do with them and – Viola! (that’s pretty much the extent of my French) the makings of Guitarishy was born. In Alicia’s fundraising effort, she is now making and selling “one-of-a-kind” recycled guitar picks all of which are custom and different from any other.

Did you know that there are 10 billion new cards placed in circulation every year? When these cards are replaced or reach their expiration dates, most of them are thrown in the trash – wouldn’t you rather contribute to a young student’s dream than to the landfill?

Really, $10 for 15 picks? So reasonable and just in time for the Holidays, you can order them here:  http://etsy.me/tnNPfd

Don’t know what to do with your old and expired library card, video rental card, membership cards, shopper discount cards and retailer gift cards? For card donations or special orders, you can get ahold of Alicia at 248-645-0938 / email guitarishy@aol.com.

Let’s make some beautiful music and help Alicia get to France.

Best In Show

“What do I know about judging a dog show” I thought to myself when I got the call from the Canton Public Library.  But, hey. I know that I love dogs and have, after all, seen “Best In Show.” So there I was, agreeing to be a judge. But then I began wondering, who were the other judges? What did I need to bone up on? What criteria would I need to know? Would I find it hard to vote on only one and not the others. I wasn’t sure what to expect.

Here’s something to chew on.

Funny thing is, when the dogs got up in the “ring” for the most part they all got stage fright. Kinda like me, not exactly sure what to do, but eventually got it.

Buddy, a leader dog pup in training was there and he’s just like the rest of us. Learning step by step. And, Poncho the 11 year old police dog getting ready to retire had to start somewhere, too. These guys weren’t there to win anything – just to show us how to help and be of service in some sort of way.

So, I guess don’t be afraid to try something new or to reach out and help. We don’t always need to win. We don’t have to change the world. It’s the little things that make a big difference. Take one step in doing something you’ve been thinking about. Give a call to someone who would love to hear your voice. Drop some change into the Humane Society bucket. Give an old blanket or towels to a local shelter to help keep the animals warm. Just do the best you can with what you’ve got.

I didn’t know what to expect going in as a judge, but it turns out it wasn’t about what I knew, but rather what I learned.

Food For Thought

Some of you may remember way back to grade school when “greenhouse” meant something entirely different to us. Like, Saran wrap stretched over the top of a bunch of Dixie cups. But, boy things sure have changed.

Now we’re talkin’ trash!

Recently I visited a real “green school” and wished I had this kind fun learning about the environment when I was a kid. Teacher Pauline Roberts of Birmingham Covington School says not only do the students recycle cans, chip packets and juice pouches, but have found a bunch of other creative ways to recycle. Like taking out of date library books and turning them into clocks by adding working parts to the front cover. And, after months of collecting plastic bottle caps for project “Flip Your Lid” – the bottle-cap mural is almost complete! June 6th the last cap gets put into place.

Through the nationwide “Green School Program” points are earned by either activities completed, various projects, recycling, and learnings. After a school reaches 10 points, it can earn a “Green School” status. 15 points gets “Emerald” and 20 or more gives the school an “Evergreen” status.

The students at Birmingham Covington School have earned an Evergreen status by doing things such things as preventing over 400 pairs of shoes entering landfills, and through the “Trash Free Friday” campaign, the kids calculated that a 8000 saved pounds was kept out of the landfill. Now we’re talkin’ trash!

Pauline says “They are beginning to realize that they are agents of change and that one kid can make a difference.”

Get Off The Pot

Sometimes I can over-think things. Or think about it and put it aside. Or grumble about how my water bill went up again but don’t install a low flow toilet. I can think about carpooling with a friend but that won’t make their car magically appear at my front doorstep.

The power is in the doing.

So get that sticky note that’s been stuck to the fridge since last year and do the thing you’ve been putting off. Get the momentum going. Take some little steps and make it so.