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Jan Davenport picks up a shoe during a cleanup for Earth Day in downtown Suisun City, Saturday. Volunteers helped pick up litter while learning about energy-saving options from local vendors. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)

Solano County

Earth Day means cleanup Day for Suisun City

By From page A1 | April 20, 2014

SUISUN CITY — The Suisun City waterfront hosted the fourth annual Earth Day celebration with a day of cleanup on Saturday.

Mission Solano and Suisun City organized the Earth Day Solano event with more than 20 vendors. Participants arrived at the Hampton Inn & Suites in the morning to form cleanup teams. The teams then went out and canvassed the area, collecting trash and recyclable materials.

This year, Mission Solano created an Earth Day Solano scavenger hunt that had teams gather items from a list of 15 things such as five candy wrappers or plastic flowers. A prize was given for the most unusual item gathered.

“This year we are doing something different. We will use the materials gathered to create art,” Laura Calderon, Solano Mission volunteer, said.

“The artist Nichole Chere Williams will be creating and showing a living sculpture of plants that will be displayed in front of the historic Lawler House,” Calderon said.

“We want to bring people hope. By cleaning up the community and reusing items we are bringing that hope into the community,” said Raymond Courtemanche, operations director of Mission Solano.

“We try to recycle everything that we can, from aluminum cans to wiring and piping from old washing machines,” he said.

This year, there were just less than 100 people who signed up, but not everyone showed. The waterfront was nearly empty at the start of the cleanup.

“It’s pretty chilly out here today,” Nick Fisher, of Mission Solano, said.

Also during the event, six teams of children from Suisun Elementary School presented essays about the importance of Earth Day. They received awards for the best written essay.

The groups were split into seven quadrants in the Suisun City area. The trash collected was taken to the landfill and weighed by Solano Garbage, who donated their time and truck for the job.

“Our goal is to repurpose everything. Mission Solano takes old cars that people donate and uses that to help give people hands-on job training by fixing them up and then using them in our fleet or donating them,” Courtemanche said.

Money raised from recycled cans and metals will go toward buying food for the holidays this year and other programs.

“The support from the community is amazing. The community just comes together to help,” Courtemanche said.

Fairfield will host its own Earth Day event from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26 at the Civic Center pond behind Fairfield City Hall.

Reach Susan Hiland at 427-6981 or [email protected]

Susan Hiland

Susan Hiland

Susan graduated from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon with a B.A. in Communications. She has eight years experience working for newspapers in Nebraska.

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  • Next DoorApril 20, 2014 - 1:28 am

    My wife and child came by, we saw nearly no one there, I don't know if the organizers met their feel good,goal but it would have been nice if someone could have brought a long net to scoop the trash out of the marina we walked around explored the wooded area near the light house then left. .

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  • You Too Can HelpApril 20, 2014 - 7:55 am

    I wish you had brought that large net. We can all do something.

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  • The MisterApril 20, 2014 - 8:46 am

    Earth Day is Agenda 21.

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  • Mr. PracticalApril 20, 2014 - 8:58 am

    Cleaning up trash is Agenda 21?

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  • If I had a hammerApril 20, 2014 - 12:17 pm

    I once heard a saying that went, if the only tool a man has is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. Not everything is Agenda 21, just like not everything in Fairfield is caused by stolen shopping carts. Thank you to all that came and made difference and not excuses.

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  • Rich GiddensApril 20, 2014 - 8:49 am

    Why don't you rouse all your no-gooders out of their Saturday morning drunken stupor and get them to first clean up the rental properties they infest and then march them over to your gold plated pampered waterfront and clean it too. Make sure all the business owners help too.

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