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Crosslake church conducts Earth Care Fair

■ Crosslake church conducts Earth Care Fair

CROSSLAKE — The Crosslake and wider community is invited to a celebration of Crosslake Presbyterian Church’s rooftop solar electricity generating system

From 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday the church is hosting an Earth Care Fair. A variety of ways households, churches, schools or governmental units can positively respond to climate change will be on display. Among things attendees will see and learn about are eco-friendly automobiles, a solar-powered boat lift, state of the art insulation and lighting, lawn furniture made from recycled milk jugs, and bicycles. Michael Duvall, DNR biologist will give a keynote address: “The Impact of Climate Change on Fish, Game, Trees and Water.” There is no admission fee. Attendees will be given a free dishwasher safe, chemical free reusable water bottle as they arrive — a sandwich to eat while seeing the displays and conversing with docents — and a pine tree seedling to plant as they leave.

At 8:45 a.m. Sunday a continental breakfast will be served. Education hour starts at 9 a.m. and worship with the rite of dedication of the solar system at 10:15 a.m.

Serving as education presenter and giving the sermon at worship will be Carol Robb, professor of Biblical ethics at San Francisco Theological Seminary. Robb is author of “Wind, Sun, Soil, Spirit — Biblical Ethics and Climate Change. (Fortress Press).

She will be available for conversation about faith-based motivation for combating global warming at coffee following worship and during lunch.

Crosslake Presbyterian Church’s building was constructed “above code” and utilizes geothermal heating and cooling. The church buys wind-generated electricity units, retains ten acres of forest for carbon sequestration and oxygen replenishment.

The dedication of the rooftop array will also include celebration of these efforts as well. Collectively, these five ways Crosslake Presbyterian exercises earth stewardship have been dubbed “The New Noah Project.”

■ Christmas tree

project underway at Chippewa forest

CASS LAKE — Chippewa National Forest employees partners and community members have been building up momentum to secure a 65-foot tree to Washington, D.C., where it will grace the front lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

Supervisor Darla Lenz announced last December the forest will provide the 2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to highlight Minnesota’s vast natural and cultural resources.” noted Lenz.

The U.S. Forest Service has been providing the US Capitol Christmas Tree since 1970. This is the second time the Chippewa National Forest has provided the tree. Many people in the community remember the “Tree to DC” project in 1992. This year, the 2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree effort involves selecting a 65-70 foot spruce or balsam fir from National Forest lands. Another 60-70 smaller Christmas trees will also be sent to Washington D.C. to decorate the inside of the Capitol building. The forest will work with communities, organizations, and schools to create over 10,000 ornaments for the trees.

Currently, forest employees are keeping an eye out for the perfect tree, and have already nominated three trees. By June, the forest hopes to have at least 15 nominee trees. Final selection will occur in August. The Tree Committee is working with local partner Wille Transport, which will truck the tree from northern Minnesota to D.C. The tree is expected to be cut in late fall.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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