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August 5, 2013

VUKCEVICH: Artfest theme goes green

What would some of our most enduring portraits of summer be without the Lewiston Art Festival!

This year the theme is “Go Green!”  The Lewiston Arts Council, inspired by a reverence for nature and the environment, is partnering with Modern Recycling to lighten the festival’s environmental impact.

The 47th Annual Lewiston Art Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. next Saturday and Sunday on Center Street in the village.

This show stopping event continues to radiate color and charisma, and presently youngsters from Artpark summer camp have painted trash cans that will be used for recycling efforts, which will be located throughout the festival. The almost two dozen bins will also be recycled, stored after the festival at Modern Landfill and made available for community groups to use at other events.

Expanding efforts to recycle and compost in a partnership with Modern Recycling, all food and drink vendors will be required to use products that can be composted for recycling.

 “Green Team” volunteers will assist the public in proper disposal of trash,  and volunteers are welcome in all facets of the festival.  This event has been upheld, polished and historically presented to generations of residents and visitors to this small but sophisticated town.  A tangible sense of security, tradition and values, and perhaps most important, a sense of belonging unlike any other, is the theme.

How interesting is the comparison of our pristine village to perhaps New York City and its history of trash collection. Here are some trash facts:

• In 1644, the year the first garbage law was enacted in Dutch-controlled Fort Amsterdam.  It banned soldiers and other residents from discarding filth and ashes within the fort.

• Six miles! That’s the distance offshore from which sailors say they can smell NYC in the 1840’s.

• They say 36 percent of trash New Yorkers throw away is estimated to be recyclable.  The most common items found in city garbage, according to anthropologist of discard studies Robin Nagle:  Textiles, food waste, hard plastics and dry-cleaner bags.

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