Sustaining Members: LeFevre Awards honor community works

Earth Day approaches, officially on April 22, for its 44th year.

Community groups are planning a variety of events this week. They include the weeding party at Waterfront Park on April 26, and the Earth Day birders social on April 22. On April 24, learn all about soil at Crop Talk at Rockford Grange.

Go to Happenings, page A5, for details.

No Earth Day observation is complete without a discussion of water, and there is still room to sign up for the annual Watershed Group Water Tour (details in 3 To Go on page A1).

Finally, the Tod LeFevre Sustainability Award event is on Tuesday at Center for the Arts, 7 p.m.

Even if you can’t attend, you can participate, by voting for individuals and businesses who have been nominated for the awards.

The LeFevre awards celebrate individuals, businesses and students working on solutions to the environmental, economic and social issues facing the Gorge.

This award is named after the late Tod J. LeFevre. Read about the nominees and cast your vote before 5 p.m. Monday, April 21, at:

2014 Business Nominees

Doppio Coffee and Lounge, Michael Barthmus; Full Sail Brewing; Green Home Design and Build, Tom Reid; Grow Organic, Jeff and Ketrina Jerome; Humble Roots Nursery, Kristin Currin and Andrew Merrit; The Dwelling Station, Mosier, Christina LaFever

2014 Individual Nominees

Todd Dierker, Gorge Grown Food Network; Marianne Brevard, Westside School; Michelle McGrath, Gorge Grown Food Network; Bob Hansen, Lyle resident; David Skakel, Tri-County Hazardous Waste and Recycling Program

2014 Student Nominees

Daeuthen Dahlquist, age 8; Erik Siekkinen, eighth grade.


As part of the program, the film “The Clean Bin Project” will be shown is an award-winning documentary film that looks at our “throw-away society.” The film is presented by Tri-County Hazardous Waste and Recycling and supported by CenterPointe Community Bank, Grow Organic, Dirt Hugger and Resource Revival.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., the awards ceremony will be at 7 p.m., and the film starts at 7:30. The cost for the film is $5 for adults, free for ages 18 and under.

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