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Community Day puts focus on recycling

Kenneth City organizes the event to encourage residents to recycle, but there will be activities beyond those related to separating garbage.

By ANNE LINDBERG

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 1, 2001


KENNETH CITY -- Free food, drinks and bike helmets are some of the things residents will find at Saturday's first-ever Community Day.

The event was first conceived as a way to teach residents about recycling, Mayor Bill Smith said.

"It kind of snowballed when we began talking about it. (Council member) Al (Carrier) asked other people about it and they all wanted to participate."

Now, Smith said, "we're beginning to wonder if we've got enough room."

It will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Community Hall, 4600 58th St. N.

Representatives from the Kenneth City Police Department will be there to demonstrate police equipment and to register bikes. They'll also do fingerprint cards for kids.

The Lealman Fire Department, which provides fire and emergency service to Kenneth City, will demonstrate some of its equipment.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office will give tours of its Mobile Command Center. The Suncoast Epilepsy Foundation will hand out free bike helmets. Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, Pinellas County Recycling and JTV, the company that is videotaping and cleaning the town's storm drainpipes, will hand out information and answer questions.

But one of the coolest things, Smith said, will be the seat belt simulator from the Institute of Police Technology and Management, which lets people get the feel of an automobile accident both with and without seat belts.

"That's going to be interesting to see," Smith said.

Waste Management Inc., the town's garbage collector, will provide free hot dogs, hamburgers and soft drinks, and the company's representatives will talk about recycling.

"I never was one for recycling anything but newspapers," Smith said. It was too much trouble to tear labels off bottles and plastic. But under the new system, the garbage company does that work, so all a resident has to do is throw trash in the appropriate container.

It has made a recycler of Smith.

"I've started doing it and I hope everyone gets the message," he said.

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