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Financial Conversations with Fitz #107 Conversation on Earth Week and volunteering - 05/08/2012

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Our good black soil  got some moisture in it now.     Kanawha ground temperature is 64 degrees.  Well I did miss my snow prediction for April.  Which is a good deal.  First time in 100 years it didn’t snow in April according to Harry Hillaker.    Well, we have had  EARTH WEEK 2012 a week ago.   TSB has been a bit busy doing some pick up of its own, but we are off and running.   Do want to mention that the lock boxes have been moved to a new site across from the bank in Titonka.   All of our box holders were sent a letter this week explaining the changes and the offer to have one for two years at our Thompson and Forest City locations if they prefer.   

What is Earth Week.  It is actually the day of April 22nd.  Started in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin.   He had been in California to observe the big oil spill at Burbank in late 1969.   One of my favorites, Pete Segar, performed in New York for the first one.  It is a time that we pay close attention to how we are taking care of the earth that was giving to us to use in a caring matter whether we live in the country or town.   Most town people don’t realize it, but we can contaminate our water with our lawn chemicals as much as the ag producers might with their fertilizers if we don’t use the right amount.   Most communities do a function the weekend before or the weekend after.   Forest City did it on  Saturday with a few groups.     We are going to do ours later on main street again this year.  Amazing how much can pile up in a year.   You can help on a daily basis just by picking up debris that some people forget and throw out of their cars or just leave behind.  When I walk along a trail I usually find a plastic bag hanging in a bush that begs for me to pick up and fill before I complete my three miles of walking.  You can all check with your local towns or 4-H clubs to see if they are looking for helpers to pick up certain areas.  You will feel good and your area will look better for it.  Try to volunteer an hour a week for your town, community, church or civic group.   Sometimes it is easier to give an hour of your time than write a check out for cash.    The national figures say that an hour of volunteer time is worth more than $17.  

Watch for a ‘Community Garden’ being planned in your area.   We are going to have another one this year at Heritage Park.    If you have one in your area let me know about it.  We want to plant about 1.6 acres into vegetables to give to people that don’t have access to a garden area or good vegetables.

Questions call TSB at Forest City, Thompson, Titonka 

Remember that you should deal with people in community banks and organizations. That when they put something together for you that they will  be sitting with them at ball games, church or community events.  So, if in doubt give us a call.