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Artarmon gets together for Earth Hour

Artarmon Progress Association (APA) hosted another successful Earth Hour last month. About 10 stallholders turned up selling a range of merchandise – from eco-friendly goods and candles to jewellery and children’s umbrellas.

At the APA stand, Shelagh Kemm’s glorious jams, marmalades and chutneys were in much demand, bringing in $263.50 for the Artarmon Noah’s Ark Toy Library.

Sabah and Shazena at the Artarmon Muslim Community stand were offering refreshing Middle-East mint drinks.

The weather gods were smiling and the day was brilliant as Mayor Pat Reilly and councillors Stuart Coppock and Barry Thompson rubbed shoulders with local residents crowding into the small plaza at Wilkes Ave when the lights went out at 8:30.

Everyone enjoyed the warm, friendly atmosphere and the music supplied by Daniel and his fellow minstrels, who gave their time for free.

This year, Artarmon was among a record 6,525 cities, towns and municipalities in 150 countries and territories that participated. In Australia, the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge were the first to go dark.

APA president Ross Dickson, who was behind most of hard work leading up to the event, thanked everyone involved. “I had a lot of people say they had a great time and really enjoyed the event,” he said. “Most said they’re very keen to come back.”

by Eva Wiland, Gazette editor

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Courtesy of Gazette May 2012
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