Earth Day celebrations share environmental tips: Olmsted Dates and Data – Advice Eating

OLMSTED FALLS, Ohio — Karla and Jerry Osiecki stood in front of the recycling table for a while Saturday (April 23) during the Olmsted Township’s Step Into Spring event.

They were surprised when Jessica Fenos, the assistant superintendent for the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District, showed two items that shouldn’t go in their recycling bins — plastic berry containers and shredded paper.

“This is a complete surprise to me,” Jerry said. “Hopefully we can find another way to recycle them.”

Jessica said shredded paper whose pieces are too small to be processed by the recycling machines can still be recycled. According to the county’s website, the shredded parts fall through the recycling plant’s fast-moving conveyor belts and end up in the trash.

“Put them in a paper bag and take them to the mixed paper recycling bins you find elsewhere, e.g. E.g. in schools,” Jessica said. “They are then recycled.”

Jessica Fenos, Assistant Superintendent for the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District, explains the importance of the do’s and don’ts of recycling during Step into Spring in Olmsted Township. (Joanne Berger DuMound, specially for

The Olmsted Falls City School District and St. Mary of the Falls School have such trash cans on their properties. You will likely see other places in the community as well.

However, some plastics, like these berry containers, have no other options but to throw in the junk—unless you get creative with crafting and gardening.

At the Earth Day-related event, several local groups and outside agencies shared their services with residents, many of whom focused on the environment.

Trustee Jeanene Kress said this is the second year the Olmsted community has worked with others to bring Step in Spring to celebrate Earth Day. She also said the municipality provided paper shredders that day – which is the biggest of the year as tax season has just ended.

More than 235 residents used the free document shredding service.

Girls looking through coloring book

Madelyn Bluhm, left, and Natalie Schultz look at a coloring book that Valerie Schultz flips through during the Step into Spring open house in Olmsted Township. (Joanne Berger DuMound, specially for

“The goal is awareness. This year’s theme was ‘Invest in our planet’. It focused on conservation, ecology, recycling and the environment,” said Jeanene.

“We hope people see everything that is here and know how to recycle what is available locally to enjoy our planet and be good citizens.

“We appreciate everyone who contributed to this, including our own departments and employees,” she said.

Bradley Schultz brought his family to the event, which was held in the common room of the Olmsted Township Administrative Building on Fitch Road. He said he was glad they came.

“We came for the (document) destruction and we wanted our children to see all this,” he said. “It was very helpful and fun for the kids.”

The community also highlighted their parks with large maps and various materials. Two parks under construction are Bark Park and Nature Trail on Schady Road and Brentwood Play Park on Usher Road. Another one, which is to be built behind the administration and service building, is being planned.

People looking at a map

Local residents view an enlarged map of the Olmsted Township Nature Trail and Bark Park under construction on Schady Road west of Stearns Road. (Joanne Berger DuMound, specially for

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District distributed factsheets, one of which stressed that single-use wipes should never be flushed down toilets. They cause problems in sewers and domestic plumbing because they don’t break down like toilet paper.

Even companies that claim they’re “flushable” aren’t. According to a handout, the wipes are fabric, not paper. They clump, clog sewers, and cause major problems in residential systems, including home backups.

Go to for the 12 most common causes of constipation. It will help keep your home – and that of your neighbors – safe.

The various departments of the community also had lots of fun giveaways and great information about their services.

Girls play with recycled items

Maci Schneider, 2 1/2, uses a toilet paper roll and cotton balls to create recyclable artwork during Step Into Spring at the Olmsted Township Community Room. (Joanne Berger DuMound, specially for

Step into Spring will return next year. It’s an event that offers great information you can use to make your home – and this planet – a better place to live.

Campus Kudos: Two local residents attended the University of Findlay’s annual Symposium on Science and Creativity. They shared their research, creativity and professional learning experiences with the university and the community.

Paige Chernisky presented “Invasive flowering trees affect pollinator biodiversity”.

Audrey Zbydnowski discussed Novel Chalcones: A Continuation of a Therapeutic Approach to an Aggressive Brain Cancer.

The symposium can be viewed at Congratulations to both.

adult education: The Polaris Career Center is hosting an open house for its adult job and career training program on May 11 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The program helps high school, graduate and adult explore new careers.

Attendees can explore employment opportunities and professional training programs for adults, and learn about financial aid options, tuition payment plans, and available federal student loans. You’ll tour newly renovated labs and classrooms and participate in program demonstrations. Polaris instructors will be there to answer questions.

Programs featured include Automotive Service Technician; building maintenance; cardiography technician; Academy of Cosmetics; dental assistance; Early Childhood Care, Education/Child Development Associate; heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC); Manicure; medical care; medical billing and coding; Phlebotomy Certification; police school; precision/CNC machine technology; and welding.

For more details or to schedule a personal tour, call Theresa at 440-891-7697, email, or go to

Zumba for a good reason: The Polaris Career Center and LifeWorks of Southwest General work together to serve the citizens of Ukraine. All profits benefit Ukraine’s relief efforts.

The two are sponsoring “Rock the Pavement” from 9:30-11:00 this Saturday (May 7) in the LifeWorks parking lot on Old Oak Boulevard.

The cost is $10 per person and must be paid in advance. You can register in person at the LifeWorks service desk no later than May 6th or call 440-816-4202 to pay by phone.

Flower sale: A great Mother’s Day gift is buying and planting flowers for your loved one.

Olmsted Falls Boy Scout Troop 201 is having its annual flower sale this weekend (7th & 8th May). Opening hours are Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday 9am to 2pm at Falls-Lenox Primary School, 26450 Bagley Road.

You will find hanging baskets, flats, vegetables, herbs and a few more varieties. The scouts will help you pick them out and carry them to your car. Proceeds help scouts in their activities.

Food on wheels: You can contribute to this charitable service by shopping at Dean’s Greenhouse in Westlake.

The Greenhouse will donate 30 percent of your purchases May 1 through June 15 to the Westlake Meals on Wheels program. Just name the organization and you’re done.

Westlake Meals on Wheels serves Olmsted Falls, Olmsted Township, North Olmsted, Bay Village and Westlake. The program offers two meals a day – one cold, one hot – Monday through Friday for those in need of short- or long-term nutritional support.

Meals on Wheels receives no government support.

Deans is located at 3984 Porter Road.

Calling all protesters: Those wishing to take part in the Memorial Day parade should register by May 23rd.

The parade takes place on Memorial Day – May 30th – and gathers at 9:00am in the Falls-Lenox Primary School car park on Bagley Road. The protesters start their way to the Village Green at 9:30 am

Groups, organizations and individuals are invited to participate in the parade. Visit the city’s website at and click on the Memorial Day banner. You only have to fill out one form.

Questions can be answered by calling 440-235-1055. See you on May 30th.

ghost race: Sign up for the annual Olmsted Spirit 5K/2-mile walk taking place on May 29th at Olmsted Falls High School. Visit for more information and registration.

Upcoming: Be sure to put these events on your calendar:

The Olmsted Early Childhood PTA’s Bargain Bonanza will be held on May 14th at Olmsted Falls Intermediate School. It starts at 8am, with an entry fee of $5 for early birds and $2 from 9am onwards

Rockin at the Rift will be held on June 25 at its Mill River Plaza store and parking lot. There will be two live bands, BBQ food and plenty of performers in the parking lot and in the store.

Information, please: To include news, tidbits, tributes or activities in Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township, contact Joanne DuMound at She’s also on Twitter, @JoanneDuMound. The online version of the column at has direct links to many news items.

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