"Every year, thousands of frightened rabbits are produced by breeders, torn from their families, then sold around Easter, as irresponsible "gifts" for children, and every year, most of these poor victims of human thoughtlessness are dumped at animal shelters, where they are killed. In fact, nine out of ten rabbits never make it to the age of even one year old. Rabbits who are spared the misfortune of being dumped at shelters are faced with futures often equally as bad. Rabbit purchasers (and breeders with unsold by Easter "stock") often dump domestic rabbits in parks and fields when they get bored of them, where they are killed by dogs, hawks, or other animals, or they are hit by cars trying to cross the street. Since their natural food is not manicured lawns, often rabbits “turned loose” just starve or succumb to the elements.
Rabbits are quiet and extremely sensitive by nature and are especially unsuited to loud and boisterous groups of people, so generally are not suitable companions for groups of children. While parents may eventually figure this out, it is the rabbits who pay the price, by being ignored in a pen in the back yard, being "freed" or "given away" (killed at shelter).
Please be a responsible guardian, and if you would like to adopt a pair of rabbits (they are social animals and need friendship of their own species), wait until after Easter, when all the rabbit rescue groups are overflowing with discarded Easter "toys" and when rabbits have the chance of making it out alive from a shelter. Rabbits live a long time and are generally about the same level of responsibility as caring for cats, but they need special vets, and they are happiest inside in a bunny-proofed house."
April 19-20 is Daffodil Weekend at Fellows Riverside Gardens
(Youngstown, Ohio) The 2014 Fellows Riverside Gardens Daffodil Show will take place Saturday, April 19 and Sunday, April 20. The American Daffodil Society Midwest Region Show, presented by Mill Creek MetroParks’ Fellows Riverside Gardens, is one of more than 40 American Daffodil Society shows held this spring throughout the United States. Entries for the general public will be accepted on Saturday morning until 10 a.m. The show will open on Saturday for public viewing at 1 p.m. followed by judging. The show will remain open until 5 p.m. Show hours on Sunday are 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
This year will mark the sixth year that a special class will feature entries of Narcissus “Fellows Favorite,” a daffodil cultivar named for Fellows Riverside Gardens. Hybridized by Brent and Becky Heath of Gloucester, Virginia, this cultivar was named in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Fellows Riverside Gardens in 2008.
See “Fellows Favorite” among the thousands of daffodils now in bloom at the Gardens. Fellows Riverside Gardens is an American Daffodil Society Display Garden, and with more than 160 varieties, USA Today lists Fellows Riverside Gardens as one of the nation’s top 10 places to see daffodils.
Fellows Riverside Gardens is one of Ohio’s finest botanical display gardens and is open daily from dawn to dusk free of charge. The D. D. and Velma Davis Education & Visitor Center is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, call Fellows Riverside Gardens at 330.740.7116 or visitwww.millcreekmetroparks.org.
JAYA BHUMITRA: Campaigns Director on BrainFood at noon
As Campaigns Director, Jaya develops COK’s national outreach efforts such as our We Love Subway and US VegWeek campaigns, while also expanding our reach in other cities around the U.S. Previously, she acted as our LA Outreach Director for nearly a year, and led the LA Volunteer Chapter the year before that.
Jaya has an academic background in marketing and psychology, and a professional background in public affairs. She’s also a Fellow (2011) and former Co-Director (2012-2013) of the LA chapter of New, a national association that develops emerging leaders. Jaya shares her home with dogs Tin Tin and Midge, and Cupcake the cat.
Muttley Crue is having their annual rummage sale in Downtown Berea May 10th! We need your stuff! We will accept anything but clothes! Spring cleaning? Donate it to us! Household items, picture frames,art, kitchen appliances, gardening items,tools, small appliances and small furniture, games, toys, holiday décor, costume jewelry, etc. We can't have a successful rummage sale without your rummage! Please contact Muttley Crue via FB email@example.com
Resolution Reached in Case Involving Steubenville Wrestling Coach
(STEUBENVILLE, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced that a resolution has been reached in the case of Seth Fluharty, the Steubenville High School wrestling coach who was indicted in November by the special grand jury for failing to report child abuse or neglect.
“This resolution acknowledges how very important it is to report child abuse and neglect, said Attorney General DeWine. “Mr. Fluharty will be part of the work that is being done in Steubenville to educate students and school officials about the seriousness of sexual assault and the need to report these incidents.”
Pursuant to the resolution, Fluharty agreed to the following:
Perform 20 community service hours at the A.L.I.V.E. shelter or other approved facility in the Steubenville area.
Attend a training session for Steubenville City Schools provided by the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence (OAESV) to provide Steubenville school staff members with an overview of of sexual assault and to teach them how to co-facilitate the “Stand Up!” program for Steubenville students.
Defendant will have co-facilitated the “Stand Up! Steubenville” programs conducted in Steubenville High School and middle schools on April 10th.
If Fluharty successfully completes the terms of the agreement, the misdemeanor charges against him would be dismissed.
Fluharty’s case is the third case to be resolved among the six individuals indicted by the special grand jury. Matthew Belardine and William Rhinaman, who were also indicted, have court appearances scheduled for April 22nd.
Bruce Dancis, author of "Resister: A Story of Protest and Prison during the Vietnam War": As a 15-year-old living in New York, I had watched in horror as the evening news broadcasts and the front pages of newspapers showed police in Birmingham, Ala., turning their dogs and high-pressure fire hoses on nonviolent protesters – many of them high school kids like me.
32nd Annual Mill Creek MetroParks Earth Day Cleanup
More than 450 Scouts and volunteers are expected to scour Mill Creek MetroParks in recognition of Earth Day to remove winter buildup of litter and debris. This year, 25 locations throughout the MetroParks will be visited by 25 different Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, Girl Scout Troops and the Boy Scouts Order of the Arrow. Groups will be coming from Austintown, Boardman, Canfield, Girard, New Middletown, North Jackson, Poland, Struthers, and Youngstown. The Cleanup is co-sponsored by the Whispering Pines District of the Greater Western Reserve Council, B.S.A. and Mill Creek MetroParks.
The Cleanup takes place on Saturday, April 26, 2014, throughout Mill Creek MetroParks. Coordinators will stop by the Ford Nature Education Center (840 Old Furnace Road, Youngstown, OH 44511) to pick up supplies before 9 a.m. and then meet with their groups at various locations and work until noon. This Cleanup takes place rain or shine.
In 31 years, more than 10,250 participants have volunteered more than 32,050 hours to clean various areas of the MetroParks. Just in the past 12 years, more than 1,800 bags of trash and 800 bags of recyclables along with numerous loose items such as tires, toys, furniture, pipes, wood crates, electronic items, and even the proverbial kitchen sink, have been removed. Last year, there were fewer bags of trash but more bags of recyclables.
As in years past, sponsorship of this event is in cooperation with the Recycling Division of the Mahoning County Green Team. They will be providing these hardworking volunteers with garbage and recycling bags, gloves, and grab-its, as well as pencils, certificates, and car litter bags for each participant.
This event is also in conjunction with the Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup, and America’s leading companies and brands support the campaign. The Great American Cleanup is proud to have the following national sponsors for the 2014 Great American Cleanup: Dow, The Glad Products Company, Lowe’s, Phillips 66, Troy-Bilt Lawn and Garden Equipment and Waste Management.
The MetroParks hosts the event by facilitating the organization and registration of groups, sites and supplies. Rural Metro Ambulance will be onsite in case of an emergency.
Areas within this Cleanup include Mill Creek Park and Mill Creek MetroParks Regional Facilities Yellow Creek Park, Mill Creek Preserve, Vickers Nature Preserve, MetroParks Farm, and the MetroParks Bikeway.
For more information about this year’s Cleanup or to have your group, organization, church, school, family or individuals come out and lend a hand, call the Ford Nature Education Center at 330.740.7107 or Mike Kupec, Mill Creek MetroParks Earth Day Cleanup Chairman for the Boy Scouts at 330.799.1475.
is the former national agribusiness reporter for the Associated Press. His work has appeared in Fortune, Slate, andThe New York Times. He is a fellow with The New America Foundation, a nonpartisan public policy institute in Washington, DC. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, he lives outside Washington, DC.
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