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It's a grand day for a picnic. Gov. Sean Parnell and first lady, Sandy Parnell, will be in town today (Thursday) for the Governor's Family Picnic. The picnic will be around the dinner hour — 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. — at Ward Lake.

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4/23/2013
We can do better

Another Earth Day is under our belts and in Ketchikan, that means a whole lot of volunteers spent a whole lot of time cleaning up after the rest of us.

The yellow litter bags, stuffed to overflowing, line sections of the highway. One doer of goodness, willing to handle others’ trash strewn carelessly over our island, reports the three most common items she found, repeatedly: Small (airplane-sale-sized) liquor bottles, packaging for cigarettes, and fast-food wrappings.

Gheesh.

We love to thank our neighbors for helping out, but at some point, don’t we all need to realize that we need to pay attention to what we do with stuff we’ve finished with?

We don’t know a single person raised to think it’s OK to toss stuff out the car window or onto the ground as we stroll along in a place that — when clean —bears a strong resemblance to some folks’ idea of paradise. So a lot of this trash must come from “normal” folks, just like us.

Earth Day Monday was a good reminder about taking care of our planet, but also a reminder to clean up our own, individual act here in our slice of the Earth. Next year, let’s use fewer of those yellow bags.