Guest Column

April 21, 2011

How Newcastle celebrates Earth Day on April 23 – and every day

Emily Newcomer

Newcastle has proven its commitment to sustainability year round, including diverting 57 percent of the community’s waste from the landfill through recycling and compost collection in 2010.

Earth Day 2011 offers a unique opportunity to showcase and build on the community’s track record for recycling leadership.

The Newcastle Goes Green event April 23 at Lake Boren Park will bring the community together to celebrate sustainability success to date — and energize residents for the future. It’s a chance to learn from others about easy, economical ways to help the planet and the environment.

The event includes educational mini?seminars, kids’ activities, an on-site restoration project and musical fun. Eco?friendly businesses will showcase things including organic body care products and solar and wind energy solutions.

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Patriot Players perform unfinished Charles Dickens novel

April 21, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. April 21, 2011

When Charles Dickens died from a stroke in 1870, he left his latest novel, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” unfinished.

The novel languished until 1985, when American-British composer and author Rupert Holmes transformed it into a musical. To him, it didn’t matter that the novel’s murder mystery remained unsolved. Instead, he decided to let the audience vote, giving the show a possible 476 whodunit endings.

Liberty High School’s Patriot Players, under the guidance of directors Katherine Klekas and Eia Waltzer, have taken on “Drood” with gusto, given that it involves danger, romance and cross-dressing actors.

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