Operation Clean House, Arbor Day ceremony set for Saturday, Earth Day

Several events are planned in conjunction with Earth Day this Saturday, April 22 — from the multi-agency event, Operation Clean House to an Arbor Day ceremony at the new Johnstone Pavilion at a plant sale that includes the food desperately needed by the nearly-extinct monarch butterfly.

Operation Clean House set for Saturday

Operation Clean House” is a multi-agency event that gives Washington County residents an opportunity to dispose of hazardous household items in an environmentally responsible manner free of charge. The event, which is held every year, will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, April 22, in conjunction with Earth Day.

Two drop-off locations are available:

  • The Phillips 66 parking lot, west of the railroad tracks on Adams Boulevard
  • Washington County District 2 Barn, 399000 W. 1500 Road, Dewey

Accepted items
Accepted items include things like compact fluorescent bulbs, pollutants, household cleaners and toxins, yard care products, pesticides, herbicides, acids, paint thinners, household flammable liquids, smoke alarms, oil-based paints, pharmaceuticals and electronics.

Items NOT accepted
Items that will not be accepted include ammunition, biohazardous waste, explosives, household batteries, latex paints, pressurized gas cylinders, radioactive waste and trash. For a complete list of items that will and will not be accepted, see http://countycourthouse.org/events/view/event/operation-clean-house.

For more information, contact Washington County Commissioners at 918-534-1170.

Ceremony serves up tree planting, hotdogs

The City of Bartlesville will observe Arbor Day during a special ceremony set for April 22 at the new Johnstone Park Pavilion, located on Hensley Boulevard just west of Cherokee Avenue.

The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. and will include tree planting. Grilled hotdogs will be served.

The City of Bartlesville has been recognized as a “Tree City USA” by the National Arbor Day Foundation for 34 consecutive years.

“Everyone is invited to come out and celebrate and enjoy our Spring Arbor Day planting,” said Parks Supervisor Bobby Robinson.

Photo: Retired City Forester Chuck Parkin speaks to a group attending the 2016 Arbor Day Ceremony, held last year at Lee Lake. This year’s event will be held at the new Johnstone Pavilion, starting at 11 a.m. on April 22.

Save the monarch: Seed kits available at plant sale

The City of Bartlesville has partnered with a local garden club to help conserve the monarch butterfly, whose population has decreased nearly 90 percent over the past decade.

Seed kits for plants essential to the monarch’s survival will be available at the Bartlesville Council of Garden Clubs, Green Thumb and Hopeful Redbud’s annual plant sale this Saturday.

The sale starts at 8:30 a.m. at Eastland Shopping Center.

For more information, see City participates in monarch conservation program or take the pledge.