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Celebrating Earth Day

April 14, 2012
By Kurt Hauglie ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

CALUMET - Earth Day has been around since 1970, and it's often recognized with various events by local schools, and environmental groups and other organizations, including the Habitat For Humanity ReStore in Calumet.

Joseph Mihal, ReStore manager, said the Calumet store will have 20 percent off the price of items storewide during its Earth Day Celebration sale on April 20 and 21. Many ReStores in Michigan are having the Earth Day sale with various percentage price reductions.

"It was up to each store to decide what they wanted to do," he said.

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Joseph Mihal, manager of the Habitat For Humanity ReStore in Calumet, shows some of the appliances the store has for sale. The Calumet store is having an Earth Day Celebration sale on April 20 and 21 with 20 percent off items storewide.

Earth Day, which is always April 22, was the idea of former Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson. According to the Nelson website,, it was a grassroots movement. Nelson wanted to begin a national dialogue on environmental problems and what could be done to fix them. In 1970, President Richard Nixon signed an amended Clean Air Act, and in 1972, he signed the Clean Water Act. Nixon also created the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970.

Mihal said there is an environmental component to the efforts of the ReStores.

"For every $1 in sales, 1.3 pounds of material is kept from the landfill," he said.

Mihal said some of the donated items the store receives are from people who were heading to the transfer station, but instead decided to stop at the ReStore.

"Some people will come in and say, 'Would you like this desk?'" he said. "So much of what we have is stuff that will (otherwise) be sent to the landfill."

The Calumet store, which is in the former Apostolic Lutheran Church at 25971 Pine St. in Calumet, opened in November 2008, is one of many of the Habitat For Humanity organization has around the United States and Canada. Profits from the stores are used to cover the costs of building houses for low-income people. The ReStore accepts items in good condition, including household items, furniture, appliances, and building supplies, such as doors, windows, toilets, sinks and kitchen cabinets. Call 337-0020 to find out what items they won't accept. The store is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.



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