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8/1/2013 3:18:00 PM
Three-day community wide recycling event to be held in Ley Pavilion
Brooke Bechen
Reporter/News and Features

It would seem that everyone has "stuff" they would like to get rid of. Luckily, there may be a way to get rid of this "stuff," whether it's clothes the kids have outgrown, an old dinosaur of a computer or some knick-knacks that have been hidden away in the attic for too many years to count.
On August 22, 23 and 24, the Grace Lutheran Church in Dodgeville will be hosting its first community wide recycling event at Harris Park in the Ley Pavilion.
Hours on Thursday, August 22 will be 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.; Friday, August 23 fom 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 24 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
After holding a similar recycling event last year where electronics were collected and recycled in Mineral Point, several members on a committee at Grace Lutheran Church in Dodgeville decided to do another recycling event this year.
"Why just limit it to the church?" Wendy Nipple, who helped organize the event said. "We thought, let's make a community event out of it."
"We thought if we could recycle clothing and electronics, we could really do a nice event that went to good causes," Cathy Bramlett, who also helped organize the event added.
During that Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Vintage Tech will be collecting electronics. The proceeds from these donations will go toward the local Habitat for Humanity.
Electronics will be desposed of at no cost, but it is suggested that participants bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the food pantry instead.
Along with recycling electronics on those three days, individuals and home based businesses can also rent space at the event to sell items.
"We would welcome vendors to rent space for the event," Bramlett said.
Vendors can rent a 10 foot by 25 foot space for $35.00. Tables can be rented from the Lions Club for an extra $4.00 a piece, with a maximum of three tables, or vendors can bring their own 8 foot long tables.
On Saturday, unsold items can be donated to the Easter Seals, as they will be picking up remaining items at the close of the event.
For those who are not interested in renting a space but would still like to get rid of gently used, unwanted items, there will be someone collecting those items as well. All proceeds from this collection will go towards the Iowa County Humane Society.
"Not only can this type of event be a fundraiser, but also a worthy way to get rid of things," Bramlett said.
For Bramlett, this community event also allows those who do not have ample space for a sale, live in the country or would not usually put on a garage sale to get rid of unwanted items.
"Some folks live out of town and can't host a sale," she said. "We're hoping this will be a nice way to have something all together."
Grace Lutheran Church is still looking for volunteers for the electonrics drop off on Thursday, August 22 and Friday, August 23. Volunteers would have to box items that come to the drop off.
Those interested in volunteering or would like to learn more about the recycling event can email or contact Wendy at 608-574-0998.

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