Among the attractions at the Whitland Avenue picnic was the effort to green up the proceedings by offering water from a cooler rather than plastic bottles.
The yearly July 4 celebration, which combines the sweaty, social, culinary and patriotic in one party, has traditionally featured one or two large canoes full of soft drinks and water bottles. When it's a really sweltering day, you may find yourself using both hands to wedge the empty bottle into an overflowing recycle bin. Karen Tabor, a Whitland resident and one of the celebration's organizers, said that clean-up and recycling had become a big issue.
Last year the decision was made to switch to water coolers and plastic cups. Four coolers dispensed 20 gallons of water. Tabor reports that people seemed a little put off by the change.
This year, the celebration used 25 gallons of Alpine Water and 1500 cups, which are made from recycled material and are themselves recyclable. Alpine threw in the six coolers, no charge.
Tabor said this year she heard more positive comments about the switch. Like independece, it's an idea whose time, it seems, has come.