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JCC?Earthfest Highlights Importance Of Environment

Jeff Musial, animal expert again provided entertainment at Jamestown Community College in association with its annual Earthfest event. Jamie Haight, pictured below provided a musical performance prior to the animal exhibit. Various stands were in place showcasing local organizations that are involved with nature in some fashion. P-J photo by Jordan W. Patterson

Earthfest was kept inside for a consecutive year, but again the outdoors prevailed during a month dedicated to the environment.

Jamestown Community College on Wednesday held its annual Earthfest organized by the Earth Awareness Club.

The environmental-focused event brought back Jeff Musial, who has appeared on the “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” and his familiar collection of wildlife. Musial presented his program, as he did last year, with animals from Nickel City Reptiles and Exotics, an animal outreach company.

Musial showcased various animals and incorporated an extensive amount of humor to entertain the crowd gathered inside JCC’s Hamilton Collegiate Center. Musial and his company primarily travel the tri-state area providing various institutions with wildlife entertainment.

With a spider monkey, an opossum, an armadillo and a boa constrictor, among others, Musial again combined humor with wildlife trivia as he carried out his performance in front of community members and JCC students. At the end of the wildlife showcase five students even assisted the animal expert by holding a non-threatening snake.

P-J photo by Jordan W. Patterson

The Earth Awareness Club primarily raises awareness regarding ecological-related issues around the world. The club also hosted a film series called “Our Planet, Our Choice” last year.

Prior to Musial, a musical performance was provided by local musician Jamie Haight. Haight performs acoustic guitar shows around the region.

Additionally during Earthfest, a wide array of exhibits were in place showcasing local organizations that are involved with nature in some fashion.

Last week and earlier this week, the Earth Awareness Club hosted an environmental-related poster contest with Panama Central School, Ring Elementary School and Erie-2 BOCES Hewes Center fourth grade students.

Some of the submitted posters read “Be a bee buddy,” “Save the ocean” and “Recycle, Reuse, Reduce.”

Jan Bowman, co-chair of the Earth Awareness Club, said the contest was an attempt to connect students with nature at a young age. JCC’s planet-friendly efforts are in association with Earth Day and what has now become an environmental-conscious Earth Month throughout April.

Next week, the college will commemorate Arbor Day by planting a bird cherry tree or a prunus padus near the Winger Way bridge on campus May 1 around noon.