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earthdayOn April 22, 1970 the first Earth Day was created to protest the negative impacts of our industrial developments. In July of that year the US Congress and President Nixon created the Environmental Protection Agency and laws such as the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act. Earth Day is now a global event each year.

Earth Day Network has chosen a theme for 2019: Protect Our Species. The world is facing the greatest rate of extinction since we lost the dinosaurs. Unlike the fate of the dinosaurs, this rapid rate of extinction is a result of human activity. Some of the causes are deforestation, habitat loss, poaching, pollution and pesticides. The good news is that the rate of extinctions can still be slowed if we work together.

Earth Day is April 22 but we will celebrate it on Saturday April 27th in Altherr Nature Park from 1:00 to 3:00pm. Local groups will have information and crafts celebrating the earth as well as informational hikes on trails and birding events. Rick Read will lead a Birding Walk at Altherr Nature Park at 7:30am and an Owling walk in City Park at 9:00pm. Much progress has been made over the years to heal the Earth. Much more can be done. For all the progress we have made let’s celebrate and be an advocate to take care of our world!

Saturday, April 27th - Earth Day Celebration.  7:30AM Kickoff at the Altherr Nature Park
  • 7:30am - Birding with Rick Read at Altherr Nature Park
  • 1-3PM  - Earth Day Activities:  For All Ages at Altherr Nature Park
  • 9PM - Owling with Rick Read in City Park
Come to your parks to enjoy the outdoors and celebrate Earth Day. Hope to see you all there!


Liz’s Lift is a portable wheelchair lift and ramp system made possible by the generosity of Elizabeth “Liz” Oilar Memorial Contributions, the White County Board of Health, the White County Community Foundation-Women Giving Together Grant, the Monticello City Council, the Rotary Club of Monticello, Quality Construction (Chad Crain Owner), all City Departments, and the City of Monticello Mayor’s Advisory Council for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Liz was a founding member of the Mayor’s Advisory Council, and was dedicated to making sure all of our citizens have access to community events, and so it is just & fitting that we dedicate this wheelchair lift in her memory, providing access & opportunity where had been none.

This portable wheelchair lift is available to any entity in White County where temporary accommodation is necessary and requested. Scheduling is handled through the ADA Coordinator at 574-583-4568
This community offers an enchanting atmosphere of friendliness and fun augmented and reflected by two beautiful, accessible lakes.  The city's impressive tourism assets, diverse economic base and dynamic leadership make it a gem to any target, whether it is a business, visitor or potential resident.

It's no wonder that a city built to hug the sides of two lakes reflects so many lakeside attributes.  It is a serene community with a high quality of life.  It is safe, accommodating and never feels rushed.  It is a place where you won't feel weighed down by big city pressures, and instead have the time to enjoy what is most important in life.  While it does have this calming side to it, Monticello, like its lakes, is also a place of unbridled fun.  It is filled with the energy of youth whether it be from families playing at Indiana Beach, new leadership, or young adults starting their education at Ivy Tech.  There is both a wonderful calm and sparkling energy here.

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