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NewsNet 9-27-13

TOMORROW AT 14 TUCSON SCHOOLS: 2ND ANNUAL GREEN APPLE DAY OF SERVICE - Volunteers will gather tomorrow to work on environment-friendly projects at 14 Tucson schools. The work is part of the Green Apple program, a project of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council. Volunteers at the Sonoran Branch of the US Green Building Council served as a resource for finding and assisting local schools, and raised $2900 to fund seven Green Apple projects. Projects include gardens, rainwater harvesting systems, recycling and more.

SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK TO WAIVE ENTRANCE FEES TOMORROW - Saturday, September 28 is Public Lands Day across the nation. It is a day set aside each year to celebrate land that is publicly owned by the American people and to encourage people to come out and enjoy a day in their public lands. All 401 National Park sites across the country are joining Saguaro National Park in waiving entrance fees to celebrate the day. In addition to free entrance into the park, Western National Parks Association (WNPA) will offer a 15% discount on all book and gift sales to all visitors in both of Saguaro National Parks visitor centers. From Saguaro National Park.

COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: TIME/TEMPERATURE DISPLAY WILL NOT LIKELY INCLUDE ADVERTISING IF RESTORED - County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry says a proposed plan to restore the time and temperature display atop the County-owned office tower at 32 N. Stone Ave. will probably not include the display of advertising. Huckelberry said the County will consider looking for grants to pay for fixing the sign once it better understands how much that will cost. To those concerned that the sign would violate the City's Dark-Skies Ordinance, the County Administrator says it could simply be turned off at night. Huckelberry has also ruled out any strategy allowing the County to exempt itself from following zoning laws, saying the agency will go through the same process as an average person trying to get an old sign turned back on. From the Star.

ORO VALLEY SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR WATER UTILITY COMMISSION - The Town of Oro Valley is now accepting applications for two vacancies on the Water Utility Commission. Interested parties should have knowledge and/or interest in water-related issues. Applicants must be residents of the Town of Oro Valley and customers of the Oro Valley Water Utility. The term of this appointment is January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2016. From KOLD/KMSB.

NEXT SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5TH: HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE AND MEDICINE COLLECTION EVENT - The Tucson/Pima County Household Hazardous Waste Program (HHW) and the Pima County Sheriffs Department are sponsoring a medicine collection event along with the monthly HHW collection on Saturday, October 5, 2013, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. Prescription and over-the-counter tablets, capsules, liquids, and creams will be collected. Metal or glass inhalation bottles, syringes, and epi-pens will not be accepted. The service is free. The event will be held at Eastside Service Center, 7575 E. Speedway Blvd.