Park District ‘crushes’ 11,000 pounds of pumpkins; Will County buildings lit up green for veterans – Chicago Tribune
More than 1,000 pumpkins weighing approximately 11,000 pounds will be turned into fertilizer through this year’s Pumpkin Smash at Ron Ory Community Garden Plots in Naperville.
The November 5 event hosted by the Naperville Park District attracted 265 families, who brought their rotting pumpkins to be composted in the gardens.
Composting squash keeps them out of the landfill, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and creates a natural fertilizer, according to a district press release.
More than 40 similar collections have taken place across the region, according to local environmental group SCARCE, which helped coordinate efforts. According to SCARCE, pumpkin drives have composted more than 538 tons of pumpkins since 2014.
Will County is participating in Operation Green Light to show support for veterans throughout November, county officials said.
Operation Green Light was launched by the National Association of Counties and the National Association of County Veterans Services Officers to show support for veterans, raise awareness of the issues they face and shine a light on resources governmental.
Several Will County facilities are lit with green lights at night, including the County Office Building, the Will County Courthouse, and the Sunny Hill Retirement Home. Residents are encouraged to change a light bulb inside or outside their home to green.
“By giving the green light, we are showing our support for veterans in our community and thanking them for their service and sacrifices,” County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant said in a news release.
Veterans are also invited to attend a free Veterans Rights Seminar from 8-10 a.m. Saturday, November 19 at the Grand Haven Clubhouse, 1520 Grand Haven Road, Romeoville, to learn more about available resources. Sign up at https://bit.ly/3f5ikrA or call 815-267-6119.