Time capsule items sought
March 15, 2011
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - The Aberdeen Proving Ground community is invited to donate environmentally friendly items that will be placed in a time capsule during the Arbor Day/ Earth Day ceremony April 29 at the APG Museum. The time capsule will be closed for 50 years, then opened May 1, 2061.
Items donated by garrison and garrison supported organizations should demonstrate APG's green ideas of today. This can be anything from sample data to part of a solar panel.
"The time capsule should show a moment in time," said APG School Liaison Stephen Clapper, who is assisting with the project. "In fifty years, did we achieve the green that we are pushing for today'"
Donated items should be small enough to fit inside the time capsule, which is expected to be six inches wide by 24 inches long.
Harford Technical High School construction and carpentry instructor Michael Svezzese and 10 students are building a replica of APG's Poole's Island lighthouse, which will hold the time capsule.
The model lighthouse will be made to scale and is symbolic of this year's Earth Day/Arbor Day theme at APG-Light of the Bay, which captures the spirit of APG's transformation. The solar powered battery-operated model will light up at night. Picerne Military Housing donated money to HTHS to fund the materials for this replica.
"The lighthouse itself is a green construction. We are using recycled materials," Svezzese said. "Sustainability is the wave of the future; everything should be constructed this way. Also, the lighthouse will be displayed outside the APG museum, so it has to be constructed to withstand weather and moisture."
Clapper said it will serve as a reminder of how APG is striving to be a good steward of the Earth's resources while meeting its military mission requirements.
"I think a lighthouse is fitting," he said. "Items placed in the time capsule will show how we will light our way to a brighter future," Clapper said.
For more information or to donate, call Environmental Protection Specialists Kathy Thisse at 410-436-8789 or Scott English at 410-436-9804. APG Garrison Commander Col. Orlando Ortiz and and
Command Sgt. Maj. Rodney Rhoades will make the final decision as to what will be placed in the time capsule.