Chase Finn

Here comes Team Gaia to save the day! That is April 28th, 2007.

While looking for an effective and productive way to get our name out there, AND save the environment (which is what we do best), Team Gaia has taken it upon themselves to spread awareness of the endless benefits of recycling by collecting the recyclable items at the first annual Jacksonville Irish Music Festival, being held at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds, in Jacksonville FL.

“We’ve never seen recycle bins at other festivals so we thought this is something we can do to help make a difference,” stated Team Gaia member, Shane Reilly Rogers. We are hoping that Team Gaia will be able to travel to many local festivals as
“Rock-n-Recyclers” and keep the important message of why everyone should recycle spreading through the community.

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To help us with the Rock-n-Recycle project I have been contacting local hardware stores and retailers such as Home Depot to see if any of them would be willing to donate large plastic trash cans and garbage bags to help collect the recyclable items. To make these bins that much better, one of Team Gaia’s resident artists, Valerie Belzeski, has been designing the logos and messages that will be put on these bins and our booth. Along with asking for donations, we have also been contacting local news, radio, and television stations to see if any of them would be interested in doing a story on us and helping us with publicity. (What better way of spreading our cause than getting our message mass published?) And to top it off, Cheyenne-Light Smith, another of the team’s artists, has come up with some awesome T-shirt designs and has personally crafted Team Gaia’s “uniform” for the festival. She has been working very zealously to physically sew and transform ordinary T-Shirts into something worth a second glance. I’m sure I speak for everyone in my team when I say I look forward to showing my Gaia Pride!

We are all very excited about this upcoming event and know it will turn out great! I hope to see you all at the Jacksonville Irish Music Festival at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds April 28th, and don’t forget to keep your recycling rock’in! Please
look for my follow-up blog for all the post festival highlights!



I feel that whole milk is a very important part of a toddler’s diet, but not so much for anyone over the age of two. When a baby is still developing, the fat and calories in whole milk are helpful for growth and brain development. When you are older, though, the amount of fat and calories becomes unnecessary and drinking whole milk becomes an unhealthy habit.

Children between the ages of two and twelve should be weaned off of whole milk and gradually switched on to 2%, 1% and finally skim milk. A common fallacy is that 2% and 1% milk are healthy alternatives to whole milk. The truth is that whole milk has 8 grams of fat per serving, 2% milk has 4.5 grams of fat, and 1% milk has 2.5 grams of fat.When you are growing, generally up until your early twenties, milk provides you with a good amount of calcium that is good for developing strong bones and for growing. However, when you are finished growing milk is not that great for you. This is because the amount of calories and fat in non-skim milk is unnecessary and causes weight gain. For that reason, it is important to proportion the amount of milk you drink.

There are alternatives, however, such as soy and rice milk. These alternatives may have less calcium but they have a lot more benefits. For example, soy milk has less fat, carbs, and cholesterol than milk and it has more iron and other vitamins.

-Chase Finn