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Getting to know Mother Earth
Mike Vincent, 12, was one of the younger ones who enjoyed the downtown Earth Day celebration Tuesday. His sidewalk chalk message encourages readers to recycle. - photo by Alena Parker / Coastal Courier

Earth Day

Hinesville celebrates Earth Day in Bradwell Park.

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It was a day to enjoy the beauty of all things natural, from snakes to samples of organic chocolate, Tuesday during the county's Earth Day Celebration and Public Services Day.
This year's event was in conjunction with Georgia Cities Week with the theme "Livin' it up Downtown" and drew a few hundred citizens to participate in festivities and enjoy the sunny and breezy afternoon.
There were attractions for all interests and ages.
A craft table and sidewalk chalk art contest let children get creative about the Earth Day message.
Children made and took home T-shirts with painted imprints from real fish at the craft table.
City services representatives, such as the Hinesville Fire Department and public works contractor OMI, were on site to answer questions and let children get an up close view of the equipment.
Tiffany Walker was eager to show off her art on the sidewalk.
She thinks pollution should be addressed during Earth Day and people "shouldn't throw trash and things in the water because it goes to the ocean."
With a colorful heart and flower painted on each cheek, Walker said she likes these kinds of city events and most enjoyed the face painting.
Jasmine Wilson, 11, made an original sidewalk chalk picture during the event.
She thinks people should keep the Earth clean by "making sure they don't litter."
Wilson recycles bottles and cans and thinks others should do the same.
Vicki Davis with the Hinesville Downtown Development Authority said the event helped educate how to "preserve our little corner of the world."
"Sometimes we do things that are harmful to our environment that we don't even realize, so having events like this brings awareness and educate us on different environmental issues..."
"It's our community," Davis said. "We need to learn to appreciate it and take care of it and beautify it."
Keep Liberty County Beautiful gave away prizes from ticket drawings. Prizes included $50 gift certificates, a DVD player, an iPod and a recyclable camera.
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