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No shortage of beautification projects
Keep Liberty Beautiful
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Spring is such a busy time. At Keep Liberty Beautiful, we have a number of activities going on that we need you involved in.
From recognition programs to litter cleanups to community gardens, we have a variety of improvement efforts going on. Whatever your interests are, I am sure we have a project that you would enjoy.

Citywide cleanups
Citywide cleanups for the Great American Cleanup are under way. I hope you will be involved where you live and join a city cleanup effort or call us to get one started for your community or neighborhood. Here are the upcoming city cleanups:
• March 23 Midway, Isle of Wight
• April 20 Hinesville
• April 27 Walthourville, Flemington, Riceboro
Contact Keep Liberty Beautiful or your local city hall if you would like to volunteer for one of these litter cleanup efforts. Volunteer litter cleanups are a powerful statement about how we feel about our communities. Yes, we pick up litter at them, too, and that is good, but volunteer cleanups let others in the community know that a clean community is important to many of us here. We welcome volunteers in unincorporated communities or neighborhoods to partner with us in starting a cleanup. Recruit your neighbors and friends to help, and we will supply fliers, cleanup supplies, water and T-shirts for your group. Call us at 880-4888 or email to get your group started.

Think 30
We also invite you green-thumbers and any green-thumb wannabes to participate in our Think 30 community garden projects. Green spaces and spots of color from flowers and vegetables are wonderful way to enhance the appearance of our community — and you can help. Consider getting a group to help in sponsoring a garden in our community this year. We want to plant 30 gardens or green spaces before the end of the year. To make that happen, we need lots of citizens involved. We already have eight gardens planted and eight in the planning stages, so get your group involved today.
In conjunction with our Think 30 projects, we have a fun seed-planting project with the local 4-H group and Burpee Seed Company. We received a seed grant from Burpee for 100 welcome-home garden packets to honor and assist military families. These packets include premium vegetable and flower seeds as well as recipe ideas for the vegetables produced from these seeds. We encourage any military families or neighborhoods, apartment complexes or organizations involved with military families to take advantage of this opportunity. The packets are free, and 4-H coordinator Kasey Bozeman and I would be happy to help with the design and development of these gardens for those new to the garden experience.
Keep in mind that a garden can come in many forms. If you do not have land available, consider a patio or container garden. Many of these plants will thrive in these convenient forms of gardening, if planned well. Each kit includes seeds for zinnias, marigolds, lettuce, spinach, squash, tomatoes, sweet peppers, cucumbers and radishes. We have a limited number of packets, so let’s get planting soon! Call us, or call Kasey at 876-2133.

Win-dex Awards
The Liberty County Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Win-dex Awards recognition program with KLB to recognize businesses in the community that make extra effort to keep their businesses attractive and inviting. We need your help in giving these local businesses the recognition they deserve. Nomination forms are available at the KLB office or at the chamber office by calling 368-4445. Awards will be announced in mid-April at the next Progress Through People luncheon.

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