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Forging ahead with full fall schedule
Keep Liberty Beautiful
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Fall is in the air, even though the temperature does not reflect it yet. As we gear up for Keep Liberty Beautiful’s annual autumn events, let me share a few highlights. Mark your calendars now. Your participation in these events can make a difference in your life and in our world.
Don’t forget to nominate your favorite attractive businesses for the quarterly Win-dex Awards. Nominations will be accepted through Sept. 30.
When considering which business to nominate, consider these points:
• Is the business’ exterior clean and litter free? Now, of course, that’s part of the criteria.
• Is the landscape well-maintained?
• Is the building exterior attractive and not in need of repair?
• Is the frontage property mowed and litter-free? Or is the sidewalk and parking area clean? Is this area free of cigarette butts?
• Are there attractive plantings decorating the exterior?
• Is the entryway inviting?
For information about Win-dex Awards, call the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce at 368-4445 or Keep Liberty Beautiful at 880-4888 or e-mail
 On Sept. 25, we will take a volunteer crew to St. Catherine’s Island for a beach sweep. Several local boaters have graciously agreed to provide transportation and make this volunteer cleanup possible. Volunteer space is limited for this cleanup so reserve your space now. The cleanup focuses on the most popular public beach area on the island. Volunteers 16 or younger must be accompanied by an adult. This is always a great trip so don’t miss it.
The Hinesville Police Department will host “Operation Pill Drop” from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 25, at the police station. They will accept expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications. Call 368-8211 or 408-8242 for more information. This event is part of national Take-Back Day.
Medication that is improperly discarded poses a risk to public health and safety and is a potential hazard for waterways. This one-day effort is intended to bring attention to the issue of increasing controlled-substance abuse.
KLB will have its quarterly Recycle It! Fair from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 2, in conjunction with the gigantic Kiwanis yard sale at Bradwell Park. The fair is a fun, enjoyable event during which residents can dispose of electronics, batteries, ink and toner cartridges, hardback books, household paint (only cans that are not rusted and still in good condition), motor oil, antifreeze, gently used clothing, household goods and appliances.
Plan now to turn in these items for appropriate reuse or recycling. Help us make sure these items do not end up in landfills.
Oct. 23 is National Make a Difference Day and KLB will celebrate it with the fifth annual Rivers Alive Cleanups. We will clean 20 creeks, streams and wetlands throughout the county with the help of local volunteers. Last year, more than 340 volunteers stepped up to protect our local waterways. Please mark your calendars now to make a difference. Call KLB and tell us about the site you’re interested in cleaning.
There will be another Recycle It! Fair on Nov. 20 to celebrate America Recycles Day, which is Nov. 15. ARD is designed to drum up interest in recycling. This year, we will promote waste-free lunches in schools and workplaces. KLB will share more information soon. If you are new to recycling, plan to take the pledge to recycle on Nov. 15.
I know fall is a busy time for all of us, but I hope you will be able to participate in as many of these activities as possible. These are all easy and — I think — fun ways to make a difference in your world.
For more information on any of these activities, call Keep Liberty Beautiful at 880-4888 or e-mail

Mark your calendar for these upcoming Keep Liberty Beautiful events:
• Tuesday, Sept. 14: Protect our Groundwater Day. Check out to find out what you can do.
• Saturday, Sept. 25: The Hinesville Police Department is hosting “Operation Pill Drop” from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the department, 123 E. M.L. King Jr. Drive. Residents can dispose of expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications. Call 368-8211 or 408-8242 for more information.
• Saturday, Sept. 25: St. Catherines beach sweep.
• Saturday, Oct. 2: Recycle It! Fair for electronics and household items.
• Saturday, Oct. 23: Fifth Annual Rivers Alive Cleanups at 20 locations in our county.
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