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Reincarnate your phone book
Keep Liberty County Beautiful
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We have a tremendous spiritual opportunity for you this month. You can help your out of date phone book achieve reincarnation. How often do you get the opportunity to do something like that? By rounding up your out-of-date phone books and their close cousins, business and sales catalogs, for recycling, you will give these thick books a chance to live and be useful again.
Paper products can often be recycled — I mean reincarnated — many times and we need your help to make that happen. Have you ever noticed how many pages telephone books contain on average? Yes, I checked. When you count the pages in each section, there are 834 pages. Think about how many phone books are distributed each year. I encourage you to round those books up and give those informative pages a chance to live again.
We have set up drop-off boxes in several locations around the county for folks to leave telephone books and catalogs through Feb. 15. I hope you will make the effort to do so.  
Here are the locations for drop off:
• The Liberty County Annex Lobby on Main Street in Hinesville.
• The Environmental Health Office at 101 N. Commerce in Hinesville.
• Hinesville City Hall lobby on MLK.
• Flemington City Hall on Old Sunbury Road.
• The City Hall of Walthourville on Highway 119
• Riceboro City Hall on Highway 17.
• Allenhurst City Hall on Highway 84.
• Midway City Hall on Highway 84.
If you are employed with a local business, industry or school and have a substantial number of books, please call my office at 368-4888 and we will try to work out a direct pickup. We want to provide an opportunity for everyone to recycle. Our trees will thank you for it.
And speaking of trees, Georgia Arbor Day is coming up on Friday, Feb. 20. That might seem like a long time from now, but a photo contest for area photographers is under way now. In partnership with Melon Bluff Nature Preserve, the Hinesville Area Arts Council, the Georgia Forestry Commission and the Coastal Courier, we are hosting a live oak photo competition and exhibition in honor of Arbor Day. This competition will celebrate Georgia’s state tree, the live oak.
Entries will be accepted and awarded in a senior division (adults 17 and up) and a junior division (ages 10-16). Cash prizes for the winning entries will be provided by Melon Bluff. Here are some things to know for your entry:
• All entries must be framed and matted.
• There is a $10 entry fee for each submission.
• There is a limit of two submissions per artist.
• There are no restrictions on size of the photo entry.
• Entries must include the title, the photographer’s name and contact information, the division, entry fee and price, if the entry will be for sale.
• Entries must be delivered to Melon Bluff at 2999 Islands Highway between Feb. 6-11 (open 9 a.m.-4 p.m.) for consideration.
• Former Georgia state photographer and the 2008 DNR artist-in-residence Diane Kirkland will serve as judge the competition.
• Winners will be announced at a reception and gallery showing at Melon Bluff on Arbor Day and will be on exhibit at Melon Bluff through April 17.
For additional information on the competition and the prize levels, visit or
Upcoming Keep Liberty Beautiful events:
• Through Feb. 15, telephone book recycling. Several drop-off locations for phone books and large catalogs will be available around the county. For more information, contact Keep Liberty County Beautiful at 368-4888 or
• Through Feb. 11, live oak photo competition and exhibit. Entry information available at and

Swida is the executive director of Keep Liberty County Beautiful. For more information, contact her at 368-4888 or
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