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MARITIME FOUNDATION HOSTS 5TH ANNUAL PARADE OF LIGHTS ON DECEMBER 4

MARITIME FOUNDATION HOSTS 5TH ANNUAL PARADE OF LIGHTS ON DECEMBER 4

Atlanta, GA-- Registration for participants is open for the UYC Maritime Foundation Boat Parade of Lights, set for Lake Lanier on Saturday, December 4.  This year the organization is seeking boats to participate in a Lighted Boat Parade on Lake Lanier.  It will also include “A Taste of the Lake” and activities for every age at Aqualand Marina. Phil Niekro and Bruce Erion will be masters of ceremonies.

Hall County seeks Unity in its Recycling Initiatives

Atlanta, GA--(from Hall County Public Info Officer)  On America Recycles Day (11/15), Hall County officially kicked off a community-wide effort to save environmental and financial resources. EnviroShare is an environmental management system, a voluntary network of local governments, school systems, citizens, businesses and nonprofit organizations who work together toward common environmental goals.

“Our community has a vision of Hall County as a place where the environment is a priority. Let’s build a Hall County we can be proud of,” said Commissioner Ashley Bell, who championed the revamped EnviroShare program.

EnviroShare X-Change has been e-mail resource-sharing program for 15 years, started by Rick Foote, Natural Resources Coordinator for Hall County Government.

New Large Park Coming to West Hall County

New Large Park Coming to West Hall County

Atlanta, GA--  The Hall County Board of Commissioners authorized a $737,340 grading contract on Thursday for site work on Cool Springs Park, a 70-acre park planned on Cool Springs Road in West Hall. The contract, which is for the grading phase only, was awarded to Charles L. Sullivan Construction Inc.

The park property was donated to Hall County by Cool Springs LLC. The major aspects of the park are two soccer fields, four outdoor basketball courts, three baseball fields, skate park, BMX track, two miles of bike trails, restroom/concession facilities and a one-mile paved walking trail. The park will be developed with SPLOST – Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax – funding and impact fees.

Keep Hall Beautiful Director Receives State Honor

Atlanta, GA--  Keep Hall Beautiful’s Cindy Reed was awarded the Barbara Mason Award for Executive Director of the Year at the Keep Georgia Beautiful Awards Luncheon last week in Atlanta. 

The award is named in honor of Barbara Mason, who dedicated her life to preserving the environment and establishing the Keep America Beautiful system in Georgia and the nation.  Under her leadership, significant improvements were made in Georgia in the areas of waste reduction, conservation of resources, property maintenance, quality of life and beautification. 

“Cindy truly deserves this award.

Recycle Electronics & more at America Recycles Day Event and Keep Hall County Beautiful

Atlanta, GA--  In recognition of America Recycles Day, Hall County Resource Recovery and Keep Hall Beautiful will be collecting recyclables from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13 at the Hall County Farmers Market. The Farmers Market is located at East Crescent Dr. and Jesse Jewell Parkway near I-985 Exit 24.

Items accepted for recycling

Electronics, full list online ($10 charge for televisions)

Eyeglasses

Home thermostats

Mercury thermometers

Compact fluorescent light bulbs (limit four per household – no businesses, please)

There also will be mobile document shredding available with a limit of four boxes per household (no businesses, please).

Historic Bus Tour of Gwinnett Set for November 6th

Atlanta, GA--  The Gwinnett History Museum, part of the new History & Culture Program of the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center, is sponsoring its annual historic bus tour. You are invited to participate in this event on Saturday, November 6, 2010. The bus pulls out at 8:30 am from the Lawrenceville Female Seminary and will travel to the cities and towns of Norcross, Centerville, Grayson and more. This is an opportunity you do not want to miss!

Hall County Voters Favor Two Tax Payments

On Election Day 2010, Hall County voters decided that they would like to pay property taxes in two installments due Oct. 1 and Dec. 1, rather than one annual payment. The referendum is nonbinding, which means the Hall County Board of Commissioners must vote to actually change tax payments to two installments.

Craig Lutz and Scott Gibbs were voted onto the Hall County Board of Commissioners and will begin their four-year terms on Jan. 1. Craig Lutz received 85.3 percent of the vote for District 1, while opponent Paul Wayne Godfrey received 17.6 percent of the vote (1 percent was write-in). Scott Gibbs ran unopposed for the District 3 seat.