12-18-2015 2-21-41 PMThis article is a bit different than my usual sharing of environmental information. I would like to use this forum this time to honor our local heroes.

As a member of the Athens Ladies Civitan, I am very proud of the work this group does within our community. The mission of Civitan worldwide is to build good citizenship by providing a volunteer organization of clubs dedicated to serving individual and community needs with an emphasis on helping people with developmental disabilities.

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One of the many things the club does each year, and my personal favorite project, is to provide a Christmas party for the clients of the Limestone County Mental Health Center. The clients are treated to a full turkey dinner, entertainment, gifts, and a visit from Santa Claus. Our guests look forward to this party with great anticipation.

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Entertainment at this year’s party included music by the Athens Dulcimer group and the reading of an original poem titled Athens Christmas Heroes. Mayor Ronnie Marks and members of our Athens Fire and Police Departments helped with the poem.

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At the end of the story, our own Athens Police and Firefighters were brought to the front and received a standing ovation for putting their lives on the line every day for this community. It is a difficult time to be an emergency responder, and this was a great opportunity to recognize and appreciate them.

Take a moment to thank our first responders during the holidays and throughout the year. Sometimes we forget about them until we have a need, and at that moment they can become our lifeline.

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Reading this story with your children may give you an opportunity to open a dialogue about our first responders and what they truly do for our community.
By: Lynne Hart

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12-3-2015 10-37-18 AMRecently, I had the privilege and pleasure of providing the program for all 5th and 6th grade 4H Club meetings during the month of November. Yes, nearly 50 presentations and over 1,000 students reached in about 3 weeks. Am I tired? Yes. Was it good? Absolutely!

Recycling was the topic since America Recycles Day is celebrated in November. The students learned so much as we played a rousing game of Environmental Jeopardy. One of the questions was “Name three things that should be recycled after Christmas.” Most of the students were able to get that one right. Can you?

The holidays create lots and lots of materials that need to be disposed of in some way. Here are a few things that you can and should recycle:
• Gift wrap
• Tissue paper
• Gift bags that can’t be reused
• Christmas cards
• Gift boxes that won’t be reused
• Shipping boxes
• Cooking oil (from all those turkeys and other good things)
• Aluminum cans and plastic bottles (from all the parties)
• Electronics that have been replaced by Santa
• Glass bottles and jars (what was in them is our secret)

Another question asked was, “Why is it helpful to flatten boxes before recycling?” The answer is that it saves space. It saves space where you store them before taking them to the recycling center. It saves space in the collection bins and trailers which means they don’t have to be emptied as often. This is especially important when using the cardboard collection trailers located at most county schools. When the boxes are not broken down, the trailers fill up very quickly which means multiple trips by center employees to empty them. Flattening the boxes would allow so much more to be put in the trailers before they needed to be emptied, saving time, gas, and money.

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The Athens-Limestone Recycling Center is part of Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful which is a non-profit organization. The center services the trailers in the city and county schools, and city and county businesses without charge. The simple step of breaking down cardboard and using the other collection bins correctly is one way of helping keep costs down for the center.
The students also discussed the fourth R of recycling – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, RESPECT. They were asked to explain how respect fits in with the action of recycling. They needed a bit of help with this one and so do many adults.

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When we do anything, we should always think about the next person who will be working with or handling what we’ve done. If a cardboard box is recycled without removing Styrofoam peanuts, chances are someone will find those peanuts in their crops, on the roadway, or in their yards. If block Styrofoam is left in the boxes, the recycling staff has to remove it before processing or it can contaminate a bale of cardboard. When recycling milk jugs, rinse them out if possible. Milk does not smell good after a few days. One business tossed all of their bathroom trash in with their recycling, which meant the center staff had to pick out all of that trash so the rest of the materials could be recycled. That is a clear example of disrespect in recycling!

The students had a lot to think about. It is my hope that these children take what they’ve learned and pass it on to their parents and others. It is also my hope that their parents will listen to their children and apply those lessons.

It only takes a few minutes to make sure your bountiful holiday trash is handled properly. Recycle all you can, and be sure to consider that fourth R – Respect.
Please call the Recycling Center at 256-233-8746 or the KALB office with any questions you have about what you can or cannot recycle.
Enjoy the holidays!
By: Lynne Hart

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11-20-2015 2-44-02 PMOur Athens Mayor is very anti-litter and pro-recycling. He not only talks the talk, but he walks the walk. You may drive past Mayor Marks as he’s picking up litter on the side of a road or as he’s adding his personal recycling to the Athens-Limestone Recycling Center’s community drop-off bins. If you ever engage him in a conversation about litter, it will become very clear very quickly that this is a topic that gets him hot under the collar.

Some litter is truly accidental, but so much of it is intentional or due to careless handling. We at KALB, along with Mayor Marks, do not understand the mindset of people who would trash a place they call home. Mayor Marks is asking local individuals and organizations to step up and join his initiative to make living in Athens a litter-free event by participating in KALB’s Adopt-A-Spot program.

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“Adopt-A-Spot is needed to keep the thoroughfares of our city beautiful not only for our citizens, but for visitors who are getting their first impression of Athens,” Mayor Ronnie Marks said. “When you drive by areas of litter, it gives the impression of a city that does not care. That is not the image we want portrayed of Athens.”
Here’s How It Works

KALB’s Adopt-A-Spot program allows groups and individuals to adopt certain locations in the City of Athens to pick up on a monthly basis. Adopting a location in Athens can be rewarding in more than one way. Volunteers are rewarded with a sense of community pride and a local organization can benefit financially!

Each quarter, after three cleanups, a local organization of the group’s or individual’s choosing will receive a financial reward. The money used for these rewards was provided to KALB for this specific purpose.

11-20-2015 2-44-25 PMBoy Scout Troop #24 has adopted Lucas Ferry Road from Elm to Hwy 72 for several years. After every third cleanup (no more than quarterly), their scout troop receives a check. Mr. Barry Phillips has adopted two spots in Athens. Because individuals cannot receive the cash reward, he has designated two organizations to benefit from his efforts — The Athens-Limestone Public Library and KALB.
KALB will provide groups with safety vests, litter grabbers, and trash bags to use during cleanups. Groups must report their activities which can be done easily online. KALB tracks the activity and sends out checks once the specified cleanups are complete and reports received.

Challenge to City Council
KALB challenges each member of City Council to pick a location in your district that is in dire need of being adopted and share that with KALB. We further challenge council members to help find a group, organization, or individual willing to commit to KALB’s Adopt-A-Spot program by adopting your chosen area.

Challenge to the Community
KALB and Mayor Marks also challenge the community to step up and say yes if you are approached. Better yet, just contact your City Councilman or call KALB directly and let us know you are interested in being part of the Mayor’s initiative to decrease litter in Athens.

One-Time Cleanup Efforts Help Too

If your family, club, or other group can’t adopt an area, we also support individual cleanups by providing safety vests, litter grabbers, and trash bags. Just give us a call and we’ll get a cleanup kit ready for you.

Interested in a Neighborhood Cleanup?
We would love to see neighbors come together in an effort to spruce up your neighborhoods. Pick up litter, trim shrubs, plant trees (ask Athens Utilities for a Vegetation Management Program – Policies and Procedures to help you select the right tree or shrub and the best location), encourage recycling, etc. Call KALB and we’ll help you get your plans started.
Don’t wait for someone else to do what needs to be done. That someone else is YOU.
By: Lynne Hart

11-6-2015 10-15-49 AMThe end of the year is approaching quickly. Thoughts will move toward roasting turkeys, Christmas shopping, family gatherings, and last minute tax deductions. Yes, it’s sad but true. Thoughts of red ribbons will be mixed with red ink and red tape!

If you are searching for a deserving organization to give a tax-deductible donation, Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful offers more than one way to do that.

A Little About Us
Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful has been in existence since 1977. A great deal of changes have taken place in the appearance and the mindset of this community since then. Litter, although still present, has decreased considerably just since I came to this organization in 1999. Volunteer hours have vastly increased as well, reflecting a change in attitudes regarding our local environment. Green space and landscaping have improved in many areas, thanks to our Athens-Limestone Beautification Board and private and public improvements.

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Our organization has helped shape these changes through environmental education in our city, county, and private schools, as well as programs such as Adopt-A-Spot, the Elk River Canoe & Kayak Trail Cleanup, Clean and Green Fiddlers Convention, and the Earth Day & Outdoor EXPO. Written articles and social media are used heavily to get the message regarding responsible care of our local environment out to the public.

The first rule of donations is to make sure the organization to which you are donating is reputable. Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful stands on its reputation in this community for many years. Our staff is available to answer any questions you may have.

Financial Donations
Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful works with a very tight budget yet continues to provide services and programs throughout the year. Although appropriations are received from the City of Athens and Limestone County Commission, a huge portion of our budget must be raised through fundraisers, memberships, and donations. We count on financial gifts from supporters to fill that financial gap.
Check with your employer to see if they have a program that will match your donation.
We accept donations in many forms, and we’ve made the process even more convenient by adding the option of making a donation online. Visit our website and you will find this option under the Donate tab.

Gifts for the Future
A bequest is one of the simplest ways to support Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful. If you’d like to help ensure that future generations will be taught to love this community through caring for the local environment, then your bequest would serve that desire well.

You can provide now for a future gift to Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful by including a bequest provision in your will.

Vehicle Donation
KALB also participates in the Cars to Donate program through Keep America Beautiful. If you have a car, truck, boat, RV, motorcycle, farm equipment, or other vehicle (running or not) that you would like taken away with one phone call, we can help!

Call 855-426-2427, answer a few questions, and designate Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful as your local affiliate of choice who will share in the profits once the vehicle is sold. A receipt will be provided so you may claim your donation as an income tax deduction.

For more information on this program, visit our website at www.KALBCares.com and you will find this option under the Donate tab.
Thanks for considering Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful when making your charitable contributions. We promise to be good stewards.
By: Lynne Hart

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10-17-2015 9-38-27 AMThe staff and volunteers of KALB have just finished a very busy time — fundraising season. We appreciate all who participated in our Duck and Run 5K and the Wacky Quacky Ducky Derby to help us raise funds. The income from these events allow us to continue our education objectives throughout the year.

Every project we lead, every program we make available, and every community effort we get involved in is for the purpose of education. We have the most fun engaging children in critical thinking and getting them excited about learning.

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When we give away tree seedlings, it is a perfect opportunity to share why trees are so very important to every living thing on this planet. Our Talking Tree loves to visit the youngest students, sharing with them all the things that she and her tree friends do for this planet.

When we gather volunteers to clean up the Elk River Canoe & Kayak Trail, we share information on why we should care about the cleanliness of our waterways. The majority of trash in our river starts out on land miles away from the rivers and streams and the action or inaction of people is the cause.

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Our mascot, Sparky, shares his love of cleanliness and litter-free communities with young students. Children are invited to become Student Litter Patrol Officers and are sworn in and given ID cards. Similar programs are available to older students, minus the mascot.

Our Recycling Center is prepared to accommodate student and adult groups who would like to tour the facility. With a brand new gathering room, information sharing will be greatly enhanced.
When we spend hours on end planning for our Earth Day & Outdoor EXPO, it is to give students and adults opportunities for hands-on activities that will bring them a better understanding of human impact on our natural world. Last spring, we developed a program for the classroom that was an introduction to Earth Day. Programs included Land Formations, Products from Recycling, Geological Features, and Food Chains and Webs. Students also had an opportunity to create recycled invitations to the Earth Day & Outdoor EXPO to give to family and friends.

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Our community garden at the Farmer’s Market became a great learning experience this summer as we teamed up with the Truancy Intervention Program and Athens State University. Students and parents who were ordered to do community service helped water, weed, and cultivate the gardens as well as build raised beds and wash market stalls. A representative from Water Wheels brought a travelling classroom and shared information about rain barrels and water conservation.

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In November, we will have another opportunity to educate. Every year, KALB staff members join the 4-H Agent Assistant responsible for Youth Development in Limestone County. KALB staff members and volunteers will attend all 5th and 6th grade 4-H club meetings as the guest presenter. Recycling will be the topic, bringing attention to the fact that November 15th is America Recycles Day.
KALB welcomes requests for adult or student presentations. We have programs appropriate for pre-school students through adult. Just give us a call and we’ll be happy to discuss available programs.
By: Lynne Hart

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10-2-2015 2-22-32 PMThe weather is cooling down which brings out the fire pits and bonfires. Fall is a great time to sit around a fire roasting marshmallows and making s’mores. A roaring fire can be a place for friends to gather, it can be warm and romantic, or it can be a way to burn household trash (or so some people think).

What’s wrong with burning my trash?

Burned trash does not disappear. Many people don’t realize how dangerous burning household trash is to their health, the health of others and the health of our environment. When backyard burning takes place, pollutants are carried through the air for short and long distances, falling upon land, crops, or into bodies of water.

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Burning paper and cardboard seems harmless, but there are many chemicals added to these materials in the process of making them that are released into the air when burned. Some pollutants such as mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), dioxins, and furans stay in the environment for a long time.

Contaminated water and food ingested by wildlife can cause cancer, deformed offspring, reproductive failure, immune diseases, and more. Humans can also be exposed to these pollutants indirectly just like wildlife, especially through eating and/or drinking contaminated fish, meat, and dairy products.

Are there regulations?

According to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) regulations under section 335-3-3-.01 Open Burning, “Only vegetation and untreated wood may be burned. It is unauthorized to open burn heavy oils, asphalt products, plastics, vinyl materials, insulation, paper, cardboard, natural or synthetic rubber, salvage or scrap materials, chemicals, garbage, treated or painted wood, or any trash.”

Guidelines for burning vegetation and untreated wood must be under certain conditions. The following is a partial list of those conditions:
• burning must take place on the property on which the combustible fuel originates;
• burning must be controlled so there is no traffic hazard created on any public road, street, or highway;
• Initial burning may be commenced between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. No combustible material is to be added to the fire between 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. the following day.
• The fire must be attended at all times.

Backyard burning should be limited to leaves, fallen or trimmed trees, and other vegetation. All other trash should be recycled or placed in garbage cans for pickup or taken to the transfer station. Today’s landfills are heavily regulated to ensure that contaminants are not released into the environment.

Be aware of burn bans

When temperatures are high and conditions are dry, burn bans may be put into effect to prevent wild fires. Before lighting an outdoor fire, be sure you know if a burn ban has been issued for the county in which you live. Under a burn ban, no open burning of any kind is permitted.

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What can I do?

If you practice open burning of any kind, it would be wise to familiarize yourself with all of the regulations pertaining to this subject since fines can be levied for failure to comply. To see the full version of these ADEM regulations, visit www.adem.state.al.us/alEnviroReglaws/files/Division3.pdf. There are additional regulations which apply if you reside within the City of Athens. For information, visit www.municode.com/library.

If you suspect that something is being burned other than natural brush and vegetation, contact the ADEM field office in Decatur, Alabama at 256-353-1713 or go to www.ADEM.state.al.us and click the “Complaints” icon.

Sources
EPA.gov
ADEM.state.al.us
By: Lynne Hart

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9-18-2015 3-25-02 PMRight now, some of you out there are searching for the perfect name for the ducks you are going to adopt for this race.

We’ve had Quick Draw McQuack, Duck Norris, Iona Bigyot, and Armand Hammer competing in past races. Each year we see the old standards such as Speedy, Quick Quack, and Lucky Duck. Some name their ducks after children or grandchildren. Whatever names you come up with, clever or standard, your ducks will be proud to carry your name with them down the spillway!

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This race is lots of fun for those who come to watch it; however, you do not have to be present to win. The race is amazing for those who take home one or more of the really nice prizes — and the list is long! For KALB, this fundraiser is necessary to obtain the funds which allow us to offer quality education, projects and programs. Our mission is to empower the citizens of Athens and Limestone County to take greater responsibility for enhancing their community environment. Your duck adoptions allow KALB to continue to serve the community with that mission in mind.

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How the Race Works

For a $5 donation to KALB, a specially-designed rubber racing duck will be placed in our Wacky Quacky Ducky Derby in your name. For a $25 donation, you will receive a PAPA MURPHY’S QUACK PACK which includes 6 ducks and a coupon for 50% off your entire order at the Athens Papa Murphy’s on Hwy. 72.

The ducks will be raced in up to 4 heats (depending on number of ducks adopted). The winners of each heat will be raced in the Championship Race to determine the winners of the Limestone Farmers Cooperative $1,000 Grand Prize and all other listed prizes. The order in which the ducks come through the duck trap determines the prize won. The total number of winning ducks will be determined by the number of prizes on race day.

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How to Adopt Ducks

Ducks can be adopted at the following locations:
• KALB office at 125 East Street in Athens
• Old Time Fiddlers Convention at Athens State University on Friday October 2nd and until 1:00 p.m. Saturday October 3rd (KALB tent is next to Information Tent)
• Use the QR Code on this page
• www.kalbcares.com/its-wacky-quacky-ducky-derby-time/
By: Lynne Hart

Clean & Green – Why We Do It

9-7-2015 9-51-09 AMThe mission statement of KALB is “to empower citizens of Athens and Limestone County to take greater responsibility for enhancing their community environment.” Many people know WHAT we do at KALB to fulfill this mission, and many may even know how we do it.

The most important question, however, is WHY do we do it. What we do and how we do it has to be secondary to the “why.” If the “why” does not come first, then the “what” and “how” will be done for the wrong reasons.

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Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful was certified as a Keep America Beautiful affiliate in 1977, and known as Athens-Limestone Clean Community until 2002. The organization was established to deal with litter issues and to change behaviors. Since that time, KALB has grown to include the Athens-Limestone Recycling Center and the Athens-Limestone Beautification Board.
The 40+ members of the KALB Commission, Athens-Limestone Beautification Board, and Athens-Limestone Recycling Board are all volunteers. Each one gives of their time because they understand and are passionate about WHY we create green space and beauty, accept more materials at our recycling center than most others, and work so hard to educate students and adults on how human behavior affects our local environment.

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Management staff and board members within this organization believe the following with passion:

• that the health of our environment means everything to the health of our community;
• that clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and healthy soil are critically important, a right to pass on to future generations, and not something to take for granted;
• that a pleasant community appearance can improve quality of life, attract businesses, and increase community loyalty;
• that protecting our natural resources by recycling all that we can is good stewardship, saves landfill space, and provides more useful life to the virgin materials we do use;
• that we must not be selfish and should make sacrifices in order to protect future generations from dealing with serious environmental issues that, through good choices, could be avoided.

If you share our passion for why the KALB organization exists, consider becoming a KALB volunteer. There are many opportunities in a variety of settings. We would be happy to talk about volunteering with no strings attached. Just remember, passion is a requirement!
By: Lynne Hart

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8-23-2015 12-23-57 PMGet ready…get set…GO to Raceroster.com and register to be part of the 12th Annual Duck and Run 5K taking place on Saturday, September 19th to support the work of Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful! The first Duck and Run 5K was held in 2004, three years after the initial Wacky Quacky Ducky Derby, our rubber duck race fundraiser. On October 3rd, KALB will host the 15th annual rubber duck race!

Fundraisers are a necessary part of the life of a non-profit organization. Thanks to generous sponsors, every dollar of the registration fee for the Duck and Run 5K goes directly to KALB and supports the work of our organization as we educate, inform, and engage our community in protecting our local environment.

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KALB does this through classroom presentations which are available to all public and private schools in Athens and Limestone County. Programs are available for any age group in a variety of topics. KALB gets the community involved through programs and projects such as Adopt-A-Spot, Elk River Cleanup, Clean and Green Events, Community Garden and more. Volunteer opportunities are available throughout the year. Additionally, information is shared through social media, our website, newspaper articles, and local radio and television.

RACE INFORMATION

The Duck and Run 5K is a moderately challenging race through the streets of historic Athens, Alabama. Runners will pass antebellum homes, wind around the Courthouse Square, and enjoy refreshments and award presentations in the historic Athens Utilities Building which was built in 1906. This building was renovated and is now the Athens Visitors Center.

Pre-registration is $20, late and race-day registration is $25. Online registration is available at www.RaceRoster.com. Registration forms can be printed from our website and mailed in no later than one week prior to race day. There will be a packet pickup and late registration on Thursday, September 17th from 4-7 p.m. at Fleet Feet Sports in Huntsville, and on Friday, September 18th from 4-7 p.m. at the KALB office located at 125 East Street in Athens. As a point of interest, the KALB office is also located in a historic building that Athens has preserved.

This race is perfect for experienced runners as well as beginners and walkers.

Can’t Run? Volunteer!

It takes many people to make this fundraiser a success. If you’d like to help direct runners along the race course, take photos along the course and/or at the finish line, help serve food, etc., we need you! Give us a call at 256-233-8000 to let us know you’d like to volunteer.

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Thank You, Sponsors
KALB is so very grateful to our all of our sponsors. This fundraiser and all of our programs could not exist without the generosity of these good people. Our major sponsors include Fleet Feet Sports, Limestone Farmer’s Cooperative, Eastside Pharmacy, American Leakless Company, Distinctive Landscaping, Inc., Eddy J. Burks, CPA, EFI Automotive, Limestone Drug, Pepsi, the News Courier, and Dub’s Burgers. We also appreciate Village Veterinary Clinic, We Chunk Junk, Athens-Limestone Hospital, Advocare, Wilmer & Lee, PA, Attorneys at Law, Railroad Bazaar, and Athens Now.

Come out and help us race to save the environment!
By: Lynne Hart

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I have conversations with our office manager, Leigh Patterson, frequently about the value of our volunteers and how much they are appreciated. Leigh and I comprise 1.5 employees (Leigh works part time), so the two of us could never in a million years accomplish what this organization does without the hundreds of volunteers we engage with over the course of a year.

The KALB Commission consists of volunteer board members who oversee the organization. These volunteers are the foundation that keeps KALB on solid ground. Without these men and women and all the event volunteers that step up when needed, KALB could not exist.

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So what have we done lately?
KALB tries to have a presence at community events as often as possible. We started the year off with our Tree Seedling Give-Away at the Home and Garden Show in Athens. Hundreds of seedlings in a variety of species were given away to Limestone County residents to help replace the thousands of trees that were destroyed during tornado seasons. This is the 4th year we have teamed up with the Alabama Forestry Commission – Limestone Division to make this happen.

8-7-2015 2-27-00 PMIn March, 87 volunteers showed up in West Limestone ready to join the Elk River Canoe & Kayak Trail Cleanup. Those 87 volunteers removed 4,850 lbs. of trash and debris from the river and surrounding land areas. That is over a ton LESS than what was removed from the same area by a similar number of volunteers the year before. Our message is being heard.

Leading up to our Earth Day & Outdoor EXPO, volunteers drew up designs for exhibitor placement, then redrew them when the event was moved due to weather predictions. Others hung posters, made phone calls, built bird feeders, prepared the supplies for the recycled crafts, and helped brainstorm ideas. Dozens of volunteers worked at the EXPO, many behind the scenes just making things happen. There were nearly 2,000 attendees and a record number of exhibitors, which has made it necessary to move to a larger location in 2016!

A group of dedicated volunteers have worked to make the Farmer’s Market Community Garden a great success this year. Several baskets of produce were taken to the LCCI Food Pantry in Athens to be distributed to our neighbors in need. Volunteers worked with Athens State University and the Truancy Intervention Program (TIP) bringing together students, parents, and KALB volunteers to tend the gardens.

School is about to start (always too soon), and KALB staff and volunteers will once again be doing Classroom Presentations teaching students about their role in caring for our environment. A variety of topics can be covered including the dangers of litter, why we recycle, creating a garden that welcomes wildlife, water conservation, the importance of trees, and lots more. Programs are designed to meet the needs of the teacher and the age group. Two retired teachers volunteered to help with presentations this past spring because we had so many invitations!

8-7-2015 2-27-17 PMYou will see KALB’s presence at the Old Time Fiddler’s Convention as nearly 100 volunteers hand out litter bags, provide opportunities for recycling to guests and vendors, and help keep the college campus grounds clean during the weekend event.

During the month of November, KALB presents the program at all county 5th and 6th Grade 4H Club Meetings. Working with the Extension Office’s 4H Coordinator allows us to reach hundreds of students with an environmental message. Next year, we will add the 4H clubs in the city schools to our agenda.

Several volunteers have joined the Adopt-A-Spot Program by agreeing to keep a roadway or walking trail picked up monthly. KALB provides trash bags, gloves, litter grabbers, as well as cash rewards to organizations when an adopting group or individual fulfills the requirements. Interested? There are locations available for adoption.

There is so much more to KALB. This article doesn’t even touch on the work done by our Athens-Limestone Beautification Board and the Athens-Limestone Recycling Center! If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities, we’d love to hear from you. We truly love and appreciate our volunteers!
By: Lynne Hart