3-18-2016 10-22-17 AMMany of us are looking forward to spring and summer days when we can spend time fishing, hiking, boating, having picnics, and enjoying the great outdoors.

KALB works hard to make those days more enjoyable through education and volunteer opportunities focused on litter abatement and litter removal. On April 9th, KALB will offer an event in which we welcome you to participate.

Our annual Elk River Canoe & Kayak Trail Cleanup will take place on Saturday, April 9th. Volunteers will gather at 8:00 a.m. at the boat ramp on Hatchery Rd. off Hwy. 99 in West Limestone. Individuals and registered teams are welcome. Once everyone has signed in and received supplies and instructions, groups will be assigned to an area to clean up.

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Damien Simbeck from TVA will join us and bring lots of supplies. He and his crew will take one group out onto the water.

A complimentary lunch will be served to all volunteers at noon as a thank you for making a difference.

Information and registration forms can be found on the KALB website at www.KALB.com. You will find the link to the 2016 Elk River Canoe & Kayak Trail Cleanup under the EVENTS tab.

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Team Challenge
Thanks to TVA, we are once again able to offer cash prizes of $250, $150, and $100 to the top three groups picking up the most pounds of trash. This year the rules have changed slightly. Each team’s total trash weight will be divided by the number of members on the team, arriving at a per capita number. That will be the number that is used to determine winners.

This will allow smaller teams to complete fairly with larger teams. Here are a few other guidelines:

• Teams must consist of at least 5 members.
• Extra credit points will be given to groups that separate recyclables.
• All debris must be weighed by the noon deadline.
• All debris must come from designated areas as specified by KALB.
• Concrete and bricks will not be accepted for weighing. These are often placed by the county or TVA to stabilize land.
• Deadline for team registration is March 30, 2016.

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Registration Information
Teams must register by March 30, 2016 to participate in the Team Challenge. Contact KALB for additional information. We’d love to hear from you!
Individuals should contact KALB at 256-233-8000 or KALBCares@gmail.com to let us know you are coming so we can prepare enough food for lunch. Individuals may come even if not registered; however, registration is preferred.

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Volunteers are welcome to bring boats, canoes, or kayaks to capture debris from the water. We have a huge problem with trash collecting in sloughs, which cannot be reached by land or a larger boat. Some kayaks may be available if requested IN ADVANCE.

Come out and join us for a day in the outdoors doing something good for our community.
By: Lynne Hart

3-5-2016 9-34-04 AMFUNDRAISING: Cash, Checks, and Precious Pups
There is nothing like having organization, and taking advantage of the love people have for their dogs!

Memberships and Donations
It is critically important to KALB’s financial stability that we increase our number of members and encourage donations. The percentage of our community population who has invested in KALB is very small. I invite everyone to visit our website to learn about the many wonderful things KALB is doing to make our community better for everyone.

Here are just a few:
• Home & Garden Show Seedling Giveaway
• Elk River Canoe & Kayak Trail Cleanup
• Earth Day & Outdoor EXPO
• Providing Community Service Hours
• Adopt-A-Spot Program
• Environmental Education – Pre-school through 6th grade
4H Club Presentations City & County 5th & 6th grade a few days of spring-like weather to bring me out of a funk. Yes, things have been a bit stressful at the KALB office for the past few months. Several of our KALB Commission members had a brainstorming session recently to try to find ways to fix our budget deficit due to losing some important funding dollars. Leigh, our office manager, took two months off without pay to help bridge the gap, but there is still a ways to go.
• Brainstorming is always fun, and we had some really creative thinkers in the group. We decided to consider our financial difficulties as an opportunity rather than a problem. With that in mind, KALB is focusing on attracting new members to our
• Supply Provisions for Litter Cleanups
• Speakers for Groups/Clubs
• Specially-Designed Presentations by Request
• Bi-Monthly Athens Now Articles
• KALB Website and Social Media
If you are led to support these efforts in a big or small way, please visit our website at www.KALBCares.com and select your method of giving under the Donation Tab. You may also send your membership check or donation to KALB, P.O. Box 1089, Athens, AL 35612. Every dollar means the world to KALB.

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Pet Photo Contest
We are also pleased to announce our inaugural Paws for the Environment Photo Contest and Fundraiser! KALB invites all of you with a precious pooch to enter them in our contest. Winners will be featured in our 2017 Paws for the Environment Calendar.

Elkmont’s famous Ludivine has endorsed this contest and will be featured on the calendar cover.

Each entry must be accompanied by an Entry Form and a $5.00 donation to KALB. You can find links on our website under the EVENTS tab. If you send in $10 (instead of $5), that will cover your entry fee plus 10 votes to start you off.

Photos of pets will appear on the KALB website, and the public will be invited to vote for their favorites beginning March 15th. Each $1 donation to KALB will equal one vote. Online voting will be available; however, votes can be sent in by mail or brought to the KALB office as well.

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Voting will continue through April with final voting taking place at the Earth Day & Outdoor EXPO on April 30th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Friendship Church in Athens. Ludivine will be at this event to give lots of love and licks!

Some winning pets may be offered a photo shoot and winning owners will be presented with a complimentary calendar once they are printed. All donations will help KALB to meet basic budgetary needs.
Everyone Wins!

Our goal is to make Athens and Limestone County a cleaner and more beautiful place to live, work, and play through education and grassroots efforts. Please help us continue these works through your personal participation.
All staff, volunteers, and supporters of KALB say “THANK YOU!”
By: Lynne Hart

2-19-2016 11-13-01 AMIn 2013, Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful received a grant from Lowe’s Corporate through Keep America Beautiful to create a community garden at the Farmer’s Market. It was our hope to create a place where fresh produce could be grown and provided to those in our community that would benefit from it.

Asphalt was removed and additional green space was added to the property in preparation for garden beds. Hundreds of volunteer hours were spent building three raised beds and three hugelkultur beds.

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What is a hugelkultur bed, you ask? It was a new concept to us as well. Hugelkultur (pronounced hoogle-culture) beds are created by either digging a hole and filling it with tree trunks, limbs, and branches along with other compostable materials or just piling them up and covering them with dirt. The trees will become spongy as they decompose and will absorb and hold water, feeding it back to plants during dry periods. All of the materials attract healthy organisms which improve the soil, which benefits any plants grown on or around these beds.

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Many volunteer hours were also spent tilling the beds, planting, weeding, and harvesting crops. All of the produce that has been grown has been donated to LCCI’s food pantry.

2-19-2016 11-10-50 AMWe are proud of the vision we had for this garden and what has been accomplished; however, we at KALB believe that our staff and the KALB commission have taken this project as far as we are capable of doing. It is time to turn the gardens over to a more capable community group with gardening knowledge that will allow them to expand into sustainable vertical gardening to substantially increase the harvest and help make this garden what we envisioned it could be. We would like to turn this project over to people that have a heart for the community with a desire to bring fresh produce to those in need, whether that be LCCI or for another worthy purpose.

Part of the grant money received was used to build a storage shed for garden tools and equipment. Several hoses, sprinklers, rakes, and hand tools will be available. Plans to create a drip system have been discussed and funds are available to make this happen with the right person taking charge.

Our contribution to LCCI has been small, but appreciated. We know this community garden is capable of so much more than we are able to accomplish.
We welcome anyone to contact us for more information on the community garden project. Let’s make our community garden a GREAT garden!
By: Lynne Hart

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2-5-2016 4-32-39 PMBefore I get into the topic of this article, I would first like to share KALB’s belief that a healthy environment is of great importance to all. We believe that people inherently understand the value of and care about a healthy environment. Every educational program, every project, every volunteer opportunity, and every means of sharing information is in place because of these beliefs.

Now, on to the topic of litter. I hate that we still have to talk about it because littering is still a problem. Then I remind myself that there are people out there that may not have the facts necessary to make a good, educated decision about littering. There are others who agree that litter is a problem, but aren’t sure how they can help.

Sadly, there will always be a small portion of people that will never change their mindset. That will never stop us from reaching out to young and old with information and opportunities. My hope is increased when I speak with our youngest students who seem to already understand that littering is wrong — and you should hear them tattle on their parents!

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My dog, Annie, and I enjoyed the recent warm temperatures by going for long walks. It is amazing what can be seen when walking that would be missed when driving by. The photos on this page are just an example of what Annie and I passed by on a recent walk. I didn’t have a litter grabber and a trash bag with me; however, Annie and I went back the next day to pick it up. In case you are wondering, I always have a bag with me in case Annie leaves a “present” along the way. I will add a litter grabber and trash bag to my dog-walking gear as often as possible from here on out.

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The following facts about litter are for those who are still unaware and for those that would like to share this information with others:

The Cost of Litter is Substantial

More than $11.5 billion is spent each year nationwide, with businesses paying a huge portion of that amount, and state and local governments, schools, and other organizations picking up the rest of the cost. All of these costs are undoubtedly passed down to consumers and taxpayers.

There are also indirect costs that we don’t often think about. Keep America Beautiful conducted an in-depth study and determined the following: it is estimated that the presence of litter in a community decreases property values by 7% — $7,000 on a $100,000 property; 93% of homeowners said a littered neighborhood would influence their desire to purchase a property; 36% of business development officials said that litter impacts a decision to locate to a community, jeopardizing the possibility of new jobs in that area. Litter can also cause lost tourism revenues, vehicle repairs, fires, and injuries.

Litter Has Costly Environmental Consequences

All living things rely on a healthy environment to survive. When we litter, we can damage ecosystems which must be restored, cause injury to humans and wildlife, and eventually these things will pose a threat to human health. Litter is carried by wind, animals, and rain into storm drains and local waterways, including the Elk River which is our source for drinking water. It doesn’t matter how far you live from the river, litter can travel many, many miles!

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Get Involved!

If you would like to stand up and take some responsibility for your neighborhood, we can help by supplying you with some trash bags and a litter grabber. Invite neighbors to join you in the effort and we’ll provide supplies for them, too! Organize a group to join the Adopt-A-Spot program. There are rewards connected with this program that can benefit local non-profits and organizations. Take a stand against a littered community and be an example to others.

We have a no-pressure guarantee that you can contact us with your questions about this and other issues. You’ll receive answers without obligation. That’s our promise.
By: Lynne Hart

1-22-2016 10-33-33 AMIt won’t be long before the hours of daylight increase, a warm and blustery hint of spring is in the air, and Athens and Limestone County come to life with activities!

KALB has officially put fall behind us and we are looking toward our spring events. We get excited because there is so much good accomplished during this time. Adults and children are educated about our impact on the environment we rely on to survive. Our precious water resource, the Elk River, gets the attention it so richly deserves. Best of all, we have the opportunity to talk one on one with our neighbors who share this piece of the earth with us.

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Here are a few of our upcoming events:

Home and Garden Show – March 11th and 12th

Stop by our booth to see what’s new in the world of recycling, litter abatement, beautification, and environmental education. We love to visit with you.
I am pleased to share that the Alabama Forestry Commission – Limestone County Division will be procuring seedlings for us again this year. We will be giving them away to Limestone County residents at the Home and Garden Show. When we learn what variety of seedlings will be coming our way, we will share that information.
KALB has been asked to participate in the Kids Area again this year. From Noon to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, we will be helping children plant seeds to take home, care for, and watch grow. There might also be a visit from Sparky, our mascot!

Elk River Canoe & Kayak Trail Cleanup – April 2nd
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has agreed to sponsor our cleanup again this year! That means the group competition for cash prizes of $250, $150, and $100 is ON! We have made an important change for this year. The group weights will be divided by the number of group members participating, and that number will be used to determine the winners. This will allow small groups an even playing field with larger groups to compete for the prizes.

Registration is open. You will find the event on the Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful Facebook page. Information and links to documents can be found at www.KALBCares.com under the Event tab.
Earth Day & Outdoor EXPO – April 30th

This will be our 8th Earth Day event, and we are so proud of how it has grown and how the community has embraced it as a “must see” event!

KALB has been invited to use the grounds of Friendship Church on Lucas Ferry Rd. in Athens. We are grateful and excited about this because the large property will allow us to expand our activities! We will also have the buildings available for “inside” activities and in case of inclement weather, which means no more scrambling for a rain location.

The Alabama Wildlife Center, a champion of birds since 1977, will be joining us this year for the first time, bringing with them a variety of raptors. AWC rescues, rehabilitates, and returns to the wild Alabama’s injured and orphaned native birds. As experts, they will provide great information on the proper steps to take if you should find an injured bird. The Tennessee Valley Zoo will be returning to this year’s event. Everyone had a great time petting, feeding, and learning about the variety of animals they brought with them.

The Earth Day planning team has many more possibilities in the works, so stay tuned!

Our sponsors are crucial to making this the most successful event it can be. Exhibitors are also invited to register for a space. All exhibitors must have an environmental education piece to their display, have earth-friendly products or services to share, information on healthy living, or have information on outdoor activities in the North Alabama area. If you would like more information on sponsorship opportunities or exhibitor spaces, please contact us or visit our website.
By: Lynne Hart

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1-8-2016 9-59-05 AMWhen you hear the words “nature” or “outdoors,” what does that mean to you?

When I was a child, I lived upstairs from my grandparents in a double house in Cleveland, Ohio. The section of yard with grass was about the size of a postage stamp, and the rest consisted of driveway. I spent many hours of play outside with friends climbing the tree that grew in an empty lot down the road, playing kickball in the street, or riding bikes. There were small playgrounds nearby, but we could drive for miles and miles, seeing nothing but concrete and patches of grass.

It was a great treat when my family went to the Metro Parks for a picnic. The Cleveland Metro Parks System consists of 18 park reservations spanning 23,000+ acres which form a “necklace” around the City of Cleveland. It is referred to as the “Emerald Necklace.” Thank goodness for the Metro Parks, where we could breathe in the beauty of nature.

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Moving to Athens gave my husband and me a chance to experience living outside of a big city. We built a home in West Limestone on 7 acres. I enjoyed watching the birds come to our feeders and logged each new species I saw. When my granddaughters visited, we would sit at the window and search the bird books together. It was exciting to see the deer play or watch the turkeys make their way across our property. I was truly a city girl in awe of having nature visit my back yard.

I am grateful for the forward thinking people who reserved land around Cleveland for those of us living in the “concrete jungle.” Here in Limestone County, I am grateful to those who have worked so hard and continue their efforts to create the “Rails to Trails” and the walking trail in Athens, as well as the Mayor’s appreciation of green space in future planning. As Athens, Madison, and Huntsville continue to grow toward each other, we run the risk of losing easy access to the wonders of nature.

The loss of land to “progress” also means wildlife find the space they share to be crowded and move into populated areas to find food and shelter.

So what can we as individuals do? First, let’s make sure our children turn off the electronics and go outside. Fresh air and sunshine are good for the body and soul. An appreciation for nature must be nurtured. Let’s take time to go on nature hikes or stroll on local trails to refresh ourselves and remember why we need to care about our environment. As you walk, stop to inspect the plant life, search for insects, talk to your children and grandchildren about the miracle of a tree, the importance of bees and bats to crop production, or how we rely on our Elk River for our drinking water.

The following quotes were from papers written by a class of 8-year-olds when they were asked “What is a Grandparent” and published anonymously. I found the following three to be so telling.

• “When they take us for walks, they slow down past things like pretty leaves and caterpillars.”
• “They show us and talk to us about the colors of the flowers and also why we shouldn’t step on cracks.”
• “They don’t say, ‘Hurry up.'”

Don’t deny your children the precious gift of time spent outside together.

At home, you can create gardens that provide the native plants that welcome birds, bees, butterflies, and bunnies. Native plants are “built” for the area and require less care than non-native plants. There is a great deal of information on the internet regarding what is native to this area and the wildlife they will attract. One of the local nurseries would also be a great resource.
So much of nature is in the hands of the human race. As individuals, we can’t fix it all. We can, however, teach upcoming generations of children how it all ties together, how every creature on this planet (big, small, and microscopic) rely on one another. Maybe along the way we will awaken our own love of nature and concern for the environment.

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Here are a few websites that have great information on outdoor activities:
Parks and Recreation in Limestone County (includes the Elk River Canoe & Kayak Trail and Rails to Trails): http://www.limestoneparks.com/
Alabama State Parks: http://alapark.com/
Land Trust of North Alabama: http://www.landtrustnal.org/
By: Lynne Hart

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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