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

7-17-2015 1-00-09 PMEvery week, KALB and our Recycling Center receive phone calls asking how to dispose of leftover paint. Because this is a continuing problem, we are sharing the following information with our readers again.

Some Paint is Hazardous…Some is Not

If any of the following conditions exist, your paint is hazardous and cannot be placed in your trash under any conditions. It must be disposed of at a proper household hazardous waste collection:
• the paint is oil based
• the paint is listed as mildew resistant or a preservative
• the paint is more than 20 years old (it may contain lead)

Many people are surprised to learn that latex or water-based paint is not considered a hazardous waste. Even though it is not considered a hazardous waste, it must never be placed in trash cans in liquid form. Liquid paint can cause a great deal of damage to trash trucks and can make a mess of our roads.

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7-17-2015 1-00-42 PMIf you are interested in having a household hazardous waste (HHW) collection for Athens-Limestone County residents, please contact your City Councilman or County Commissioner and make your concerns known. HHW includes automobile fluids, pesticides, garden chemicals, and more.

How to Dispose of Latex Paint:

First, never pour paint down a drain. It can be harmful to your pipes and is not good for the water supply. It is also harmful to pour paint onto the ground. Here are safe ways to get rid of leftover latex paint.

Use it up or donate it: Mix light colors together and use as primer on your next paint job or offer it to someone else with a painting project. If you have full or nearly full cans of usable paint, check with the Habitat for Humanity ReStore to see if they will accept it for resale. When storing paint for future projects, tightly seal the can and store upside down in a cool, dry storage area away from children and pets.

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Dry it up: Once latex paint is dry, it is no longer a danger to trash trucks or roadways. Cans that are ¼ full or less can be placed in a safe location with lids off and allowed to dry. Once the paint is completely dry, you can place the can in with recycling. If you have larger amounts of paint, line a cardboard box with a trash bag and place it in a safe location away from children or pets. Pour paint into the box and add a drying agent such as kitty litter, sand, or shredded paper. You may also purchase waste paint hardener which works quickly and easily. Once the paint is completely dry, you can place the trash bag with dry paint into your trash container. You may then recycle the cardboard box and paint can.

We’d love to hear from you if you have additional questions or concerns. If we don’t have the answer, then we will learn together!
By: Lynne Hart

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7-3-2015 3-18-22 PMIt has been two years since the Community Garden grant was received from Lowe’s through Keep America Beautiful. The gardens were created in an effort to grow fresh produce for Limestone County Churches Involved to give out through their food pantry.

Three raised beds were built, hugelkultur beds were created, the gazebo and garden shed were constructed, trees planted, and t-posts installed in preparation for planting pole beans. The raised beds and hugelkultur beds have been weeded, the soil prepared, and vegetables planted.

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So now we just sit and wait to harvest vegetables, right? We wish it could be that simple! There is mulching and watering and weeding to be done! We also have a gazebo waiting to be stained.

With the help of students and parents participating in the Truancy Intervention Program (TIP) designed to combat school tardiness, absenteeism and drop-out rates, we are well on our way to getting these tasks handled.

This program is a collaboration between the Limestone County Juvenile Court and Athens State University. TIP works as a liaison between these students, their parents, school officials, truancy officers, the court, and community organizations. As part of this program, Athens State University Criminal Justice Professor Quanda Stevenson contacted KALB to ask if we would be willing to work with these students on a community service project that would also be a learning experience. The answer was yes and we knew exactly what the project would be.

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The students and their parents have been working at the community garden one afternoon per week and will continue to do so through the month of July. This has been a tremendous help to the community garden committee and it seems it has already been beneficial to the students.

On a recent Tuesday afternoon, Mr. John Cotten and Mr. Doug Harbin guided volunteers in cutting boards and putting together raised beds at the base of T-posts that will be used to grow pole beans. That project will be completed with students doing the work as they hone their skills. Students will also fill the beds with soil, cardboard, and mulch, as well as plant the beans, and watch them grow.

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Mr. Cotten designed a sprinkler system for the raised beds which will make watering the gardens easier. TIP students helped put the system together and were there to watch it being tested and tweaked.

The most pleasant surprise is the hard working attitudes of these young people. On the hottest day of the year with a heat index over 100 degrees, some students refused to leave at the end of their scheduled time because they wanted to finish the jobs they’d started. It has been good to witness this work ethic and we have certainly let them know how much their hard work is appreciated!

We have had incidents of produce being picked by people who are not associated with this project or the LCCI Food Pantry. We are striving to make the public aware that this is not a u-pick garden, but a garden created from the sweat and elbow grease of people who care about neighbors who cannot afford fresh produce due to their current circumstances.

If you would like to help with the community garden project, contact KALB at 256-233-8000. If you are in need of the services of LCCI’s food pantry, please call 256-262-0671.
By: Lynne Hart

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6-18-2015 2-50-16 PMRecently, a story appeared in a local newspaper about bats in Limestone County testing positive for a disease called white-nose syndrome, which can be devastating to bat populations. We have also heard for some time now that our bee populations are declining. According to the Ecological Society of America (ESA), the wild honeybee populations have dropped 25% since 1990. A loss of pollinators and insect eaters will result in higher food costs and increased use of insecticides in agriculture. It is a problem that will affect everyone.

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BATS
Bats are very misunderstood and extremely important to our natural world. There are 16 species of bats in Alabama, all of which are insect-eating mammals. According to the Alabama Bat Working Group, one small colony of 150 bats can eat up to 33 million crop pests in a single summer. I would hate to think of the amount of pesticides needed if not for the bats!

Of course, bats don’t just fly over farmland. They also eat mosquitoes and other insects in our own back yards. One bat can eat 36,000 insects in a month! That is a lot of insects that won’t be bugging you and me!

According to the Alabama Bat Working Group website, bats are gentle and won’t attack you. They are not interested in getting tangled in your hair, and they won’t suck your blood! They just want to fill their bellies and go home to take a nap. If a bat flies close to you, it is most likely targeting insects that are flying near you. Although bats can carry rabies, the incidence of infected bats is low. It is still recommended that you do not handle bats, especially if they are found on the ground.

Bats have very few predators. It is humans that are the biggest factor in the decline in bat populations. Factors such as destruction of habitats, direct killing, vandalism, disturbance of hibernating colonies, and use of pesticides and other chemicals all affect bat population. Remember, they eat the bugs we spray with poisons.

Another huge problem facing bats is white-nose syndrome, a fungus that grows in the caves in which bats hibernate. The following is a link to a video that explains white-nose syndrome and attempts being made to contain the spread of the fungus to other bat caves. It is sad to learn that Limestone County has now seen evidence of this disease.

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BEES
Just like bats, many people fear bees and kill them when they can. We must remember that honeybees are our most important pollinators. These bees help pollinate more than 150 different crops in the United Stated. Just about every fruit, vegetable, and grain must be pollinated in order to produce a crop.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lists more than 50 pollinator species as threatened or endangered. Honeybees are on that list. One of the greatest mysteries is Colony Collapse Disorder which, according to the USDA, is defined as a colony with no adult bees and no bodies, and a live queen, honey, and immature bees present. A scientific cause has yet to be proven.

The collapse of our honeybee colonies and bat populations is a serious threat to food production. Increased need for insecticides due to lack of bats and a need to use managed honeybees for pollination due to a lack of native pollinators will increase costs significantly. The negative impact of increased use of insecticides would take a separate article to discuss.

How Can You Help?
• Plant a variety of native flowering plants which are inviting to pollinators. Encourage the use of native flowers in area landscaping.
• Use as few pesticides as possible in and around your home, and seek those that are the least harmful to the environment.
• Help local clubs or school groups build butterfly gardens, bat houses, and bee boxes.
• Educate yourself on these topics. Get in touch with and support local organizations working toward solving these problems.

For more information, visit:
Alabama Bat Working Group Facebook Page.
Ecological Society of America: www.esa.org
Agriculture Research Service, USDA: www.ars.usda.gov

“Predicting the effects of the loss of a particular pollinator is extremely difficult, but it is important to remember that no species exists in isolation. Each is part of an ecological web, and as we lose more and more pieces of that web, the remaining structure must eventually collapse.”
Carol A. Kearns and David Inouye
By: Lynne Hart

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6-6-2015 11-02-52 AMThe Adopt-A-Spot program is a great way for groups and individuals to serve the community while raising funds to do even more good through their own organization. This program has been in existence for several years now with volunteers adopting spots for a period of one year or continuing on for several years.

Boy Scout Troop #24 adopted Lucas Ferry Rd. from Market St. to Hwy. 72 when the program first began in 2010 and has continued to take care of this area faithfully ever since. The troop leadership keeps track of which boys participate, then earmarks a prorated amount that those boys can use toward scouting activities.

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We also have an individual who has adopted two areas. Since reward money must go to a local organization, Mr. Barry Phillips has designated the new library to receive funds from one adopted area, and KALB to receive the funds from the second area.

How It Works:
KALB will supply safety vests, trash bags, and litter grabbers to any group or individual willing to clean a designated area once per month. After each cleanup, a simple online report must be completed so KALB can keep up with the group’s activities. It will also allow us to make arrangements for filled trash bags and large items to be picked up. These volunteers also scan the area for properties that do not meet city ordinances with regard to tall grass, weeds, trash, or junk vehicles.
After each 3rd cleanup (no more than once per quarter), a reward check is sent to the adopting organization or local charity of choice. These funds can then be used to further the good works of the receiving organization.

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How to Get Involved:
If you are interested in getting involved in this program, the first step is to let KALB know. We will then send you a packet of information which includes the guidelines of the program and the necessary paperwork to register a group or individual.

If, after reading through the materials, you decide to adopt an area, KALB staff will discuss with you those available for adoption.
Why is a Clean Community Important?

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, community cleanups show that the people who use an area care about its appearance. When a neighborhood is clean, well lighted, and used often by residents, crime is less likely to occur. Eliminating trash, debris, and tall weeds from an area will help make a location less attractive to criminals and more attractive to the community, according to the USDJ.

Clean communities also help attract new business to the area. We have been told many times what a positive impact clean roadsides and attractive green spaces have on those visiting our area to “check us out”.

If you would like more information on the Adopt-A-Spot program, please give us a call or send us an email. Let’s talk!
By: Lynne Hart

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