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Letters to the Editor

March 31, 2013

Letters to the Editor 3/31/13



Gary Wilson


Thanks for support

Dear Editor:

On Friday, March 22, 2013, 1,002 Limestone County, Athens City, Athens Bible School, & LLCA fourth-graders traveled to Athens State University for the 15th Annual Groundwater Festival.  This year’s theme, “Peace, Love, & Clean Drinking Water” set the perfect tone for the students to learn about water resources and conservation through various hands-on activities.  Steve Trash was also on-hand to entertain students and teachers alike with his “green” magic show.

Many people were involved with organizing this event.  We would like to express our thanks to the following: Athens State University, for the use of their facility; Tena Bullington, Tina Hicks, Mary Harris and her students for being involved in the classroom activities,  and Dwight Lovell and his support staff ; Groundwater Festival Committee Leads — Brenda Wigginton, Ashley Wallace, Candace Powers, Rachel Haraway, Bryan Smith, Tammy Smith, Brent Brown, Matt Wilson, Dickey Kennedy & Byron Cook; Sissy Brown for photography; Rob Cook-H2O Man; LCWSA employees for teaching the classes and all those who volunteered as teachers, tour guides, runners, and helpers for the festival.  Your time and effort is much appreciated.

Finally, we would like to extend a special thanks to our sponsors without whom this event would not be possible.  The Groundwater Festival is provided free of charge to all students and it is our sponsors that continue to make this possible.  This year’s sponsors were ADEM, AMRV, Limestone County Soil and Water Conservation District, Mike Cole-Wilmer & Lee, P.A., Limestone County Water & Sewer Authority, Hethcoat & Davis, ALFA-Limestone County Farmers Federation, Athens State University, CDPA, P.C., Limestone Cattlemen’s Association, Helena Chemicals, Trigreen Equipment, Limestone County CO-OP, 1st South Farm Credit, Alabama Farm Credit, Eagle Wholesale, A & L Vault, H & R Agri Power, Inc., 1st National Bank, H & D Supply, Sanders Agriculture, Thornton Farish Inc., Investment Bankers, Sundry Printing, Greenbriar Restaurant, Chick-fil-A, Pepsi, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Quiznos and Krystals.

We hope to continue making the festival a fun and educational event for our county’s children for many years to come. Again, thank you to all those who were involved in making the festival a success.  If you are interested in learning more about the Groundwater Festival or becoming a sponsor please email or ‘like’ us on Facebook under the Limestone County Groundwater Festival.


Greg Holland, coordinator

Limestone County Groundwater Festival

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