The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

March 14, 2013

Athens gets green for St. Patrick's Day

From staff reports
The News Courier

— The city of Athens will put on the green Sunday for St. Patrick’s Day.

The green attire will come in the form of foliage from new trees designed to beautify a main city corridor and improve the look of the Limestone County Schools Central Office.

Volunteers from Athens Rotary Club, with the help of the city’s Street Department and Planning Department, are going to plant 60 trees Sunday along Jefferson Street as part of Rotary’s Athens Re-Leaf Program.

“We’re excited about this, and it is not something we’re going to end with,” said Rotary member Doug Gates. “We hope this is just the beginning and we hope other (groups) will do the same.”

Various species of trees and shrubs will be planted between Green and Forrest streets, including “October Glory” red maples, oaks, dogwoods and redbuds along with “Nellie Stevens” hollies, “Natchez” (white) crepe myrtles and “Little Gem” magnolias.