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Progress 2012

March 7, 2012

Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful focused on educating residents


Beautification projects

The Athens-Limestone Beautification Board has been very busy over the years as well.

This group is responsible for the flowerpots and wrought iron benches you enjoy around the Square. 

They have also done much to beautify city-owned cemeteries, including extensive improvements at Roselawn Cemetery. This cemetery was practically barren of trees and shrubs 10 years ago.  Now there are beautiful entrances and trees lining the area that bring beauty and color to our seasons.

This board has also maintained the landscaped areas around each Welcome to Athens sign leading into the city. Recently new signs have been erected. Once the landscaping is complete, the Beautification Board will once again maintain these areas.


KALB has been instrumental in educating this community on environmental issues for many years. Change takes time, but great progress has been made. We can see it in our students, we can see it in our city leaders, and we can see it in volunteerism and participation in programs and projects.

KALB will continue our efforts and, with your help, this list of accomplishments will grow even longer:

• Received President's Circle Recognition Award from Keep America Beautiful

• Adopt-A-Spot Program — 13 groups and four individuals

• Clean and Green Events

• Earth Day Celebration

• Litter and Recycling Education

• Great American Cleanup

• Elk River Canoe and Kayak Trail Cleanup

• Processed 2,400 tons of materials through recycling center (400,000 pounds a month)

• Received an ADEM grant to purchase four new balers for our Recycling Center

• Received a grant to purchase 29 ash receptacles for our parks and trails

• 180 percent increase in school recycling after providing a recycling bin to every classroom

• Business office paper collection (free service) — 101 businesses participate

• Business cardboard collection (free service) — 172 businesses participate

• 15 county recycling trailers services

• Cemetery beautification

• Athens City Cemetery headstone repair (in collaboration with the city of Athens)

• Beautification of Old City Cemetery (work in progress)

• Downtown beautification

• Welcome to Athens sign landscape maintenance

• Raised $500 to purchase bike racks for the Square to encourage cycling

• Triangle beautification — Clinton Street/U.S. 72

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