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All call to 'Keep Emanuel Beautiful’

By Deanna Ryan

Over the past month, Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Swainsboro started renovations and its focus on improving its building and property has drawn large crowds of parishioners, while its Cultural Food Festival drew other community members. Even though the renovations are not yet complete, the sense of a community taking pride in working together has been palpable.

In other areas of Emanuel County, this same sense of pride can be felt - a full-swing fall festival, a reading program that’s raised over $10,000 to send out new books to county children have happened recently among others events. Yet when it comes to keeping Emanuel clean, there are areas that remain in need of care.

The main organization trying to take care of areas that need extra TLC is Keep Emanuel Beautiful (KEB). The goal of KEB is to promote liter prevention, recycling, and beautifying all of Emanuel County. Although volunteer and educational groups like KEB can do nothing about privately-owned blighted properties, these groups can help with roadsides and public trash removal, education and recycling.

KEB is inviting all community, education and civic group members from Oak Park to Summertown to this Thursday’s meeting on November 3rd, at 5:30 p.m. in the County Commissioners meeting room, downtown Swainsboro. The goal of the meeting is to decide the best organizational structure (volunteer or non-profit), recruit additional members, and decide on upcoming projects. If you have any questions, call 478-763-3631.

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