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Don't miss the 2015 Milton Earth Day Festival

Don't miss the 2015 Milton Earth Day Festival

MILTON, Ga. -- Get ready to celebrate our planet and the many fun things we can do to keep it healthy, because on Saturday, April 18, the City of Milton and Milton Grows Green are proud to the present the 2015 Milton Earth Day Festival.

Now in its sixth year, this Earth Day Festival is shaping up to be the best ever! Held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in beautiful Crabapple at Friendship Community Park (12785 Birmingham Highway), this year's festival features food, family friendly entertainment, environmental vendors, and much more. Parking is available at Crabapple First Baptist Church and Crabapple Crossing Elementary. 

Thanks to returning presenting sponsor Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Milton Grows Green is able to bring a wide variety of activities educational exhibits and environmentally friendly products and services to the community, including:

Rivers Alive cleanup set for Saturday

Rivers Alive cleanup set for Saturday

MILTON, Ga. -- On Saturday, Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Milton's annual "Rivers Alive" waterways cleanup, education and protection program will be held at locations across the city.

The Milton Grows Green Committee (MGG) is co-sponsoring the event with Bailey Farm & Gardens, Inc., which has been involved with the project for 17 years. Rivers Alive 2014 will kick off from its traditional location at Bailey Farm & Gardens, 255 Hickory Flat Road, one mile west of the Birmingham Crossroads.

Volunteers will gather at 9 a.m., then clean up identified streams, roadways and school sites to help keep our city and waterways pure and beautiful. Everyone, regardless of age, is welcome.

Depending on age and capabilities, volunteers will be assigned to predetermined local waterways to remove debris deposited from upstream and left by passers-by. Waders and boots will be a plus for those who want to get in the river.

Milton to host Bulky Trash Amnesty Day

Milton to host Bulky Trash Amnesty Day

MILTON, Ga. -- It's that time of year again. The City of Milton is giving residents a chance to get rid of some of their large trash items for free.

On Saturday, Sept. 13 from 8 a.m. to noon, the City of Roswell Public Works Division will collect bulky trash from Milton and Roswell residents. Proof of residency is required to participate; utility bills are preferred.

Accepted items include furniture; refrigerators; washers and dryers; televisions; deactivated cell phones; computer equipment; mattresses and box springs; grills; and lawnmowers.

Organizers will not be able to take paint, fluids, batteries, construction materials or yard waste.

The Roswell Public Works Division is located at 1810 Hembree Road.

Troop 3000 holds shredding day March 15

Troop 3000 holds shredding day March 15

MILTON, Ga. -- Time to clean out that home office, because Boy Scout Troop 3000 of Birmingham United Methodist Church will hold a Community Recycling and Shredding Day Saturday, March 15.

This event, a partnership with Milton Grows Green, will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Troop's meeting place in front of the church, 15570 Birmingham Highway.

Materials accepted at no charge:

* Computers
* Keyboards
* Monitors (non-CRT only)
* Appliances
* Outdoor grills
* Lawn mowers
* Scrap metal
* Cell phones

Materials accepted with a charge:

* Televisions ($15)
* CRT monitors ($10)
* Shredding ($5 per box)

Materials not accepted:

* Paint
* Hazardous materials
* Yard waste
* Non-electronic or metal items

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has brought back its Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest for 2014.

This year's theme is Plug into Nature, emphasizing the importance of experiencing wildlife and plants firsthand.

All Georgia students in grades kindergarten through 5 are invited to enter the contest. The top 12 winners' posters will be displayed on the DNR's Flickr site and at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry during the first two weeks in May.

Contest entries are due Apr. 16. Three winners will be picked in four categories (kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-4, grade 5).

Visit georgiawildlife.com for more information about the contest.

Registration open for paint & chemical collection event

Registration open for paint & chemical collection event

Milton named 'Outstanding' by Urban Forest Council

Milton named 'Outstanding' by Urban Forest Council

MILTON, Ga. -- At its 23rd Annual Awards Ceremony in October, the Georgia Urban Forest Council gave the City of Milton the "Outstanding Community Grand Award" for its work in adopting a Tree Inventory, Assessment and Management Plan in late 2012.

With the award the Urban Forest Council, a nonprofit organization dedicated to sustaining Georgia's green legacy by helping communities grow healthy trees, highlighted Milton's efforts to maintain and protect its natural and forested areas.

"This is a great honor and a fantastic payoff for our hours of hard work aimed at keeping Milton green and beautiful," said Principal Planner Michele McIntosh-Ross, who worked on the plan with City Arborist Mark Law and consultants from the Davey Resource Group.