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Milton just shy of Community Wildlife Habitat status

Milton just shy of Community Wildlife Habitat status

MILTON, Ga. -- Cambridge High School junior and Girl Scout Sarah Ellison wants you to know the City of Milton is close to being certified as a National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Habitat Community - and she needs your help.

In order to attain her Gold Award - equivalent to the Boy Scout Eagle project - Ellison has taken over Milton's year-long effort to attain "Community Wildlife Habitat" status.

She and Milton volunteers are launching a contest where any yard registered with the NWF before July 20 will be entered into a drawing for a $100 cast-metal sign signifying the certification. An additional sign contest will be held for local businesses, places of worship and homeowners' associations (HOA) that certify common areas.

Registration is simple and online at www.nwf.org/garden.

Preparedness Key to Safety During Hurricane Season

Preparedness Key to Safety During Hurricane Season

Imagine a hurricane making landfall on Georgia’s coastline, with winds 150 mph or greater causing terrible damage.  The tropical cyclone spawns several tornadoes as it moves inland and heavy rains cause major flooding.  High winds also persist resulting in uprooted trees and down power lines.

Bulky Trash Amnesty Day Saturday, June 8

Bulky Trash Amnesty Day Saturday, June 8

MILTON, Ga. -- The City of Milton Public Works Department and Milton Grows Green are offering residents a bulky trash amnesty day Saturday, June 8, so gather your large items for disposal.

From 8 a.m. to noon, residents of Milton can bring items to the City of Roswell Public Works Division at 1810 Hembree Road in Roswell. Only City of Milton and Roswell residents will be served. Proof of residency will be required, and utility bills are preferred.

New this year is shoe recycling. Bring your gently-worn shoes for a recycling and reuse program to help fund Milton's Community Wildlife Habitat Project.

GEMA: Georgians should prepare as hurricane season hurries in

GEMA: Georgians should prepare as hurricane season hurries in

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Emergency Management Agency stresses the importance of safety just before Hurricane Preparedness Week hits. 

During the week, May 26 - June 1, education will be offered to all residents through Georgia who plan to camp outdoors, throw cookouts and spend time at the lakes or in the backyard. Severe weather can make its way here anytime, a Ready Georgia spokeswoman said, which puts Georgians at risk statewide.

Don't miss the 2013 Milton Earth Day Festival

Don't miss the 2013 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 20, the City of Milton and Milton Grows Green are proud to the present the 2013 Milton Earth Day Festival.

Now in its fourth 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, this year's festival features food, family friendly entertainment, environmental vendors, and much more. Parking is available at Crabapple First Baptist Church.

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

Food vendors

Fulton County Cooperative Extension offers assistance to homeowners concerned about radon

Fulton County Cooperative Extension offers assistance to homeowners concerned about radon

ATLANTA -- According to the University of Georgia College of Family & Consumer Sciences, although radon is present throughout the environment, when high levels of radon enter a home or building, people are exposed to more of its radiation and their risk of cancer increases. Such a situation can easily be discovered and corrected.  Fulton County Cooperative Extension offers assistance to concerned homeowners to identify potential harm from the dangerous radioactive gas.

“Radon is colorless, odorless and tasteless,” states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “A radon test is the only way to find out how much radon is in your home.”

Two cities earn Green Communities certification

Two cities earn Green Communities certification

ATLANTA -- Douglasville and Milton have joined Kennesaw and Gwinnett County as Georgia jurisdictions what have earned Green Communities certification.

According to the Atlanta Regional Commission, the communities were certified based on their leadership in implementing policies and practices that contribute to efficient and sustainable use of resources in metro Atlanta.

The certification was presented in a board meeting on Wednesday, the ARC reported. Since the program began four years ago, 18 jurisdictions have been certified.