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A day for the trees
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In observance of Arbor Day in Georgia, the Gainesville-Hall Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee and the Northeast Georgia History Center will join forces for an Arbor Day celebration.

The event is set for 10 a.m. Friday in the Northeast Georgia History Center’s Sports Hall of Fame.

The Tree City Award will be presented to Gainesville for the 21st time by chief Forest Ranger Doug Andrews. Also speaking will be Denise Deal, the Chamber’s executive director of Vision 2030, Mayor Myrtle Figueras and Hall County chairman Tom Oliver.

Champion tree winners will be recognized and Rick Foote, natural resources coordinator for the Hall County Public Works Department, will report on the Urban and Community Forestry Grant plan.

Connie Propes, tree chairwoman for the chamber’s Beautification Committee, will recognize the winners of the Trees are Terrific, Inside and Out poster contest. Kit Dunlap, the chief operating officer of the chamber, will present a plan for the Centennial Project.

Redbud and/or Dogwood tree seedlings will be available from the Georgia Forestry Commission for those who attend.

The Northeast Georgia History Center is located at 322 Academy St. in Gainesville. The event is open to the public. For more information, contact Robin Halstead at 770-532-6206.