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Ask The Times: Why didn't Christmas on Green Street have high school bands?
'Cancellations' led to no high school bands in parade
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If you’ve been wondering about something in your community, Ask The Times is your place to get answers. The following questions were submitted by a reader and answered through the efforts of our news staff.

Why weren’t there any high school bands in the Christmas on Green Street parade?

The Hall County Historical Society said in an email two bands were scheduled for the parade and “backed out at the last minute due to conflicts.”

When the group sought to find replacements, the other school bands that were contacted had committed to Saturday performances and couldn’t commit to a Sunday performance, as well.

The Hall County Historical Society said it plans to pay for a professional band next year and “hopefully won’t run into cancellations.”

Efforts by The Times to determine which bands were originally scheduled to play were unsuccessful.

Has the Atlanta Botanical Garden (Gainesville location) been killing our neighborhood deer? Many of us in the neighborhoods next to the garden have enjoyed the deer, originally stocked here by Charles Smithgall, for many years, but now they are almost all gone.

“We are not killing deer,” said garden Director Mildred Fockele. “We are fencing them out.”

She said there is fencing around 80-90 acres of the 185-acre property and its two nurseries, which “prevents the deer from eating our valuable collections.”

She noted that still gives the deer roughly 100 acres to roam on the garden’s property.

Fockele said construction, which there was a great deal of surrounding the opening of the garden, can affect deer’s “established travel patterns.”

“It changes the patterns of the way deer move through the woods,” Fockele said.

Added Fockele: “I live on the other side of the property. I see deer every day.”

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