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Helen, White County to be honored for promoting Appalachian Trail
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The area of Helen and White County recently was named an Appalachian Trail Community, a designation that honors the community for promoting the trail that stretches from North Georgia to Maine.The community program was begun in 2010 by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, a nonprofit tasked with managing the trail. There will be a ceremony at 11 a.m. Nov. 30 at the Bandshell Amphitheater 100 feet north of the Chattahoochee River near Ga. 17/75 in downtown Helen.“White County town officials, residents and businesses are all excited about the Appalachian Trail designation, and this new partnership with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy,” said Steve Gibson, committee chairman of the Appalachian Trail Community Committee and manager of Habersham Winery. “We look forward to promoting the trail and recreational opportunities to local residents and visitors alike.”The ceremony will feature Charles Aiken, a through-hiker and longtime volunteer with the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club, singing the national anthem.