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KCCB Director and Crystal Springs Mayor give Floral Club program on litter control

Crystal Springs Mayor Sally Garland, left, and Nora Berch, right, Executive Director of Keep Copiah County Beautiful were guest speakers at the Nov. 14 meeting of Crystal Springs Floral Club in the home of Sue Freeman in Gallman. Mayor Garland is President of the Keep Copiah County Beautiful board. They are shown with Ann Lisk, center, Floral Club vice president.

The November 14 meeting of the Crystal Springs Floral Club was held in the home of Sue Freeman in Gallman. Barbara Gaddy assisted Freeman as hostess. Guests were Lovely Reckley, Crystal Springs Mayor Sally Garland, and Nora Berch, Executive Director of Keep Copiah County Beautiful (KCCB). Berch and Mayor Garland presented a program on Conservation. Mayor Garland opened the club meeting with prayer. Berch provided a brief history of KCCB. It was started 20 years ago by Marie Watts, a member of the Crystal Springs Floral Club, now deceased. Berch joined the organization in its early stages. It was initially under the Copiah County Economic Development District, but was later moved under the authority of the Copiah County Board of Supervisors which provides funding for the organization. It was noted that Crystal Springs has been very successful with its recycling program Mayor Garland reminded the club members that those who live outside the Crystal Springs city limits can still participate in recycling by using the large bin located on Harmony Road by the Public Works Building. Berch and Mayor Garland provided an update on the planting of wildflowers in and around Crystal Springs. The wildflower beds at the intersection of Highways 51 and 27 will be reclaimed and replanted. Berch said that KCCB has wildflower seeds available for groups, organizations, and individuals who would like to participate in that program. She encourages anyone to contact her with information on potential sites. Mayor Garland said that new flower beds are planned for the area in between the First Baptist Church parking lot and the railroad tracks to help beautify the downtown area. Beautification by planting trees, shrubs, and flowers to improve the beauty of the communities is a major emphasis of KCCB. Research has shown that trees and other landscaping increase property value and attract better businesses and in turn the communities become better places to live, work, and play. Berch also detailed that KCCB helps with an educational program in county schools. Programs have been presented that encourage students to help end littering, improve recycling, and beautify their communities. One of the area garden clubs has partnered with KCCB to provide a gardening program that involves 70 children in the Wesson schools. Berch stated that KCCB is now working with the Copiah County Airport on an upgrade to beautify the outside of the buildings. This, in turn, will provide a first-hand better impression of Copiah County to those who use the airport services. She stated that she and Mayor Garland will be attending the upcoming national meeting of Keep America Beautiful in Memphis where Copiah County will be awarded a President’s Award for its various efforts in litter prevention, recycling, and beautification projects. Floral Club Vice President Ann Lisk conducted a business meeting following the conservation program. Mary Lou Barlow said that J. T. Biggs, Jr. Memorial Library had asked the Floral Club for assistance in decorating the library for Christmas. Club members agreed to help. Members Linda Milner, Ann Lisk, Linda Tillman, and Sue Freeman will provide silk poinsettias. Barbara Gaddy, Kitty Hensarling, and Mary Lou Barlow agreed to make decorations using gingerbread tins and candy canes. The Floral Club will have their annual Christmas Luncheon Dec. 12 at 1 p.m. at Rolling Hills Country Club. The Good News Singers of Crystal Springs United Methodist Church will present a program of Christmas music.

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