Attachment: Agenda for Arbor Day Celebration

Gainesville, GA – January 30, 2008: The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce Annual Arbor Day Celebration is Friday, February 15 at 10 a.m. at the Northeast Georgia History Center at Brenau University, 322 Academy Street in Gainesville.

Arbor Day 2008 festivities include a joint Proclamation from the City of Gainesville and Hall County presented along with recognition of Gainesville’s status as a Tree City USA. Tree City USA recognizes towns and cities across the United States that meet standards designed to promote and manage urban forests. Gainesville has been recognized as a Tree City USA for 21 consecutive years.

Awards will be presented to owners and nominators of area Champion Trees by the Georgia Forestry Commission. Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Kit Dunlap will make a presentation on the Chamber’s new Centennial Legacy, a comprehensive, long-term gateway improvement initiative for our community. Also on the agenda is the unveiling of the Urban and Community Forestry Management Plan for Gainesville/Hall County, a joint effort of the Greater Hall Chamber and Keep Hall Beautiful.

An art contest was open to all 5th graders in elementary schools in the Gainesville and Hall County. Students from 12 schools participated in the “Trees are Terrific, Inside and Out” contest. Winners of the 2008 Arbor Day Art Contest include Laila Hasnain, Mt. Vernon Elementary School (First Place) and runners up Javy Euyoque, Dean Myers Elementary School, and Oscar Contreras, McEver Elementary School. Cash prizes were donated by Keep Hall Beautiful and Georgia Power Company, and awards will be given during event. The three area winners along with school-selected winners will be forwarded to the National Arbor Association for a national contest.

Refreshments will be served and seedlings will be available from the Georgia Forestry Commission. Details: Robin Halstead, Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, 770-532-6206. Email:

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