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Page 2C March 7, 2018 R orter By Diane Glidewell bers is not limited, and Shannon asked anyone interested in becoming a Mayor Eric Wilson pro- part of the Tree Board to claimed Friday, Feb. 16 contact him. as Arbor Day in Forsyth. The Tree Board gave Arbor Day, which began out seedlings at Monroe in 1872 with the planting County's United Bank of more than a million and Persons Banking trees in Nebraska, is now Company during the observed throughout the morning hours of Feb. world and celebrates the 16. This year the selec- many environmental, tion was white dogwoods economic and aesthetic and tupelo gums. The benefits of trees. States dogwoods, a well-known generally set the date for species that needs no Arbor Day by the best explanation, were large, time to plant trees in healthy specimens. The their climate zones, tupelo gum is a medium- Forsyth celebrated its sized deciduous tree 7th year as a Tree City native to eastern North by meeting criteria set America, which is known by the Georgia Forestry by a number of common Commission. One of names, including black the criteria is having gum and sour gum. It an active Tree Board. provides fall color of Forsyth's Tree Board various hues of yellow is chaired by Ricky orange, bright red and Shannon; other members purple, is a favorite with are Michael G]isson, Alan beekeepers, producing Baswell, Ron Shipman, light, mild tasting honey, Nancy Brunson, Lamar and its fruit is a fall food Russell, Chris Hewett source for many birds and Bill Waldrep. The and wildlife. number of board mem- Shannon and Baswell Melanie Wilson, right, and grandson, Wilson, get a dogwood tree from Forsyth tree board member Ron Shipman. gave out seedlings at Persons Banking Company while Shipman manned a table outside United Bank. They answered questions about planting the trees and shared Arbor Day infor- mation as they distrib- uted about 250 dogwoods and 175 tupelo gums. The seedl~gs were free but donations were welcomed to aid the work of the Tree Board in planting and maintaining healthy trees around Forsyth and particularly in adding to the arboretum and but- terfly trail at Park Circle park. Also in recogni- tion of Arbor Day, the Tree Board planted an Oriental cherry tree at Country Club Park near the walking trail. The Kwanzan cherry will add showy pink blooms to the spring landscape at the park. It will grow as tall as 25' with a spread of 14' to 25'. Glisson picked up the tree and contributed his expertise in planting it; city workers dug the hole for the new addition to the park. '~vVe are really proud Forsyth marked Arbor Day 2018 by planting an Oriental cherrytree at Country Club Park. Pictured, left to right, are council member Mike Dodd, tree board member Michael Glisson, Ga. Forestry Comm. ranger Seth Hawkins, tree board member Ron Shipman, tree board chair Ricky Shannon, city manager Janice Hall, Ga. Forestry Comm. ranger Robert Hargrove, Mayor Eric Wilson. of the Tree Board," said Wilson. "It is one of the hardest working, most engaged and active boards in the city." Shannon said that some of the board's projects for this year are getting plaques identifying trees in the Park Circle arbo- retum made and placed and removing five water oaks from the park and unifying it with more trees of uniform size. Wilson said that the city's recent purchase of the nine more holes at the golf course next to Country Club Park opens up new opportunities for enhancing the city's rec- reational properties with trees and landscaping. Shannon invited every- one to join in the Tree Board's Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, March 30 at the city golf course. The tournament is the Tree Board's major fundraiser. By Diane Glidewell has one younger brother grade and 8th grade, tistics that show the teen and one younger sister; Her oldest son, Micah, pregnancy rate in Monroe together the siblings works with Fellowship of County has decreased. Dawnita Moore became founded a ministry and Christian Athletes (FCA), She said the Pregnancy the new director of scholarship program in and Mary Persons is one Center plans to target the Pregnancy Center memory of their father, of his schools. Her hus- the 20 to 29-year-old age of Monroe County in Fred Robertson. band is teaching at First group in the coming year February. She feels that She and her husband, Presbyterian Day School since the rate of unwant- it is a position for which James, an ordained in Macon. ed pregnancies in this her life and experiences minister, moved to Moore said that with group has not seemed to have prepared her well. Birmingham, Ala. in most of her sons now drop. In 2016, the most She said she believes in 1997 and then to Macon adults, it is the time for recent year that statistics the Mission Statement of shortly after Sept. 11, her to enjoy some time are available, there were the Pregnancy Center-- 2001" with his work for with women and to move 34 abortions in Monroe to uphold the sanctity Young Life, an outreach from being a 'sports mom' County, 14 for women of human life---and is ministry to high school to using some of the ages 20 to 24, and 11 for excited to begin work- students. She has worked other gifts and talents women ages 25 to 29. ing with the community beside her husband in with which she has been She said the Pregnancy and the resources of the full-time ministry for 25 blessed. Center wants to focus on Pregnancy Center to years. "I looked up sanctity, this age group, especially carry out that mission. She and her husband and it means holiness," on those attending col- Moore was born and have also raised five sons said Moore. %Ve are cre- lege. raised in Franklin, Tenn duringthat time; they ated in God's image. We '~ Ve want to be part of the place that her par- are now 24, 23, 22, 18 have worth, value. The the conversation to find ents and grandparents and 14 years old. Her unborn child is of worth." out what the need is and also called home. She youngest sons are in 12th She is excited about sta- how to meet it," said Moore. She said that one of the services the Pregnancy Center offers is parent- ing classes, to hel with building strong families and raising children. Some classes are targeted at those thinking of mar- riage. Another important topic is creating success- ful blended families. The classes are open to any- one interested in them. The Pregnancy Center maintains a clothes closet of maternity and baby items. The "Earn While You Learn" program lets participants accumulate baby bucks to spend at the clothing closet by tak- ing classes. Moore said the clothes closet and classes are made possible by a "tremendous group of volunteers and donors." Other services include pregnancy testing, options counseling, post-abortion support, adoption assistance, pre-natal educational programs and mentoring. The Pregnancy Center of Monroe County first opened its doors in 1989. Its office on the square, at 13 N. Lee Street is open Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For more information, call 478-994- 3173. "I'm really, really glad to be here and to have this opportunity," said Moore. '~[t appeals to my gifts. I know what it's like to be pregnant. I have held the hands of those who are making decisions. All of my life experience is coming together for a moment such as this." + Forsyth wastewater doesn't meet state EPD standards By Diane Glidewell violations primarily were excess levels of copper in wastewater at the On Feb. 19 Forsyth Northeast Plant. There city council signed was excess chlorine on notice from the Georgia some dates at the South Environmental Protection Plant, and a major spill Division that it had vio- of raw sewage in excess lations at its Northeast of 10,000 gallons into and South Water Brickyard Creek occurred Pollution Control Plants in May 2017 because of in December 2012 that root intrusion. had not been corrected The city failed to report by November 2017. The follow-up testing for cop- per to IIIIIIII SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESS the EPD as required, neer Carl Hofstadter said fixed, EPD will eventually Hall said that Forsyth EPD could have levied a there is a faulty design in fine the city much more will have to ask EPD for penalty of up to $50,000 the plant treatment filters than $7,500. an extension because it per day for negligently and it would cost $1.2 "It's important to note has to be in compliance or intentionally failing to million to change out the that this is not drinking for six months to meet comply. It set a penalty filters in an upgrade, water; it's waste water," EPD requirements. She of $7,500 and $250 per '%Ve can no longer get said Mayor Eric Wilson. said that the copper month going forward for parts for the filters in ' Phe engineer said he problem is part of the failing to comply with the place," said Hall. '2Jtility never sees copper like Forsyth water and sewer Total Recoverable Copper Partners has changed this. We need to figure plant upgrades on which permit limit, procedures, but we still out where the copper is Hofstadter is workir~, g. City manager Janice sometimes go above the coming from." Council member Melvin .Hall s.aid Utility Partners, limit for copper. They are Wilson said that Drano Lawrence abstained from Inc which manages the working to find a plan." includes copper and they voting to acknowledge the city's water and sewer Hall said Utility had speculated that res- consent order from EPD. plants, will pay the Partners has corrected taurants or hotels on the He did not give a specific $7,500 for not getting the the residual problem with citY water lines might be reason for his absten- follow-up tests to EPD on chlorine, All corrective using a lot of Drano to tion. Council passed the time. However, the city action plans have to be dissolve grease in their acknowledgement, 5-0. has not figured out how approved by EPD. 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