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Volunteers clean Vickery Creek

Volunteers clean Vickery Creek

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Members of the Georgia Canoeing Association pitched in last weekend to help the city of Roswell clean up Vickery Creek.

Using hand saws -- and their own gloved hands -- volunteers went to work on a fallen tree that created an island upstream of Roswell's historic mill dam. They removed limbs from the tree and collected trash, including bottles and recreational equipment, that gathered among the branches.

The cleanup initiative was launched ahead of Rivers Alive, when volunteers gather to beautify Roswell's parks and waterways. This year's Rivers Alive will be held Saturday, Sept. 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Those who would like to volunteer can do so at roswellgov.com.

Roswell to add recycling bins at parks

Roswell to add recycling bins at parks

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Keep Roswell Beautiful has received a national grant to add 24 permanent recycling bins to the city's parks.

Mayor Jere Wood will host a "can opening" event on Wednesday, June 18 at 2:30 p.m. at Roswell Area Park on Woodstock Road. The public is invited to attend.

Other parks to receive recycling bins include Azalea Park, Don White Park, East Roswell Park, Gerard Landing, Hembree Park, Riverside Park and Waller Park Extension.

Learn more about Keep Roswell Beautiful at keeproswellbeautiful.org.

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has brought back its Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest for 2014.

This year's theme is Plug into Nature, emphasizing the importance of experiencing wildlife and plants firsthand.

All Georgia students in grades kindergarten through 5 are invited to enter the contest. The top 12 winners' posters will be displayed on the DNR's Flickr site and at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry during the first two weeks in May.

Contest entries are due Apr. 16. Three winners will be picked in four categories (kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-4, grade 5).

Visit georgiawildlife.com for more information about the contest.

Pike Nurseries recycling Christmas trees

Pike Nurseries recycling Christmas trees

(WXIA) -- Do you still have your Christmas tree? Pike Nurseries is holding a tree recycling event through the end of January.

Customers can bring their live trees to any Pike Nurseries location until Jan. 31. The trees will be chipped and recycled; Pike Nurseries plans to turn Christmas trees into compost and other environmentally friendly materials.

Pike Nurseries will also come to customers' homes and pick up their trees for $50.

To find your nearest Pike, visit pikenursery.com.

Preparedness Key to Safety During Hurricane Season

Preparedness Key to Safety During Hurricane Season

Imagine a hurricane making landfall on Georgia’s coastline, with winds 150 mph or greater causing terrible damage.  The tropical cyclone spawns several tornadoes as it moves inland and heavy rains cause major flooding.  High winds also persist resulting in uprooted trees and down power lines.

Bulky Trash Amnesty Day Saturday, June 8

Bulky Trash Amnesty Day Saturday, June 8

MILTON, Ga. -- The City of Milton Public Works Department and Milton Grows Green are offering residents a bulky trash amnesty day Saturday, June 8, so gather your large items for disposal.

From 8 a.m. to noon, residents of Milton can bring items to the City of Roswell Public Works Division at 1810 Hembree Road in Roswell. Only City of Milton and Roswell residents will be served. Proof of residency will be required, and utility bills are preferred.

New this year is shoe recycling. Bring your gently-worn shoes for a recycling and reuse program to help fund Milton's Community Wildlife Habitat Project.

GEMA: Georgians should prepare as hurricane season hurries in

GEMA: Georgians should prepare as hurricane season hurries in

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Emergency Management Agency stresses the importance of safety just before Hurricane Preparedness Week hits. 

During the week, May 26 - June 1, education will be offered to all residents through Georgia who plan to camp outdoors, throw cookouts and spend time at the lakes or in the backyard. Severe weather can make its way here anytime, a Ready Georgia spokeswoman said, which puts Georgians at risk statewide.