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Do your part to spruce up Henry - April Avison

Most of us have some spring cleaning we need to do anyway n now the perfect incentive is available.

Residents, subdivisions and strip malls are invited to join the Spruce Up Henry campaign sponsored by the Henry Council for Quality Growth.

"When you think about quality growth there's a broad meaning to that," said Council for Quality Growth Executive Director Judy Neal. "As you ride around, we live here so we get used to the things we see here. If you were to go to Alpharetta, let's say, you'd see things with a different set of eyes. People who come in see us differently than we see ourselves. If we want to keep it stable and vibrant we need to spruce up."

She's exactly right, and the time to spruce up is now. The weather is nice and seems as if it's begging us to get outdoors and do some gardening or repair work or beautify a subdivision entrance in need of a facelift.

"It's just like when you've got company coming, you're going to clean up," Neal said.

Five awards will be given for residential renovation projects: $1,500 for first place; $1,250 for second place; $1,000 for third place; $750 for fourth place; and $500 for fifth place.

Three awards will be given for subdivision improvement projects: $1,000 for first place; $500 for second place; and $300 for third place. One award of $1,000 will be given to a strip mall refurbishing project.

Judging will be based on photographs taken before and after the project. Award presentations will be made on June 16 for subdivisions, on Aug. 18 for residential renovations and on Nov. 17 for strip mall refurbishing.

"It starts small and grows from there," Neal said. "It's all about what you see when you ride down the road. If you see trash on the road, stop and pick it up."

Please do your part and join the Spruce Up Henry campaign. It helps the home or business owner have a nicer looking place, and it will ultimately make Henry County a better place to live and work.

Henry County, we've got company coming. It's time to spruce up.

For more information or a Spruce Up Henry registration form, contact Judy Neal at (770) 898-9076 or judyneal@bellsouth.net.

April Avison is the city editor of the Daily Herald. Her column appears on Mondays. She can be reached at (770) 957-9161 or via e-mail at aavison@henryherald.com.