CCC presents Community Pride Awards
Each year, the Commission for a Clean County (CCC) selects businesses, individuals and civic groups for their exceptional efforts in beautifying the county for the Community Pride Awards.
During the banquet luncheon held Wednesday, 10 local stewards were recognized for their work in picking up litter, educating the community and having "green" businesses.
Among those recognized were:
• Haley and Zac Guy of Appalachian Antique Hardwoods for being “green” and using reclaimed, re-purposed and restored wood in their building. They also installed a water runoff collection system and a sawdust collection system to donate to nurseries and compost piles.
• Deputy Heidi Warren, D.A.R.E. Officer with the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office, for planting a bed of red tulips at Junaluska Elementary School, symbolizing the students’ pledges of drug-free living.
• Tom Anspach, a private citizen and a Haywood Waterways Adopt-A-Stream volunteer who picked up over two tons of trash from the Pigeon River near the Canton Recreation Park.
• Zondra Robinson, office manager at the MERF, for creating and acting the part of the "litter troll" in the "Keep it Clean" presentation to elementary schools in the county.
• Ron Moss, Haywood County’s Elementary School Supervisor, for his diligent organization of the presentation of the CCC’s new “Keep It Clean” program in the elementary schools.
• First United Methodist Church “Green Team” for many recycling and energy-saving measures including using all biodegradable products, replacing light bulbs with CFLs and collecting more than 2,000 medicine bottles for recycling.
• Frog Level Merchants Association for both waterways and street cleanup plus streetscapes projects to improve the appearance of the Frog level area.
• Julia Skelton, a local teen who not only participated in CCC litter pick-up days but also recruited her friends to participate.
Certificates of appreciation for continued service went to James Swan, a private citizen who has attended every CCC litter pick-up event for several years and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, whose members attend litter pick-ups.
In existence since 2000, the CCC believes that a litter-free, environmentally conscious clean county is highly beneficial for the financial and physical health of its residents — property values rise and the county will attract more businesses.
For information about the work of the CCC or to donate to their cause, call Chairman Bill Skelton at 456-3575 or secretary JoAnna Swanson at 452-1550.