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DWM to Host Rain Barrel Workshop

DWM to Host Rain Barrel Workshop

DECATUR - The DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management (DWM) will host a rain barrel workshop for DeKalb citizens on Saturday, March 12, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Tucker Recreation Center, 4898 Lavista Road in Tucker.

Collecting rainwater in rain barrels for use during dry months is an excellent way to conserve water and reduce water bills.  During the workshop, citizens will be instructed on rain barrel maintenance and water conservation landscaping. 

The rain barrel workshop is open to the first 30 DeKalb County residents who sign up.  This is a “hands on” workshop where residents will make their own rain barrels with DWM assistance.

The cost of the workshop is $30, which includes all the materials to make your very own barrel.

Celebrate National Battery Day at Local Batteries Plus Store

Celebrate National Battery Day at Local Batteries Plus Store

PEACHTREE CITY — National Battery Day is celebrated annually on February 18th, the birthday of Allesandro Volta, who is regarded as the first inventor of the electric cell and battery. Batteries Plus, the nation’s largest battery retailer is celebrating “National Battery Day” on February 18th by offering free car/truck battery and electrical system testing from February 18th – 20th.

The free testing will take place at the Peachtree City store, located at 170 Peachtree East Shopping Center in Peachtree City, GA. Also, customers who come in during the month of February can receive $15 off the purchase of a laptop battery by mail in rebate.

Jane Watt, owner of three, woman-owned, veteran certified Batteries Plus locations in Georgia is celebrating “National Battery Day” at her three locations in: Decatur, Stockbridge and Peachtree City.

Watts spent four years in the coast guard in the early 1980s.

DeKalb County and Five Star Partners Lead Headwater Restoration Efforts

DeKalb County and Five Star Partners Lead Headwater Restoration Efforts

DECATUR – DeKalb County illustrated its commitment to sustainability by joining the Five Star Partners for a tree planting on Tuesday, Feb. 8 at Delano Line Park in Decatur. The tree planting is part of a site restoration project to restore the headwaters of a small stream in the Shoal Creek watershed south of Decatur. 

The project encourages participation from local schools, neighborhood associations, non-profit organizations, local businesses, and others to assist with restoration efforts through environmental education field activities at the project site, including invasive plant removal, stream channel measurements, native plant installation and water quality testing.

The project, led by DeKalb County Natural Resources Management Office and Five Star Partners, recently worked with 48 students from Academe of the Oaks, a local high school, to plant trees at Delano Line Park.

Get a Jump on Spring Landscaping! Free Educational Program

Get a Jump on Spring Landscaping! Free Educational Program

Spring is just around the corner! Get a jump-start on your outdoor living plans Saturday, March 12, from 11 a.m.-noon. Eric King, ASLA, owner of King Landscaping, and Rick Goldstein, a registered architect and co-owner of MOSAIC Group [Architects and Remodelers], will share decades of experience creating inviting outdoor living spaces.

"Easy Hardscaping" is a free crash course that will showcase the best (and worst) ideas in building patios, walks and walls for your home landscape. It will be held at the MOSAIC office, located at 2358 Perimeter Park Drive, Suite 300.

Feel free to invite a friend. To R.S.V.P., send an e-mail with your name and the number of attendees to sylvia@mosaicgroupatlanta.com or call 770.670.6022. Space is limited.

 

Celebrate Georgia Arbor Day at the Decatur Square

Celebrate Georgia Arbor Day at the Decatur Square

DECATUR -- Just in time for Georgia Arbor Day, Decatur families and residents have reason to celebrate as Nalley Decatur gears up for the 1st Annual Nalley Tree Festival. The festival, which is being held Saturday, Feb. 12, from 12 to 3 p.m. at Decatur Square, is the kick-off to the Nalley Tree Campaign, a green initiative led by Nalley BMW, Nalley Infiniti and Nalley Nissan in Decatur, Georgia. The festival will feature music, children’s activities and educational literature from local municipal and environmental organizations.

To kick off this large environmental campaign, the Nalley Tree Festival will bring together multiple “green” businesses and partners. Official Nalley Tree Campaign partners are: City of Decatur, DeKalb County, Park Pride, Trees Atlanta and Keep DeKalb Beautiful.

Free tree seedlings will be available at the Nalley Tree Festival on Feb.

DeKalb Emergency Management Agency Offers Thunderstorm Safety Tips

DeKalb Emergency Management Agency Offers Thunderstorm Safety Tips

DECATUR – (DeKalb County Gov't) Thunderstorms affect relatively small areas when compared with hurricanes and winter storms. Despite their small size, all thunderstorms are dangerous because they can produce strong winds, lightning, tornadoes, hail and flash flooding. The typical thunderstorm is 15 miles in diameter and lasts an average of 30 minutes.

“Straight line winds can reach speeds in excess of 100 mph and produce damage similar to a tornado,” said DeKalb County Public Safety Director William Miller.

The biggest threat from severe thunderstorms is damaging straight line winds and large hail. These winds occur, on average, 19 days per year in Georgia.

KDB to Host Tree Pick-Up, 'Bring One for the Chipper'

KDB to Host Tree Pick-Up, 'Bring One for the Chipper'

DEKALB COUNTY, GA -- Keep DeKalb Beautiful (KDB) and the DeKalb County Sanitation Division will celebrate the 20th annual "Bring One for the Chipper" event in January.

KDB asks that DeKalb County residents recycle their Christmas trees after the holidays through the DeKalb County Sanitation Division's Curbside Recycling Program.

DeKalb residents receiving sanitation services can place their tree at the curb for pick-up on regular yard collection waste day. Trees should be seven feet or smaller; trees eight feet or larger must be cut in half for pick-up.

The recycled trees will be chipped into mulch or used as wildlife habitat. Mulch is used for public beautification projects and is also available free to DeKalb County residents.