Environmental champions recognized

The Commission for a Clean County has announced the winners of its 2017 Community Pride Awards, which recognizes people and groups who have gone above and beyond in their commitment to a clean environment in Haywood County. 

The 14 recipients include: 

  • The Incredibles of Waynesville Middle School for achieving total school recycling. 
  • The Air Force Junior ROTC, masonry class and career technical education class at Tuscola High School for creating an original memorial garden with flagpoles to honor deceased students. 
  • Town of Waynesville Public Services Department for working to beautify the area. 
  • Home Trust Bank of Clyde for beautifying and maintaining its grounds. 
  • Seamus Tignor of Waynesville, an elementary schooler who attended every CCC litter pickup and every Haywood Waterways Association stream cleanup.
  • The Haywood County Board of Commissioners for reconstructing and re-designing all county solid waste centers.
  • Pisgah High School and Lisa Cook’s Intensive Intervention class for their successful school-wide recycling campaign.
  • Grace Shoaf of Canton for her unusual seasonal decorations beautifying the lobby of North Canton Elementary School.
  • Beth Brown of Maggie Valley for continual roadside litter pickups on the streets of Maggie Valley.
  • The Pisgah High School Ecology Club for removing 870 pounds of trash from the Pigeon River. Quinn Anspach will receive a certificate for his student leadership of the project.
  • Haywood Waterways Volunteers Les and Julie Taylor, Jack and Carol Baley and Deborah Bally for stream cleanups that removed a total 620 pounds of trash from the water. 
  • Jonathan Yates and Bill Litty of the Waynesville Public Services Department for establishing the Serenity Garden at the Waynesville Recreation Park. Mountain View Garden Club will receive a certificate for its help and support.

Awards will be presented during an invitational luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 28. 

The CCC works throughout the year to promote environmental health in the county, with board members holding litter pickups May through October. Volunteers are always welcome. 

Bill Skelton, 828.456.3575 or JoAnna Swanson, 828.452.1550. 

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