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Celebrate water quality in style

The 16th annual Hiwassee Watershed Gala will take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 29, at the Charles Suber Banquet Hall at Young Harris College in Georgia. 

This upscale social gathering celebrates good water quality, still being measured in many rivers, lake, and streams, and recognizes those who work to sustain it. This year’s event will be shorter and slightly less formal, featuring a menu of heavy hors d’oeuvres, along with wine, beer, soda and water. Popular local musician Troy Underwood will provide his bluesy, soul and folk sound for the evening. 

Tickets are available for individuals or tables of eight. Learn more at

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