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Old, new mayors to give Duluth address
City plans appreciation day

DULUTH - Duluth's "Pride in Old and New" slogan becomes truer at each turn.

This week, the Duluth Civitan Club will host the city's past and present mayors during the annual "State of the City" address.

The event, said Civitan Club member Sandy Huff, doesn't only raise funds for organizations such as Annandale Village, Creative Enterprises and Rainbow Village.

"It is a community project that helps keep our citizens informed and excited about the city of Duluth," Huff wrote in an e-mail.

Residents can hear from Mayor Nancy Harris, who took office in January, as well as the past city leader Shirley Lasseter, who was mayor for 14 years before deciding against re-election so she could stage a race for the upcoming District 1 county commission election.

"The state of the city address is about what happened in the past and what is planned in the future, so it was a natural occurrence," to have both leaders involved, Huff said. "They've been working on this transition together."

The event will be held at the new City Hall, which opened on Main Street earlier this year, and tours of the facility will be available beginning at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday with the speech slated for noon.

Contact Susan Weber for questions at 678-475-3522 or e-mail at SOC@duluthga.net.

RSVPs for the $25-per-plate luncheon were due Friday, but residents still have an opportunity to learn more about the city and see its new City Hall.

The city is organizing a Community Appreciation Day festival for Saturday.

From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., kids can enjoy inflatable toys and performers such as clowns and jugglers. Live entertainment is planned in the Town Green and at City Hall, as well as face painters and balloon artists.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., residents can enjoy a free hot dog or hamburger and tour City Hall.