Lilburn named Tree City

LILBURN - Lilburn has been named a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor its commitment to community forestry.

It is the second year Lilburn has received this national recognition.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.

Lilburn has met the four standards to become a Tree City USA community: having a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

"Trees are a vital component of the infrastructure in our cities and towns, and they also provide environmental and economical benefits," said John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. "Cities that are recognized with a Tree City USA designation go to great lengths to plant and care for the community forest."

More information about Tree City USA can be found at www.arborday.org/

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Pageant seeks participants

DACULA - The first Miss Heart of USA Pageant is seeking participants of all ages - from 3 to 55 or older.

The pageant will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 20 at Hebron Christian Academy in Dacula. The proceeds of the event will benefit The Ronald McDonald House and American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.

For more information or an application packet, e-mail pageant director Dawn Holland at dawndholland@

aol.com.

Kiddie Academy opens

SUGAR HILL - Kiddie Academy of Sugar Hill held its grand opening celebration on April 18.

The grand opening festivities included food, refreshments and entertainment, and families were able to tour the new state-of-the-art center and meet staff.

Kiddie Academy is located at 6007 Suwanee Dam Road in Sugar Hill. The school is enrolling children age 6 weeks through 12 years, as well as enrolling for summer camp.

For more information on enrollment, contact director Janice Hamer at 678 889-4842.

Comcast employees help environment

NORCROSS - As a part of the eighth annual Comcast Cares Day, nearly 1,100 local Comcast employees took part in 13 environmentally friendly beautification projects around metro Atlanta.

Two of those projects took place at the Norcross Boys and Girls Club and Latin American Association in Gwinnett County.

At the Norcross Boys and Girls Club, Comcast volunteers built organic gardens, painted, and pressure washed bathrooms. Volunteers also cleaned the facility using green and nontoxic cleaners.

While at the Latin American Association, volunteers helped plant edible organic gardens and worked to improve the energy efficiency of the building through installing green insulation, fixing windows and weather stripping the facility.

Atlanta volunteers were joined by more than 50,000 Comcast employees across the United States, making it one of the largest single days of corporate volunteer efforts in the country.

Gwinnett Gab appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.