Thursday, September 8, 2005
Local News Briefs
Celebration this weekend in Holly Springs
The event, one of the largest Audubon-sponsored nature festivals in the country, coincides with the peak of the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds southward migration.
During the festival, and with the gardens in bloom, literally hundreds of hummingbirds can be seen feeding at the stations to fuel up for their migratory flight.
Last year, a record 6,500 visitors were a part of the festivities. A huge draw for festival goers are the bird-banding sessions with renowned hummingbird experts Bob and Martha Sargent of the Alabama-based Hummer/Bird Study Group.
In addition to the bird-banding sessions, event highlights will include demonstrations with live bats, alligators and small mammals; programs about the care and release of Mississippi wildlife; guided nature walks; wagon rides on the preserve; tours of the historic Strawberry Plains plantation home; a nature products trade show; a childrens activity tent; the speakers tent; and presentations focusing on reptiles and endangered species found in Mississippi.
For more information, please call the Audubon Center at Strawberry Plains, at 662-252-1155 or visit www.msaudubon.org.
Tickets for the festival are $5 for adults, $3 for children.
Katrina victims admitted free to festival
The event starts on Friday, Sept. 9, and runs through Sunday, Sept. 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A driver's license I.D. with a coastal address will serve to replace the $5 admission fee for adults and $3 for children with adults.
A special free program with Harry the Hummingbird for all children and those participating in the Hummingbird Art Contest will be held Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 4 p.m. at the Courthouse Gazebo on the Holly Springs Square. Families and children are all invited to attend.
Board OKs added
charge to garbage bills for fuel costs
The additional charge is to off-set an increase in fuel costs.
Resourceful Environmental Services has agreed to reverse this surcharge if diesel fuel costs fall below $2.20 a gallon.
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