September 9, 2010
Hummingbird festival arrives this weekend
One of the largest nature festivals in the nation, the Hummingbird Migration Celebration at Strawberry Plains Audubon Center, is set for this Friday-Sunday, September 10-12, in Holly Springs.
Last year an estimated 9,000 people attended.
Expert naturalists from the Hummer/Bird Study Group will be on hand to interpret the life of the ruby-throated hummingbird. Watch as these tiny birds are caught and banded; you may even have a chance to release one back to the wild.
The event features lectures and demonstrations with live bats and other wildlife, hummingbird viewing in the historic Davis House sunroom, a nature trade show, tours of native plant gardens, children’s activities, food and more.
Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for children under 12; admission for 12-passenger vans and buses is $10 per person. All parking is free. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be for sale.
For more information on the 11th annual event, see pages 8 and 9, visit http://strawberryplains.audubon.org or call 252-1155.
County school board sets meeting next week
The Marshall County Board of Education’s next regular meeting will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 4:30 p.m.
The meeting is in the board room of the Marshall County Board of Supervisors, 103B Market Street, Holly Springs.
This new time will be for all future board meetings.
Victoria Fire Dept. gets grant for equipment
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded a $2,394 Assistance to Firefighters Grant to the Victoria Volunteer Fire Department for operations and safety.
“FEMA’s investment in our local communities will help provide our fire departments with the equipment and resources they need to keep Marshall County safe,” Congressman Travis Childers said.
The purpose of the FY 2009 AFG program is to award grants directly to fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations. In FY 2009, the AFG program will award approximately $565 million to these organizations to enhance first responders’ ability to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as that of first-responder personnel, with respect to fire-related hazards.
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