Newnan Notes: Christmas parade set for Dec. 2

By GINA SNIDER
City of Newnan Public Information Officer
The city of Newnan’s annual Christmas parade will be held Sunday, Dec. 2 beginning at 3 p.m. The parade will begin at the city park at Temple Avenue and Jackson Streets and continues on Jackson Street, through the Court Square and out LaGrange Street to Newnan High School.
Sit down by the hearth and have some hot chocolate, as this year’s theme is “Merry Musical Christmas.” The parade will include floats, walking groups, decorated cars and trucks, and marching bands.
You can download a parade application at the city website, www.ci.newnan.ga.us, or pick one up at Newnan City Hall, located at 25 LaGrange St. The application deadline is Nov. 26.
The entry fee is $35. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds will go to the Mayors’ Christmas Motorcade, which helps mentally-challenged adults in state hospitals have hope for the holidays.
The city does need volunteers for this event. If you or your group is interested in volunteering, contact the city’s public information office at 770-254-2358 or e-mail gsnider@cityofnewnan.org .

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It is that time of year when people are thinking of the perfect gift for teachers, friends, co-workers, the boss or employees.

Main Street Newnan is excited to announce its latest program for downtown and the community, Main Street Money. Main Street Money is a gift certificate program that allows the customer to shop at any of the 26 participating locations. “This program is great for the person that is difficult to shop for,” said JoAnn Gentry, Main Street manager for downtown Newnan. “With the gift of Main Street Money they can choose to use their gift certificate in any number of downtown locations. And not only will they be happy with their gift options, you can feel good because you are keeping your gift-giving dollars local.”

The gift certificates come in three denominations, $5, $10, and $20, and may be purchased at the Main Street Office at 6 First Ave. and at the locations of participating merchants.

If you are interested in purchasing Main Street Money or have questions contact the Main Street office at 770-253-8283 or visit www.mainstreetnewnan.com .

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There was one new occupational tax certificate issued by the city. The business is Hoffmeister Home Improvement. For more information, contact the finance department at 770-253-2682.

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The Newnan animal warden encourages pet parents to develop an emergency plan in advance of a storm, and include potential evacuation in that plan. Disasters threaten the safety of people and animals alike, and it’s often too late to create a plan for your pets when you’re in the middle of a crisis.

The animal warden offers the following tips:

Bring pets indoors at the first sign of the storm. Animals can become disoriented and wander away from home during a disaster.

Arrange a safe haven for yourself and your pets in the event of evacuation. Do not leave pets behind.

Store an emergency kit — with items such as pet food, bottled water, medical records, a blanket, a flashlight and leashes — as close to an exit as possible.

Make sure all pets wear collars and tags with up-to-date identification.

Affix a rescue alert sticker to your front door or window to let rescuers know that there are pets inside your home.

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Keep Newnan Beautiful reminds everyone that autumn conjures up many images — and sounds, too, as homeowners tackle the big job of raking leaves, clearing gardens, and cleaning up other yard debris. These are tasks that can make neighborhoods noisy and a bit more polluted if they’re done with loud, motorized power tools that burn gasoline or other fossil fuels.

Many citizens are opting for quieter, cleaner alternatives, including the following suggestions:

1) Use a rake instead of a leaf blower. If the idea of doing the raking doesn’t appeal to you (or you don’t have time), consider hiring a couple of high school kids to help out. They’ll be affordable as well as ecological.

2) Choose hand-powered hedge trimmers. As an alternative to more energy-intensive trimmers you can also try electric trimmers.

3) Compost as much as possible. Leaves, twigs, and other yard debris can be quietly composted in a corner space of your yard. In the spring, the compost will be ready to nourish other parts of your garden.


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