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**** Congratulations to Sharon Westerhof for being awarded the GEM (Going the Extra Mile) at the August KBSB Meeting. SHe was commended for her continuous work around the community picking up trash. (Maybe we could get a picture.. I'll see)
**** KBSB recently adopted a portion of FM700 in Big Spring. Groups are scheduled each month to help keep this area clean. If you would like to help with this or other cleanup efforts, please contact any member for more information.


“MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY” IN BIG SPRING IS SATURDAY, OCT. 20

IT’S TIME FOR ANOTHER “MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY” IN BIG SPRING. “KEEP BIG SPRING BEAUTIFUL” AND OUR LOCAL “R.S.V.P.” GROUPS ARE AMONG THOSE PARTICIPATING IN A BIG WAY. KEEP BIG SPRING BEAUTIFUL HAS THREE THINGS HAPPENING SIMULTANEOUSLY SATURDAY, OCT. 20….THE “LOVE OUR LAKE” DAY AT COMANCHE TRAIL LAKE…THE “MAKE A DIFFERENCE” COMMUNITY-WIDE CLEANUP, AS WELL AS THE “GO WILD” WILDFLOWER SEED PLANTING. THAT’S ACCORDING TO K.B.S.B. PRESIDENT KATHRYN WISEMAN. GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS ARE GREATLY ENCOURAGED TO GET OUT SATURDAY, OCT. 20 AND HELP WITH ONE OR ALL OF THE THREE BEAUTIFICATION ACTIVITIES IN OUR COMMUNITY. IT’LL BE FUN AND VERY WORTHWHILE.

ALSO, THE LOCAL R.S.V.P. VOLUNTEERS HAVE A “MAKE A DIFFERENCE” PROJECT GOING ON NOW. THEY ARE JOINING FORCES WITH THE DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS AUXILIARY IN BIG SPRING, ASKING FOR YOUR DONATIONS OF PERSONAL ITEMS FOR OUR TROOPS. RIGHT NOW, DURING REGULAR BUSINESS HOURS, YOU CAN DROP THESE ITEMS OFF AT THE R.S.V.P. OFFICE IN THE POLLY MAYS BUILDING, DOWNTOWN BIG SPRING:

NEW ADULT SOCKS

INTERNATIONAL PHONE CARDS

FOOT POWDER

HAND WIPES

LIP GLOSS

LOTIONS

GAMES, BOOKS AND PUZZLES

SUNSCREEN

CONTACT THE R.S.V.P. OFFICE FOR MORE INFORMATION IN REGARDS TO THEIR “MAKE A DIFFERENCE” PROJECT.

AND PLEASE GET YOU OR YOUR GROUP INVOLVED WITH THE “KEEP BIG SPRING BEAUTIFUL MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY” CLEAN UP AND WILDFLOWER PROJECTS FOR SATURDAY, OCT. 20. CONTACT KATHRYN WISEMAN AT HER JUSTIC OF THE PEACE OFFICE AT 264-2228, PAT SIMMONS AT 263-4607, OR DEBBIE WEGMAN AT HER CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU OFFICE AT 263-8235.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE!


KEEP BIG SPRING BEAUTIFUL REMINDERS

WE CAUGHT UP WITH ONE OF THE COMMUNITY’S VERY BUSY LADIES, PAT SIMMONS, AND SHE WANTED TO TALK ABOUT “KEEP BIG SPRING BEAUTIFUL” AND SOME REMINDERS TO LOCAL RESIDENTS TO KEEP YOUR HOME AND PROPERTIES CLEANED UP AND PRESENTABLE. ONE NEW THING K.B.S.B. IS DOING WITH THE BIG SPRING HERALD IS A PHOTO FEATURE THAT APPEARS IN THE PAPER. THE PHOTOS ARE OF LOCAL HOMES OR OTHER PROPERTIES THAT ARE NOT BEING KEPT UP…WEEDY, TRASHY OR OTHERWISE. A K.B.S.B. VOLUNTEER GOES OUT REGULARLY AND PHOTOGRAPHS THE LOCATIONS, AND THEY ARE CHECKED AGAINST CITY CODE VIOLATIONS. IT’S HOPED THAT MOST OWNERS DON’T WANT THEIR PROPERTY’S PICTURE IN THE NEWSPAPER UNLESS IT’S A NICE AND FLATTERING ONE. ALSO, PAT SAYS SHE STILL HAS A PROBLEM WITH SOME RESIDENTS WHO LEAVE THEIR “ROLL OUT” DUMPSTERS CURBSIDE NIGHT AND DAY. PAT REMINDS US THERE IS A CITY ORDINANCE THAT REQUIRES RESIDENTS, WHETHER YOU RENT OR OWN, TO KEEP THOSE ROLL OUT DUMPSTERS UP CLOSE TO YOUR HOME EXCEPT ON DAYS YOU ARE SCHEDULED FOR PICK UP SERVICE. ONE MORE THING, PAT SAYS THAT GARAGE SALE SIGNS ARE BEGINNING TO POP UP AGAIN. IT IS VIOLATION OF CITY CODE TO POST THOSE ON UTILITY POLES. FOR THOSE WHO PUT GARAGE SALE SIGNS ON CARDBOARD BOXES, YOU NEED TO REMOVE THOSE JUST AS SOON AS YOUR SALE IS OVER…DON’T LEAVE THEM THERE TO ROT IN THE SUN AND RAIN. ON A POSITIVE NOTE, LOCAL BUSINESSES ARE BEGINNING TO JOIN “KEEP BIG SPRING BEAUTIFUL”, AND MORE ON ENCOURAGED. JOIN WITH KBST RADIO STATIONS, THE BIG SPRING HERALD AND OTHERS WHO HAVE BECOME MEMBERS OF “KEEP BIG SPRING BEAUTIFUL”! THE GROUP HOLDS MONTHLY NOONTIME MEETINGS AT THE HOWARD COLLEGE “CACTUS ROOM”, USUALLY THE FIRST MONDAY OF THE MONTH. JOIN AND BRING YOUR IDEAS TO “KEEP BIG SPRING BEAUTIFUL”.


MOBILIZING AGAINST VANDALISM

A GROUP OF MEMBERS OF “KEEP BIG SPRING BEAUTIFUL”, INCLUDING PRESIDENT KATHERINE WISEMAN, FOUNDER PAT SIMMONS, AND MEMBER MARJ CARPENTER, ADDRESSED BIG SPRING CITY COUNCIL DURING THEIR REGULAR MEETING TUESDAY NIGHT. THE KEEP BIG SPRING BEAUTIFUL GROUP WANTED TO PUSH THE POINT HOME ABOUT THE NEED FOR SECURITY CAMERAS AT COMANCHE TRAIL PARK, ESPECIALLY AROUND THE HISTORIC SPRING THAT HAS RECENTLY BEEN VANDALIZED WITH GRAFFITI. THE BIG SPRING CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU HAD ALREADY COMMITTED MONEY TOWARD A MULTI-CAMERA SECURITY SYSTEM AT THE HISTORIC SPRING. PAT SIMMONS OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED THAT BOTH OF HER ORGANIZATIONS, “KEEP BIG SPRING BEAUTIFUL” AND “THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS” ARE MAKING $1,000 DONATIONS EACH TOWARD THE PROJECT FOR ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT. THE GOAL IS TO MAKE SURE THE ENTIRE SYSTEM PURCHASED WITH THESE COMBINATIONS OF FUNDS IS TOTALLY COMPATIBLE. ONCE THE SECURITY CAMERA SYSTEM IS INSTALLED AT THE PARK, IT WILL INCORPORATE A NUMBER OF STATIONARY AND MOVEABLE CAMERAS SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TO TAKE CLEAR PICTURES OF CULPRITS DOING HARM TO THE PARK’S FEATURES YEAR ROUND.


EXERCISE – IT DOES A MIND GOOD

The natural high experienced after a jog or a brisk walk is one of the quickest and most effective mood enhancers.

“There’s just that feeling you get after you run, you just feel more powerful, more confident and you have a better outlook on life,” West Texas Centers for MHMR CEO Shelley Smith said.

Exercise is an important element in Smith’s life – a runner in the early morning to prepare her for her day as CEO of the 23-county MHMR center and a swimmer in the evening to wind down from her hectic day.

Even though she sees firsthand how exercise improves her life, she sees even more of an impact in the lives of the 2,000 consumers she serves throughout the region.

“I think there is a misconception that people can just ‘snap out’ of depression by going for a walk or taking up bike riding,” she said. “Exercise doesn’t cure types of mental illnesses but it helps alleviate many of the symptoms of the disease.”

Stressing the importance of exercise in consumers’ lives has always been part of the Center’s mission by sponsoring the Hoops, Dreams and Goals annual basketball tournament. But Smith and her staff wanted to do even more.

“We always celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month in May but this year, we thought that there was no better way to involve our consumers and get the message out than by sponsoring a run/walk,” she said.

The 5K Run/Walk, 1-mile and ½-mile walk will be the morning of May 5 at Comanche Trail Park. The 5K run starts at 8:30 a.m. and the walk kicks off at 9:30 a.m. Registration is $15 and includes lunch and a T-shirt. The race registration form can be downloaded from the West Texas Centers website www.wtcmhmr.org

Race day registration will be at 7:30 a.m. at the Alice Haynes Pavilion.

“It’s such a beautiful course,” Smith said. “I’m just real excited. It’s a challenging course and you can either run or walk the course. We have several people from Midland and Odessa who have already registered.”

More than 140 runners and walkers have pre-registered for the race, Smith said.

“They are developing teams in our 23-county region and they are all coming together and supporting each other with team t-shirts and words of encouragement.”

Big Spring State Hospital, who is co-sponsoring the race with West Texas Centers for MHMR, also has many employees and patients entered in the race, Hospital Superintendent Ed Moughon said.

“We have many who have been training for this,” Moughon said. “We have the track our volunteers built several years ago, and we have been using it more and more lately.”

“During the past decade, newer medications have helped patients more quickly and effectively but they do have their side effects, which sometimes may include weight gain,” Smith said. “Exercise is a great way to counter that.”

“We know exercise is a mood elevator and we want to be the leader in assisting patients become more active. We want to emphasize that to be healthy you can’t focus on one area of the body but you have to work on the whole body.”

West Texas Centers and Big Spring State Hospital want people in the community, whether they live with mental illness or just want to become healthier to treat the race day as a springboard toward a healthier life.

A healthy lunch will be served following the race and information on mental health will be available throughout the morning.

For more information, call 432-263-0007.



VOCAL TRASH CONCERT / GOOD RESPONSE

WHILE THE COOLER WEATHER PUT A DAMPER ON MANY OF OUR AREA’S OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES SATURDAY, IT DIDN’T STOP AN ENTHUSIASTIC CROWD AT COMANCHE TRAIL PARK AMPHITHEATER. THE “VOCAL TRASH” CONCERT WAS MET WITH A GREAT RECEPTION BY ATTENDEES TO THE FREE EVENT, PUT ON BY THE BIG SPRING CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU. THE ENERGETIC “VOCAL TRASH” KEPT THE CROWD AT FULL ATTENTION, AND THE LOCAL TALENT THAT OPENED THE SHOW WAS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF JUST HOW MUCH OUR COMMUNITY HAS TO OFFER. CITY OFFICIALS TELL KBST NEWS THAT THEY HOPE TO BRING “VOCAL TRASH” BACK AGAIN IN THE FUTURE, DUE TO THE ENTHUSIASTIC RESPONSE THEY GOT HERE SATURDAY.



CITY COUNCIL APPROVES NO FEE SATURDAY

BIG SPRING CITY COUNCIL SHOWED THEIR SUPPORT FOR “KEEP BIG SPRING BEAUTIFUL” DURING THEIR TUESDAY NIGHT MEETING BY VOTING IN FAVOR OF RESCINDING REGULAR GATE FEES AT THE LANDFILL THIS SATURDAY. THIS IS IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE KEEP BIG SPRING BEAUTIFUL “TEXAS TRASH OFF” ACROSS THE COMMUNITY THIS SATURDAY. THE TEMPORARY REMOVAL OF LANDFILL GATE FEES THIS SATURDAY DOES NOT AFFECT COMMERCIAL RATES, BUT EVERYONE ELSE IS ENCOURAGED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE ONE-DAY FEE REMOVAL. BIG SPRING AND OTHER COMMUNITIES IN HOWARD COUNTY PLAN TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND CLEAN UP AND FIX UP THIS SATURDAY. “KEEP BIG SPRING BEAUTIFUL” FOUNDER PAT SIMMONS WILL BE HANDING OUT FREE TRASH BAGS THIS FRIDAY AT THE BIG SPRING AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BEFORE NOON. AFTER THE TRASH OFF SATURDAY, PARTICIPANTS ARE INVITED TO SHOW UP AT THE OLD SETTLERS PAVILLION AT COMANCHE TRAIL PARK AT NOON AND ENJOY A FREE LUNCH. THERE WILL ALSO BE SOME 30 FT. LARGE TRASH BINS AT THAT LOCATION FOR YOUR TRASH COLLECTIONS AS WELL. DO YOUR PART FOR THE ANNUAL COMMUNITY TRASH-OFF THIS SATURDAY. PICK A SPECIAL LOCATION TO CLEAN UP, OR JUST CLEAN UP AND FIX UP AROUND YOUR HOME AND NEIGHBORHOOD. A SPECIAL REMINDER FROM “KEEP BIG SPRING BEAUTIFUL”.



KEEP BIG SPRING BEAUTIFUL GOLF TOURNAMENT

IT’S TIME TO GET YOU AND YOUR GOLF BUDDIES REGISTERED FOR THE ANNUAL KEEP BIG SPRING BEAUTIFUL GOLF TOURNAMENT, APRIL 21, AT THE BIG SPRING COUNTRY CLUB. THE TOURNAMENT IS A FOUR-PERSON SCRAMBLE. ENTRY FEE IS $60 A PERSON. CLOSEST TO THE PIN / LONGEST DRIVE AWARDED. AND, IF YOU WANT A CHANCE TO WIN A NEW PAIR OF REALLY NICE GOLF SHOES, CONTACT A K.B.S.B. MEMBER. THEY’RE SELLING TICKETS NOW. ALL PROCEEDS GO TOWARDS KEEP BIG SPRING BEAUTIFUL 2007 PROJECTS. AND DON’T FORGET THE “TRASH-OFF” AND “VOCAL TRASH” CONCERT AT COMANCHE TRAIL PARK, SATURDAY, APRIL 14! CALL PAT SIMMONS TO SIGN UP INDIVIDUALS OR GROUPS FOR THE “TRASH-OFF”. YOUR HELP IS GREATLY NEEDED! CALL 263-4607.



KEEP BIG SPRING BEAUTIFUL MEETS FOR NEW YEAR

MEMBERS OF KEEP BIG SPRING BEAUTIFUL MET FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE NEW YEAR ON MONDAY AND MAPPED OUT THEIR CALENDAR OF EVENTS AND ACITIVITIES, AS WELL AS NEW GOALS. ONE OF THE BIG PROJECT GOALS WILL BE TO WORK WITH VOLUNTEERS AND THE CITY OF BIG SPRING ON THE RENOVATION OF THE HISTORIC BIG SPRING SITE AT COMANCHE TRAIL PARK. K.B.S.B. ALSO PLANS A RECYCLING PROJECT WITH THE HOWARD COLLEGE P.T.K. THE GROUP WILL ONCE AGAIN SPONSOR A COMMUNITY-WIDE FLEA MARKET IN APRIL, THE ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT, AND THE TRADITIONAL TRASH OFF AND RECYCLING EVENTS, AS WELL AS “LOVE OUR LAKE” CLEANUPS. ONE OF THE NEWEST ADDITIONS THIS YEAR IS THE “VOCAL TRASH” CONCERT AT COMANCHE TRAIL PARK AMPHITHEATER APRIL 14TH. “VOCAL TRASH” IS A MUSICAL GROUP THAT FEATURES BANGING ON TRASH CANS AND OTHER LOUD OBJECTS TO PRODUCE A VERY UNIQUE, HIGH ENERGY LISTENING EXPERIENCE. THE VOCAL TRASH CONCERT IS BEING SPONSERED BY THE BIG SPRING CONVENTION AND VISITOR'S BUREAU AND WILL BE SUPPORTED BY KEEP BIG SPRING BEAUTIFUL. THE EVENT WILL COINCIDE WITH THE APRIL 14TH TRASH OFF. KEEP BIG SPRING BEAUTIFUL IS ALWAYS LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS AND INVITES YOU TO THEIR NEXT MONTHLY MEETING ON MONDAY, MARCH 5TH, AT THE HOWARD COLLEGE CACTUS ROOM. THIS YEAR’S K.B.S.B. PRESIDENT IS KATHRYN WISEMAN.



KEEP BIG SPRING BEAUTIFUL ELECTS NEW OFFICERS

“KEEP BIG SPRING BEAUTIFUL” HELD THEIR LAST REGULAR MEETING OF 2006 EARLIER THIS WEEK AND ELECTED NEW OFFICERS FOR 2007. KATHRYN WISEMAN WILL BE THE NEW PRESIDENT, TERRI BLACKSHEAR WILL BE VICE-PRESIDENT, SECRETARY---DEBBIE WEGMAN, AND TREASURER--- JAN FORESYTH. THE GUEST SPEAKER AT THE SPECIAL LUNCHEON WAS TOM NURRE, THE CURRENT PRESIDENT OF “KEEP SAN ANGELO BEAUTIFUL”. K.B.S.B. FOUNDER PAT SIMMONS WAS RECOGNIZED WITH THE BIG SPRING MASONIC LODGE’S “COMMUNITY BUILDER AWARD” AND CITED AS A DRIVING FORCE BEHIND CONTINUING CLEANUP AND BEAUTIFICATION EFFORTS IN OUR COMMUNITY LIKE “LOVE YOUR LAKE DAY”, AS WELL AS THE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS “FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS”, WHICH IS IN ITS 10TH YEAR, AND RUNS DECEMBER 15-31 AT COMANCHE TRAIL PARK.



City Will Work With KBSB Districts Program

BIG SPRING CITY MANAGER GARY FUQUA INFORMED CITY COUNCIL LAST WEEK THAT THE CITY PLANS TO WORK WITH “KEEP BIG SPRING BEAUTIFUL” TO INITIATE A CITY DISRTRICT-BY-DISTRICT CLEAN UP INCENTIVE IN THE NEW YEAR. THE PLAN IS TO WORK WITH EACH CITY COUNCIL PERSON AND MAKE THEM THE DISTRICT LEADER IN THE CLEAN UP PROGRAM. MR FUQUA TOLD COUNCIL THAT “KEEP BIG SPRING BEAUTIFUL” FOUNDER PAT SIMMONS WILL BE ADDRESSING THE GOVERNING BODY IN THE NEW YEAR WITH MORE DETAILS ON INACTING HER PLAN. WE WILL ALSO BE TALKING MORE ABOUT IT ON KBST NEWS IN FUTURE NEWSCASTS.



Make A Difference Day

“KEEP BIG SPRING BEAUTIFUL” IS ONCE AGAIN SPONSORING THE ANNUAL “MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY” THIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, ALL AROUND OUR COMMUNITY. THIS PARTICULAR “MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY” IS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT FOR A BIG COMMUNITY-WIDE CLEAN UP, BECAUSE THE VAUGHN GRISHAM CONFERENCE IS COMING UP OCTOBER 16-18, AND PAT SIMMONS SAYS WE NEED TO CLEAN THINGS UP AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE FOR THE MANY OUT OF TOWN VISITORS THAT ARE EXPECTED. SOME OF THE AREAS THAT CONFERENCE VISITORS WILL BE PASSING INCLUDE HOWARD COLLEGE, BIG SPRING HIGH AND JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOLS, MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM, THE SETTLES HOTEL, HOWARD COUNTY COURTHOUSE, HISTORIC POTTON HOUSE, HERITAGE MUSEUM, V.A. HOSPITAL, SCENIC MOUNTAIN MEDICAL CENTER, THE VIETNAM MEMORIAL, HANGER 25 MUSEUM, COMANCHE TRAIL PARK, MUNI GOLF COURSE, AMPHITHEATER, THE HISTORIC SPRING, DORA ROBERTS COMMUNITY CENTER, COMANCHE TRAIL LAKE. “KEEP BIG SPRING BEAUTIFUL” ALSO ASKS THAT RESIDENTS WITH ROLL OUT DUMPSTERS KEEP THEM CLOSE TO THEIR HOMES UNLESS IT’S GARBAGE PICK UP DAY FOR YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. BY THE WAY THAT’S A CITY ORDINANCE AND YOU CAN BE CITED FOR NON COMPLIANCE. THANKS FOR YOUR HELP, AND JOIN IN OUR COMMUNITY-WIDE CLEAN UP THIS SATURDAY FOR “MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY” THIS SATURDAY. CALL PAT SIMMONS TO LET HER KNOW YOU PLAN TO PARTICIPATE, OR IF YOU NEED A LOCATION TO CLEAN UP. CALL 263-4607 OR 213-5444.



Clean Up Projects

AS WE GO INTO THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER, SEVERAL COMMUNITY “CLEAN UPS” ARE SCHEDULED IN PREPERATION OF THE UPCOMING VAUGHN GRISHAM CONFERENCE HERE OCTOBER 16, 17 AND 18. THE CLEAN UPS ARE ALSO PART OF HOWARD COUNTY COMMUNITIES’ PARTICIPATION IN R.C.C.I., RURAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE INTIATIVE, FACILITATED THROUGH HOWARD COLLEGE. “KEEP BIG SPRING BEAUTIFUL” WILL ALSO PLAY A KEY ROLE IN THE CLEAN UPS. HERE ARE THE DATES…COAHOMA WILL PARTICIPATE IN ANOTHER COMMUNITY-WIDE CLEAN UP SEPTEMBER 9. THE FORSAN COMMUNITY WILL CLEAN UP SEPTEMBER 23. “KEEP BIG SPRING BEAUTIFUL” HAS SCHEDULED ANOTHER “LOVE YOUR LAKE DAY”, ALSO ON SEPTEMBER 23. THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE AT COMANCHE TRAIL LAKE THAT SATURDAY MORNING. K.B.S.B. WILL ALSO SPONSOR A BIG SPRING COMMUNITY CLEAN UP OCTOBER 14, AND WILL BE THIS YEAR’S “MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY” FOR THE ORGANIZATION. WE’LL REMIND YOU ABOUT THESE DATES INDIVIDUALLY AS THEY GROW NEARER.



Big Spring Receives Recycling Grant
from H-E-B and Keep Texas Beautiful


(Austin, TX) – H-E-B and Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) recently announced that Keep Big Spring Beautiful will receive a grant for $1,700 to help local recycling efforts over the next year. Big Spring received one of 11 grants awarded to implement new or enhance existing voluntary recycling activities by KTB affiliates.

The H-E-B / Keep Texas Beautiful Recycling Grants offer a total of $20,000 in funding for recycling projects in Texas communities.
“Keep Texas Beautiful believes waste reduction is a key element to creating clean and beautiful communities,” Debbie Johnston, Keep Texas Beautiful president, said. “We are thrilled to partner with H-E-B to offer funding for local recycling endeavors. Whether it is through enhancing recycling programs or starting new projects, these grants will help KTB affiliates have a significant impact on their communities.”
Keep Big Spring Beautiful will use the funds to implement a pilot program call “Cans for Classes” at a local Big Spring ISD middle school campus. The project will involve students and their parents in recycling aluminum cans. Students will also receive education about the need to reduce and reuse materials.

“H-E-B is an environmentally proactive company that takes many steps to reduce waste. We are proud that we can help Texas communities do the same,” said Susan Ghertner, Manager of Environmental Affairs for H-E-B. Keep Texas Beautiful and H-E-B have partnered to offer environmental grants in the past, but this is the first time funding has been directly targeted towards recycling.

Keep Texas Beautiful, the statewide grassroots environmental and community improvement organization and affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, strives to educate and engage Texans to take responsibility for improving their community environment. KTB works with government, businesses, civic groups, and volunteers to ensure that every Texan has the opportunity to take individual responsibility for making Texas the cleanest, most beautiful state in the nation. For more information about KTB, call 1-800-CLEAN-TX or visit www.ktb.org.

For more than 100 Years, H-E-B has been an innovative retailer. Known for its fresh food, quality products and convenient services, H-E-B strives to provide the best customer experience at every day low prices. Based in San Antonio, H-E-B employs more than 60,000 Partners and serves millions of customers in more than 150 communities throughout Texas and Mexico. For more information about H-E-B, please visit www.heb.com..






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