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Harker Heights Evening Star
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Branching Out

Branching Out

Saturday, Nolanville started their weekend off with the third annual Trash Dash by Keep Nolanville Beautiful. The event kicked off with the recycle center ribbon cutting ceremony. Following the trash dash was the R.E. Cavazos Elementary Parent Teacher Organization’s annual Cheetah Spring Craft Fair and Crawfish Boil. Pet vaccinations and registration also went on at city hall.

The trash dash was sponsored by Nolanville Economic Development Corporation.

“One of the grants had to do with Keep Texas Beautiful and it’s paid off. The city looks a lot better, a lot cleaner…The city has finally got its feet underneath it,” said Colleen Smith, president of the Economic Development Corporation.

The trash pick-up is part of the initiative of Keep Nolanville Beautiful to improve economic development through public awareness and beautification.

“It’s really important. It shows a civic pride, a pride for your community. It’s a progressive action, trying to do something with the trash and helping the recycle center,” Jason Liddell of the 504 Military Intelligence Brigade.

The event had a raffle and prizes awarded for the most: collected, unusual, smallest, largest, and youngest volunteer.

“I think it went pretty well because we picked up a lot of trash and helped the Earth,” said Joshua Liddell, 11.

The trash dash also provided the spotlight for the opening of the new recycling center, located on 100 N. Main St.

Nolanville and ENCATUS from Central Texas College, worked together, transforming an abandoned warehouse into a self-sustaining center.

“Within the first month, we’ve recycled over seven tons of material and reduced methane emissions by 10 percent in the local landfill. That’s a huge impact in this community. We are very excited about it. Our long term goal is to create a job opportunity,” said Kristine Tolan, president of ENACTUS.

The ribbon cutting ceremony also included an art gallery inside the center, featuring works of art by local artists and artist Joan Kelly, of Copperas Cove who helped paint the center’s mural.

“It’s with the help of the community that we were able to get this accomplished.  Their participation is what really made it successful,” said Tolan.

After the trash pick-up, over 300 pounds of crawfish were cooked and over a dozen vendors were present for Cavazos’s annual fundraiser.

“We usually have it at our school, but this year we decided we wanted to be tied in with this event.” Rebecca Escobar, president of Cavazos PTO.

The money raised will go towards a new track for the elementary school.

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Shannon is a military spouse and lived the majority of her life in Washington State. She is currently studying to become a nurse. She enjoys spending her time with her spouse, two dogs, and friends. Her interests are centered around fitness, painting, coffee, and the outdoors.

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