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Residents work to beautify Register
Volunteers participate in Keep Bulloch Beautiful's Great American Cleanup
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Tonya Boyd [left] attends planting at the Register Community Park, while Laurie Pitts and Robin Brannen [right] discuss progress of the day's events. - photo by K. R. Stenborg/Special

    Inclement weather Saturday did not stop some determined Register residents from participating in Keep Bulloch Beautiful's Great American Cleanup.
    Whether weeding, planting or cleaning, numerous volunteers worked under umbrellas to accomplish a number of beautification projects for the town.
    “We're proud to see everyone who's helping,” said Tonya Boyd, member of the Register Beautification Committee who organized the event. “We've got a great town of friendly, helpful neighbors, and I just want to thank these folks.”
    The day's projects included planting vegetables in the Children's Garden, and attending a number of rights of way flower beds throughout the town.
    “We concentrated on sprucing up and augmenting our flower beds on Main Street,” said Laurie Pitts, who took responsibility for managing the Children's Garden.
    “One of our main projects is always the Children's Garden,” Pitts said.  “Whether child or adult, this spot offers fun and fresh vegetables for everyone.”
    Pitts said she'd like to see the Children's Garden be called the Community Garden.
    “It's a children's learning garden, and it's the children who plant it,” said Pitts.  “But it's the adults who care for it thereafter, and it benefits the entire community.”
    Council member Ann Ross and her daughter, Breanne, worked with Pitts in the Children's Garden.  "We learned about gardening," said Ross.  "We enjoyed it."
    Throughout the course of the day volunteers were offered a rendezvous location and respite from rain at the Register Community Center.  Emogene Rushing was there to deliver water, T-shirts and lunch, which was provided by Subway and delivered by Subway manager, Melissa Boyd.
    “Everyone did such a great job,” said Tonya Boyd.  “It's community efforts like this that make our town special and I look forward to us doing more and more throughout the year.”