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February 1, 2007

Albany - Volunteers from around Albany and Dougherty County are honored for their work to clean up the environment. Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful started in 1986 with about 4500 volunteers. Today, there are more than 50,000 volunteers that help throughout the year.

Students from Turner Elementary School applauded those efforts today. Miller Brewing helps with clean up by supporting the storm drainage project. Chris Thelen says, "The environment is important to everyone of us and it's important to our business and so it's important to our employees as well. Especially when you talk clean water, which water is a major component of the beer process. But we want to help our community most of all."

Here are some highlights for the year: 57 tons of debris were removed from roadways, 11 graffiti sites were painted over, 32 trees were planted and more then 80,000 pounds of electronics were collected. In total, volunteers donated more than 630,000 hours in service this year.

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