Also in Your Town: Recycle your Christmas tree to help beautify the city.
Charlie, an African Grey, who was featured in the Observer in fall 2017, has now been seizure free since Sept. 24, 2017, thanks in part to community support to fund the bird’s treatment, said Trudy Tappan, who cares for him. Charlie still takes medicine daily, but just one medicine which is keeping him healthy. Because of his medication regimen, he is housed in the private home of the Baiata Bird Sanctuary president. Charlie is active and enjoying life, making all sorts of new sounds and listening to all types of music. He has a female African Grey companion, but they live in separate cages. Both are older birds, but delightful, and they thoroughly enjoy each other's company.
“I want to thank all of you who contributed to Charles wellness by your thoughts, prayers, and contributions,” said Tappan in an email.
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Recycle your Christmas tree
Mark your calendars now for the Palm Coast holiday tradition that preserves the environment and beautifies the city: the annual Christmas tree-recycling event on Saturday, Jan. 5.
Recycle your Christmas tree and receive a free three-gallon evergreen tree in exchange (while supplies last) at the city’s 12th-annual event, which will be 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Palm Coast Fuel Depot, 22 Utility Drive.
DVD and CD players, keyboards, old wires, cell phones and Christmas tree lights will also be accepted for recycling. No TVs, microwaves, or computer monitors.
This year, there will also be a free paper-shredding service offered, so bring your old documents for professional shredding. Items that can be accepted include: staples, paper clips, spiral notebooks, expired credit cards, check books, folders with small prongs with small amounts of metal/plastic. Unacceptable items include: batteries, three-ring binders, binder clips, hard drives, X-rays and large amounts of metal/plastic. Shredded materials will be recycled, with the ink and color removed to produce new paper towels, tissues, etc.
All trees donated for recycling will be ground and used as mulch to beautify the parks and trails across Palm Coast. Residents should remove all decorations, lights, tinsel and ornaments from trees prior to donation.
Palm Coast woman receives high honors
Flagler County Republican Executive Committee Chairwoman Joanne Updegrave recognized Alison Rimer of Palm Coast for her tireless contributions to the Republican Party awarding her the highest recognition ever bestowed to a Republican Party volunteer in the county’s history, according to a press release. Rimer was awarded the “volunteer of the year” award by the Flagler County Republican Executive Committee. Updegrave also announced that Rimer was notified that she had been nominated to be included on the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s Ronald Reagan Wall of Honor.
The award ceremony for Rimer followed elections by the members of Flagler County Republican Executive Committee of its new officers for 2019-2020 re-electing as Chairwoman Joanne Updegrave, Treasurer Debbie Meeker, and, Secretary Cathy Carey. Robert Updegrave was newly elected as Vice Chairman.
'Toys for Joy'
Alabaster Minstries hosted “Toys for Joy” teen outreach for Christmas on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Flagler Palm Coast High School. The ministry provided gifts and dinner was donated by Golden Corral. It was a festive night with Palm Coast Community Choir, karaoke games and lots of giveaways gifts for teens and their families. Spoken word was performed by Gabriella Monet, with hip-hop flavor on the meaning of “love.” This outreach was done in partnership with local Palm Coast businesses, including Mayor Robinson of Bunnell, Chanfrau and Chanfrau, Katz and Green Law Office, Palm Coast Methodist Church, Tomaka Eye Associates, Tranquility Senior Care and many more.
Celebrating the season at ISTC
On Friday, Dec. 14, Imagine School at Town Center’s Imagine Nation Theater presented a double feature: “The Nutcracker Suite” (A mini musical based on Tchaikovsky's famous ballet) and a reader’s theater version of “A Christmas Carol – The Auditions,” complete with audience participation and a finale where the story was retold faster and backwards.