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Keep Mandeville Beautiful

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The City of Mandeville

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Mandeville has been chosen for three reasons, according to Keep America Beautiful Program Director Carrie Gallagher Sussman: the exemplary program leadership of Debra Lala, director of Keep Mandeville Beautiful; Keep America Beautiful's goal of involving a community in this region of the country; and local business and community leadership, all of whom value the attention that will be given to this particular aspect of Keep America Beautiful's effort to educate communities about litter prevention.

Lala and Paula Kelly-Meiners, chairman of the Board of KMB, have stated they are thrilled to have this opportunity to include their own city in the national program's research.
If your local business is interested in participating or finding out more about this program, call Lala at 624-3165.

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Debra Lala, director for Keep Mandeville Beautiful ,said she is excited about Mandeville Public Works having its Waterfest festival in conjunction with the cleanup this year.

"Keep Mandeville Beautiful is expanding to new heights," said Lala.

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"We are trying to teach citizens of all ages that litter is an individual responsibility," KMB Director Debra Lala said.

Saturday's event will end at noon and will be followed by a celebration picnic with food, drink and music at the gazebo.For more information concerning this event please Lala at 624-3165.

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As part of the pilot program, Keep Mandeville Beautiful Director Debra Lala agreed to take pictures of cigarette butts on the ground and to count the number of butts collected out of the receptacles.

The program will end at the end of this month, and the pictures taken and the information compiled will be presented at the Keep America Beautiful conference in December.
Lala said cigarette butts are a major cause of litter in Mandeville, much like they are in cities and communities throughout the nation.
"Littering is against the law, whether it is a cigarette butt or a piece of trash," Lala, said, adding many people do not realize they are littering when they through their butt down.
She said those cigarette butts really start to pile up especially at "transition points," points where a person must make a transition from outside into a place where smoking is not allowed.
Lala said a lot of cigarette butts gather outside restaurant doorways.
"People have got to let cigarettes go out of their hands, and if there are no receptacles it's going on the ground," she said.
This is why Lala is trying to inform the public about cigarette butts.
Keep America Beautiful sent Keep Mandeville Beautiful $2,000 to be used for public service announcements.
In addition to the receptacles put up on the Lakefront, Keep Mandeville Beautiful has also put up the slogan "Cigarette Butts are Litter Too" on the two electronic signs in Mandeville and on the water bills that go out to Mandeville residents.
There is also an advertisement running on the local government cable channel.
Lala has also used court appointed community service workers to collect cigarette butt litter off the streets.
She is also trying to get area businesses to put out a place for people to put their cigarette butts when they enter the businesses.
Lala is applying for a Keep Louisiana Beautiful grant for $1,500, and she hopes to use the money to purchase, among other things, 20 more cigarette butt receptacles.
She said the people are using the ones available, but there are not enough of them.

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From left are Gwen Emich, director of Keep Baton Rouge Beautiful; Pam Kimball, Department of Environment state director of Keep Louisiana Beautiful; Mandeville Mayor Eddie Price; Debra Lala, director of Keep Mandeville Beautiful; and Leigh Harris, director of Keep Louisiana Beautiful.

Debra Lala, director of KMB, awarded each board member with a President's Call to Service Award and a letter signed by President George Bush in recognition and appreciation of their commitment to strengthening the nation and for making a difference through volunteer service.
When Lala was asked by Pam Kimball, Department of Environment state director of Keep Louisiana Beautiful, what was the success to the KMB Program, Lala replied, "Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it."
When Lala was asked by Pam Kimball, Department of Environment state director of Keep Louisiana Beautiful, what was the success to the KMB Program, Lala replied, "Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it."
"We have a mayor that gets as excited about our work as we do," said Lala, "and we work together as a community."

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