A scavenger hunt, mock city council, former elected officials dinner, employees luncheon, and cleaning are all part of Thomaston’s annual Make Thomaston Shine spring citywide cleanup. The event coincides each year with Georgia Cities Week, and at the Thomaston City Council meeting Tuesday night, Make Thomaston Shine Committee Chair Patsy Perdue asked residents to follow the Georgia Cities Week theme.
“This year’s theme is the ‘Magic of Cities,’” Perdue said. “With that theme in mind, we are asking our residents to become citizen magicians by making trash disappear and flowers, shrubs and trees appear in Thomaston.
“Make Thomaston Shine was a pet project of the late Councilmember Ed Bell,” added Perdue. “In his honor, we would like to continue the tradition as a tribute to him and all of the people in our community who work so hard to make Thomaston a wonderful place to live.”
A couple of Make Thomaston Shine events have already been held, with the annual community-wife Spring Cleaning Yard Sale held last Saturday, and the winners of the “If I were Mayor, I would…” essay contest being announced Tuesday night.
In the past, the city has held a trivia contest. But this year, they are changing it to a modified scavenger hunt. Beginning on Monday, April 23, two questions will be read each day on Fun 101 FM, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Residents are encouraged to listen for the clues along with the hints. The first one to call into Fun 101 FM with the correct answer will win a gift certificate from The Potting Shed. There will be different hunt questions each day, with a total of 10 gift certificates being awarded. The contest is sponsored by the family of Ed Bell.
Also on Monday, Mayor Hays Arnold and the Thomaston City Council will hold their annual Mock City Council Meeting at Upson-Lee High School.
On Tuesday evening, April 24, there will be a Former Elected Officials/City Committee Appreciation Dinner at the Thomaston-Upson Memorial hall.
On Thursday, April 26, city employees will be honored at their annual luncheon at Greatest Generation Memorial Park.
Saturday, April 28, is the official Make Thomaston Shine clean-up day, with residents urged to clean up their properties. Veolia will have trucks stationed at spots around the city where residents can bring their trash. Call City Hall at 706-647-4242 to find a location near you.