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Do you have ideas on how to enhance Black Mountain? Do you need money to do it? The Black Mountain Beautification Committee wants to help.

The 2016 Seed Money Award(s) will be given to applicants who submit a project that best exemplifies the committee’s mission - honoring the natural beauty of the surrounding mountains while seeking to reflect that beauty on the streets and in the lives of the citizens. The deadline to apply is March 7.

The focus of the work must be gardening-related, within Black Mountain, and something that adds a little extra to the town.

“Gardening-related” can have a broad view. It can involve a project that teaches children about growing vegetables. It can be about planting a garden, weeding, deadheading or leading a group to pick up litter along U.S. 70. The committee encourages applicants to use their imagination.

The awards - not to exceed $600 in total - come from proceeds raised at the Black Mountain Garden Show and Sale.

The committee created the award in 2014, and since its inception six people/organizations have received money. Last year one of the three award winners was the Third Grade Reading Room at Black Mountain Primary School. With the guidance of their teachers, the third-graders put together a budget, designed an outdoor reading space, planted annuals and perennials and made sun catchers. They learned, they had fun and they created a beautiful space.

To receive an application, visit the beautification committee’s website - blackmountainbeautification.org - visit its Facebook page or email it at blackmountainbeautifi-

cation@gmail.com.

In addition, Mellie Mac’s Garden Shack (304 W. State St.), Town Hall and the Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce have applications.

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