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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Fall for Greenville, New Fire Station, Furman University, Downtown Mauldin

Fall for Greenville in 2009Greenville SC
If you're going downtown this weekend, be sure to check for road closures that are associated with the 28th annual Fall For Greenville festival. There will be plenty of music, activities, and food sampling going on that will tickle anyone's palate; 40 food vendors from local restaurants will be showcasing their wares for your pleasure. New for this year: a beer garden featuring regional brews, people's choice by texting for their favorite restaurant, a larger kids area on West Washington, and biodegradable eating utensils supporting a "Green Initiative". For more information check the website at Fall For Greenville.

New Fire Station in Southern Greenville County
Greenville SC
There's a new hi-tech fire station planned in the Matrix Business Park that will lower insurance costs and help attract new development to the area. The Matrix Park is located just off the Southern Connector at highway 25, which is a corridor of future growth into the southern portion of Greenville County. The $1.2 million station will be a first-in-the-state design to meet energy and environmental standards that include solar panels, wind generators, and a water recapture system.

Furman University Ranked a "Cool School"

Furman University is on the third annual "Cool Schools" list by making the Sierra Club's top 50 eco-friendly schools in the country. The universities are graded on efficiency, energy, food, academics, purchasing, transportation, waste management and administration. The Center for Sustainability at Furman, which coordinates the entire school’s activities in regard to long term sustainability, helped to get high marks in efficiency and waste management. The top winner in the Cool School rankings was the University of Colorado in Boulder. According to the Princeton Review, two thirds of college applicants indicate that the environmental report card influences their college choice.

Downtown Mauldin Looking Up
Greenville SC
The City of Mauldin continues their vision to revitalize the downtown area with a plan to build a Cultural Center on 14 acres just off Butler Road. Designed by Clemson University Architectural students, the plan includes a performing arts building, a veterans memorial and meditation gardens, set in a park-like setting that preserves the existing trees. The site is a former Greenville County school and the plan is to convert the auditorium into a 300 seat venue that could also function as a dinner theater.

Greenville SC Weather
Current Weather

This week should be mostly sunny with a small chance of showers and highs around 80. Looks like an increasing chance of rain for the weekend which hopefully won't put a damper on the festival downtown.

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