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April 26, 2014 

From left, Tree and Land Preservation Board Chairman Frank Solinko, Ric Davis, Peter Keenan, Florida Forest Service Area Supervisor Mike Keegan, Mary Runnells, Public Works Director Claude Tankersley, Kimber Bereiter, Ingrid McClellan and Councilman Patrick Roff.PHOTO PROVIDED

New palms planted on Arbor Day

BRADENTON -- Virginia Drive has 10 new palm trees to replace those lost during recent work on some power lines at Wares Creek.

The City of Bradenton added the new trees Friday as part of National Arbor Day. They were planted at the Ninth Avenue West bridge, where some trees were lost when Florida Power & Light re-aligned its utility lines over Wares Creek.

Other tree plantings were scheduled Friday at Holmes Beach City Hall, Bayfront Park in Anna Maria, the intersection of Bridge Street and Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach and at Hidden Lake Park in Palmetto.

Ford test drive event to raise money at BCS

BRADENTON -- Bradenton Christian School and AutoNation Ford have teamed up to bring Ford Motor Co.'s Drive 4 UR School program to the school in an effort to raise up to $6,000.

For every person who test drives a new Ford vehicle at the school on May 3, AutonNation Ford and Ford Motor Co. will donate $20 to BCS, with the funds going toward the school's Technology Fundraising Campaign.

The event, which will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. will feature many Ford vehicles, including the Fusion, Focus and the electric C-MAX.

Participants must be 18 or older and have a valid driver's license. There is a limit of one test-drive per household. All test-drives will last approximately seven to 10 minutes.

Since the start of Ford's Drive 4 UR School program in 2007, more than $20 million in donations have been generated for high schools nationwide.

-- Herald staff report

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