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Aberdeen to assemble PR, 'green' committees

Aberdeen could soon have two new committees: a communication committee and a "green team." City council members said Monday they hoped to assemble the two initiatives, discussed at a recent retreat, using volunteer power.

Mayor Mike Bennett recently ran a newsletter called Bennett's Buzz, but said that had fallen by the wayside after a staff member who produced it left for college.

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The city wants to put out a bimonthly newsletter and is looking for volunteers who could write articles or take photos for it.

"We're looking for some folks that would like to help us put articles and information together to show what things are going on in the city of Aberdeen," Bennett said. "If you're interested in doing those things for the city, please get ahold of city hall and let us know your name and what you'd like to do."

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The city will also assemble a green team, similar to one in Havre de Grace.

Bennett noted he was one of the founding mayors of the Sustainable Maryland certification, a program that generated a drawn-out controversy for the Havre de Grace City Council in recent months.

Bennett said: "The city is part of a program, Sustainable Maryland Certified. We're looking to get a green team together to help us look through all the requirements for being a sustainable community."

The group would probably not have more than 10 members, he said after the meeting.

City Manager Doug Miller added: "If this communications committee can be put together, that would probably yield a better product… and get us more diverse sort of articles."

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