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Biloxi's Town Green Showing True Colors

It's the finishing touch to Biloxi's revitalized Town Green.

"The town of Biloxi is certainly deserving of a Reading Garden and some help," says Barbara Hastings, Marketing Manager for Troy-Bilt Lawn and Garden Products. "And we're glad we could come down and help make a difference to this community."

The Lawn and Garden products company chose Biloxi as the first of 9 U.S. cities receiving Reading Gardens, as part of the Troy-Bilt Landscapes America Program . A spot Hastings says will provide an oasis of green amid this sea of destruction.

"They can come down while they're toiling a block behind us where it's rubble and not so nice to look at, and come down and see that things can come back and things will look better again and that people care and people want to help."

Those people include the producers of the reality TV makeover show "Junk'd " who helped in resoding and repairing the sprinkler system, and Yates Construction who rebuilt the historic shoo fly in the center of the reading garden.

"I thought it was a pie," Hastings said of the Shoo-Fly. "But it's a beautiful structure."

It's a sweet sight for Debbie Sellers of Ocean Springs.

"We have a beautiful town green now where we can once again gather and share," says Hastings. "It's a feeling of peace that we're moving forward."

A feeling shared by Jerry Zimmerman of Bay Saint Louis, who lost his home in the storm, but not his hope.

"Where I live there's nothing but brown, dead trees," says Zimmerman. "Just to see this little bit of a spot of green just brings back a lot of hope."

And hope is the one thing Hastings says there is an abundance of in South Mississippi.

"They're so positive in such a trying environment and willing to come back, so we're honored that we can be a part of making this town better than it was."

by Don Culpepper

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