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Updated: 05/18/2014 08:00:05AM

White named Citizen of the Year

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Alice White, founder of People for Trees, has been named the North Port Sun Citizen of the Year. White is pictured along North Salford Boulevard, where she and People for Trees have planted more than 400 street trees, including the elms in the right of the photo.

The Girl Scouts of Troop 86 recently planted a tree donated by People for Trees for Earth Day at the Tamiami Trail Tree Walk, which People for Trees first installed in 2004. Pictured with the Scouts are Troop Leader Julia Hirtzel and People for Trees chairwoman and founder, Alice White.

Alice White guides 7-year-old Alistair MacIsaac as he prepares to add cake batter into cupcake tins, while fellow junior chef students Emma Laidler, 8, and Alexis Lohr, 7, wait their turn, during a recent cooking class at White's home.


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NORTH PORT — Since 1997, Alice White has helped to plant more than 1,000 trees in the city. That doesn’t account for the hundreds sold each year in the 14 years that People for Trees, the group she heads and founded, held a tree festival. For this reason, among others, White recently was named the North Port Sun Citizen of the Year for 2014.

In January, the city bowed out of bestowing the annual Citizen of the Year award, last given to Patriot Self Storage manager Jill Luke. City Community Outreach Manager Erin Bryce said at the time that North Port officials believed the process to select the Citizen of the Year “seemed flawed.” As a result, the Sun picked up the torch of selecting North Port’s Citizen of the Year. The Sun received 14 nominations, and a committee, including Luke, named White the winner.

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