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Finish this sentence: Let's make 2009 the year of the . . .

Columbia Mayor Bob Coble has declared 2009 the Year of the Tree.

And Columbia Green, to celebrate its 25th anniversary, is offering a $25,000 grant program to plant more canopy trees in the city.

You can apply for a tree grant at columbiagreen.org.

The first tree, a laurel oak, was planted Thursday in the Celia Saxon neighborhood — where neighborhood president Bobby Brown christened it the “tree of hope.”

— Adam Beam

Thinking about South Carolina in the upcoming 11 months, what you like to declare as the defining attribute of 2009?

Use the comment form below to finish this sentence:

"I proclaim 2009 in South Carolina to be the Year of . . ."

Have fun, but please note we reserve the right to delete profane, vulgar and other remarks readers might consider objectionable.

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