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Welcoming Committee sets city-wide clean up as priority project for April

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By Donald Richie

When looking at the survey results from Harrison County Tomorrow, welcoming climate committee co-leader Pat Slade noticed one issue kept coming to the forefront.

"Making our town better was described in two very common words, 'clean up,'" Slade said while reading a draft of a letter Monday night at the committee's meeting. "Just those two words were expressed and repeated at least 143 times."

The committee is planning to host a community clean up for downtown Cynthiana.

The event is slated for Saturday, April 5, and Sunday, April 6. Times are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

If the weather is bad, the clean up will be rescheduled for the next weekend, April 12 and 13.

Susan Bramel, who is the committee's other co-leader, said a weekend schedule would allow for young people to get involved in cleaning up downtown.

"I really would like to see a bunch of school kids out there doing this, too," she said.

Committee member Sandra Zumwalt said the event will coincide well with the Raggedy Ann Festival, which is April 19.

"It would be nice to have [downtown] nice looking for the Raggedy Ann Festival," she said.

Participation can be by individuals or by teams, but youth groups must have adult supervision.

Necessary items include brooms, dustpans, gloves, buckets, drinking water and a wheelbarrow. Slade also suggested bringing a flat shovel.

Slade said Cynthiana City Commissioner Jimmy New has offered trash bags and dump trucks or dumpsters for the clean up.

Anyone interested should pre-register with Slade at 234-8516 or fellow committee member Karen Creger at 588-9356.

"We need some commitment from people," said Bramel.

A booth will be in the parking lot on Main Street, across from Court Street, for registration and assignments.

Free movie passes to Rohs Opera House will be given to those who help, but they must sign in and sign out in order to receive them.