Realtor seeks to 'rock' Murrysville with positive encouragement
As a local realtor, Elaine Yarabinetz is moving Murrysville one house at a time.
These days, however, she's also trying to do it one heart at a time.
"You never know when someone will need a positive pick-me-up in their life," she said.
Yarabinetz recently created the "Murrysville ROCKS!" page on Facebook, and is encouraging residents to paint or otherwise decorate a rock with a positive, uplifting message, then place it somewhere in the community for others to find.
"Anyone can do it," she said. "You don't have to be an artist."
The page recently topped 350 "likes," and is peppered with photos of various painted rocks people have placed or found in the municipality. Another page, " Rock the Ville ," is also active, with members doing the same thing after finding painted rocks while vacationing in Florida.
These local efforts are an offshoot of the Kindness Rocks Project, started in Cape Cod, Mass., by resident Mary Murphy (see info box for more on its history).
Yarabinetz decided to take the "Murrysville ROCKS!" page and its mission public with a booth at the Murrysville Farmers Market, as well as one at this year's Concert in the Park in Murrysville
Little did she know, Murrysville Parks and Recreation Director Carly Greene was coming back from her vacation with the same idea.
"I was at Camp LeJeune and they told me that Jacksonville, N.C., is alive and well with the same program," Greene said. "I came back here and told everyone we're painting rocks and hiding them in Murrysville. They all kind of said, 'OK,' and probably thought I'd lost it."
When Greene told her staff about the program, she found out that it was under way.
"You can find them anywhere, whether you're at the store buying gas, walking into a building, or just out in the open," Greene said.
Yarabinetz said she plans to buy some supplies and host a few rock-painting parties. Greene said something similar is under consideration by the parks and recreation department.
"Our goal is to get the word out and help spread that kindness," Greene said.
Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2862, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @MurrysvilleStar.