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Believe In Connellsville pursues cleanup efforts

| Monday, July 29, 2013, 1:26 a.m.

As the Believe In Connellsville members continue to tackle cleanup in the city, they have seen an increase in participation at the scheduled work sessions. Weather, heat and rain have not deterred the group from making noticeable improvements.

“The cleanup efforts are gathering momentum,” said BIC member Judy Keller. “There have been donations of gloves, weed spray, garbage bags, even equipment, and those who are hard at work appreciate the support of passers-by as well.”

“People are taking notice of the progress,” said BIC member Greg Lincoln. “We appreciate the support of those who are driving by. We've had quite a few thumbs up. Our city has so many beautiful attributes. We want to do our best to keep them presentable.”

Tuesday is the organization's next cleanup.

“We will meet at 6 p.m. in the block by Dr. (Joseph) Chomiak's dental office and the city parking lot next to City Church,” Keller said. “We will move forward down North Pittsburgh Street, cleaning weeds and hopefully putting decorative landscape rocks around ornamental trees.

“We welcome anyone to join us to help and encourage them to bring others.”

Children and adults of all ages have been volunteering.

“It's a sad thing to be driving into your hometown on the busiest streets and see how poorly landscaped they look. BIC is making an effort to gentrify some of the areas, like Pittsburgh Street, that are in the most need of attention,” BIC member Christopher Mickey said. “So far, we have made a lot of headway downtown and look forward to continuing our efforts north along Pittsburgh Street.”

He said it's really rewarding to sit back and see how nice things look once a project is completed.

“It's great to be part of such a conscientious and proactive group and to be able to give just a little bit back to my hometown. We couldn't have pulled off any of these cleanup projects without the help of Anthony Lembo, who organized them and coordinates our efforts,” Mickey added.

Nancy Henry is a contributing writer.

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