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Believe in Connellsville seeks volunteers to help with clean-up effort on Saturday

| Monday, May 12, 2014, 6:24 p.m.

Believe In Connellsville wants to make sure Connellsville is clean and inviting when visitors arrive in town on May 24 for the annual Geranium Festival.

The local volunteer organization is hosting a cleanup on Saturday.

It is encouraging the community to pitch in and help.

“Any area groups, organizations, families and individuals are most welcome to join us. Our efforts will be concentrated on the Downtown area. We want to spruce things up for the Geranium Festival being held the following Saturday,” said Susan McCarthy, BIC member.

Volunteers should meet in front of ArtWorks at 10 a.m.

Bring gloves and brooms, tools, weed eaters, shovels and rakes.

“We also hope that they will need to bring sunscreen. We would like to have good weather so we can get a lot accomplished,” said McCarthy.

BIC organized a number of cleanups in the spring and summer last year. Trash was collected. Weeds were pulled. Flowers were uncovered and the group was pleased with the results.

“BIC is a grassroots organization wanting to see the best for Connellsville and keep interest going in all things new and improved. Our membership has grown and members are enthusiastic. This is an opportunity for everyone to show pride in our city. I encourage everyone to volunteer, groups and individuals alike,” said Andrea Joy-Guth, BIC member.

“We expect to hold additional cleanup events in upcoming months. This one is timed specifically a week before the Geranium Festival because the garden club members put forth a lot of effort for their event. We congratulate them on bringing such a nice festival to our community for this, the 10th year. BIC wants to be sure that Connellsville is showcased in a positive way. Many visitors travel to Connellsville to attend the Geranium Festival on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend each year. It's a chance for everyone to see all the good things that are happening, like the opening of the canteen and the Aaron's building construction,” added McCarthy.

For more information, visit the Believe In Connellsville Facebook page.

Nancy Henry is a contributing writer.

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