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May 1, 2013

NEWS AND TRIBUNE LETTERS — For May 1

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— Don Savage, President of Indiana Federation National Active & Retired Federal Employees Association

 

Organizer offers thanks to clean up volunteers

 

  On Saturday, April 27, spring cleaning and beautification for New Albany was possible because of about 75 volunteers who were willing to get their hands dirty and make a difference in the community. We are so grateful they gave up their Saturday morning to clean, weed, plant, mulch, fill planters, and in general, beautify downtown New Albany. This was an initiative of Keep New Albany Clean and Green in partnership with Develop New Albany, and it was inspiring to see the community come together to make this happen.

Here are the accomplishments by the by the numbers: 530 petunias, 120 sweet potato vines, 60 geraniums, 30 lantana and 12 roses were all planted. Two hundred bags of mulch were spread. Thousands of weeds we pulled. Sixty planters were filled with flowers around the downtown area. They look great. Thanks to the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana, Horseshoe Foundation and Samtec for providing the necessary funds to do this. Thank you MainSource Bank for donuts, coffee and water to support the volunteers and sincere appreciation goes to the many volunteers who worked so hard to make it happen. Thanks to Girl Scout Daisy Troop #1329 from the first grade at Floyds Knobs Elementary and their parents for helping beautify the Veterans Memorial on Market Street. Also to County Commissioner Mark Seabrook and City Council members Diane Benedetti and Shirley Baird, thanks for their hard work and leadership.

The city has come such a long way in the past few years but there is still so much more that can be done to make New Albany even better. Working together for the common good is critical for a great community. Thanks for those who are willing to make a difference!  

— Jerry Finn, Board Vice President, Keep New Albany Clean and Green

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