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Projects to bring beauty planned this Saturday

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By Stephen Thomas

MOUNT WASHINGTON - Local volunteers plan to perform the equivalent of a facelift to the community.

The Bullitt County Operation Bright and Beautiful program is scheduled to begin Saturday, April 18, around the three largest cities.

Event co-chairperson Ruth Chowning said the event gave volunteers an organized opportunity to touch up the community.

“We have several places where we want to clean,” she said.

Operation Bright and Beautiful was organized as a way to keep the community free of litter and debris while also taking time to add greenery. The group began to meet over a year ago with a collection of members from various businesses and organizations.

Saturday’s event are the first of a three-part summer series, the others taking place in May and June, respectively.

Chowning said volunteers in the Mount Washington would meet in the First Baptist Church parking lot near the memorial fountain.

Depending on the number of volunteers, the group will remove litter from the roadside near the Highway 31E business district, remove tree limbs from the triangle area near the 31E bypass, clean the ditch near Highland Memorial Gardens and the area near ValuMarket.

“A lot of this helps to alleviate part of the Adopt-a-Highway program,” Chowning said.

Operation Bright and Beautiful volunteers in the Hillview area will meet at the Old Winn Dixie parking lot off of Preston Highway.

Co-coordinator Judy Gardner said the volunteers will determine work based on how many arrive.

“We’ll see if we do one big project or several small projects,” she said. “We’ll also discuss future pet projects that anyone is aware of.”

A third group will meet in the Shepherdsville area.

Volunteers will be provided with “grabbers” to pick up trash, along with bright orange safety vests. Each volunteer must be at least 16 years of age or under adult supervision.

Volunteers are cautioned to wear proper shoes. Chowning advised against flip flops or other loose footwear.

Chowning reminded that the events were great opportunities for groups such as Scouts or church teen clubs to complete community service projects in a safe and supervised atmosphere.

Operation Bright and Beautiful is scheduled to begin Saturday at 9 a.m. A make-up day was scheduled for April 25 in the event of inclement weather.

Future Operation Bright and Beautiful events have been scheduled for Saturday, May 30, and Saturday, June 27.

For more information about the upcoming Operation Bright and Beautiful events call Ruth Chowning, 492-0896, Judy Gardner, 931-4578, or Depp Rasner, 744-4190.