Pharos-Tribune

Local News

April 28, 2013

Spring cleaning

Downtown Green and Clean day sees more than 100 volunteers

LOGANSPORT — More than 100 volunteers descended upon the streets of downtown Logansport yesterday for some spring cleaning as a part of the city’s annual Downtown Green and Clean Day.

The event is organized by downtown revitalization organization Logan’s Landing. Becki Harris, the organization’s director, said a clean downtown creates a positive first impression for those visiting the city.

“I feel downtown is the front door of the community,” Harris said. “I often go further and say it’s the welcome mat.”

Harris added a spruced-up downtown goes on to let visitors know citizens take pride in their town.

“Even if people are just driving through, it’s almost like subliminal advertising that this is a community that cares,” she said. “If trash is blowing around, why would you want to stop?”

About 106 volunteers came out for the event from more than 10 organizations, including the Logansport Fire Department, Ivy Tech Community College and its honor society Phi Theta Kappa, Royal Center United Methodist Church, Girl Scouts, Logansport Municipal Utilities, Family Opportunity Center, Cass-Pulaski Community Corrections, Buffalo Wild Wings, Revolution Community Church, Vineyard Community Church and Logansport High School’s dance team, the Berryettes.

Using gloves provided by Peak Community Services and the United Way of Cass County and bags provided by McCord’s Do-It Best, Inc., volunteers picked up trash, trimmed trees, pulled weeds and swept sidewalks, stopping occasionally for a bottle of water provided by Logansport Savings Bank.

Branden Scott, youth pastor at Royal Center United Methodist Church, came out with a group of the congregation’s youth Saturday.

“The younger they are, when you get them involved, they get a desire to do it as they get older too,” he said, pausing from sweeping the sidewalk along Fourth Street near the Iron Horse Depot.

Employees with Ivy Tech Community College and members of the school’s honor society Phi Theta Kappa went up and down both sides of Market Street between Eighth and Third streets, picking up cigarette butts, pulling weeds, sweeping sidewalks and trimming trees and bushes.

Brenda Hamilton, a financial aid associate at Ivy Tech, agreed that helping to clean the area provided volunteers with a greater sense of ownership of the town.

“Being from here, I’m used to seeing whether or not the streets are clean,” she said.

Kelsey Hendrickson, a server at Buffalo Wild Wings, came out with some of her coworkers to help tidy up Third Street downtown.

“I wanted to get out in the community, help out, be in the weather, hang out with good friends and be productive on a Saturday morning,” she said.

Members of Vineyard Community Church could be found along East Broadway, sweeping up sidewalks and pulling weeds underneath trees.

“Downtown is important to the entire community,” said Glinda Whitham, outreach leader at the church, as she hauled a bag of yard waste. “We just want to help make it look nice and more appealing.”

Harris said she was thankful for the volunteers’ efforts, which led to more than 90 bags of yard waste, six bags of trash, one recycling tote and one dump truck full of loose brush.

“We’re very, very grateful for the volunteers,” she said. “Lots come back year after year. It speaks volumes. They’re obviously getting something out of this.”

Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or mitchell.kirk@pharostribune.com.

 

For more on this story and other local news, subscribe to The Pharos-Tribune eEdition, or our print edition

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • NWS-PT042114 fema relief 1.jpg No relief in sight: FEMA decisions frustrate leaders KOKOMO -- Pamela Jackson thought she was lucky to escape harm as a tornado bore down on her neighborhood last November. She huddled in a bathroom with her two disabled sons, critically ill husband and six other family members as the twister blew out

    April 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • Panel to talk public power Wednesday Three men with careers in and backgrounds with the energy industry will speak about public power at a Wednesday event organized by opponents of Logansport's power plant project. The free event was organized by the Citizens' Alliance for Responsible E

    April 21, 2014

  • Email, Internet knocked out at Miami Co. Courthouse PERU -- Basic government services were put on hold for the second time in nearly two months in Miami County after a massive server failure once again knocked out Internet and email access in most departments and offices. The crash hit early the week

    April 21, 2014

  • Grant will increase technology at Ivy Tech The Logansport campus of Ivy Tech Community College along with high schools and career centers in the area stand to see benefits in industrial technology education from a multi-million-dollar grant recently awarded by the federal government. The U.S.

    April 21, 2014

  • NWS-PT042014 Monk String-MAK Local Lao-Thai celebration brings 'new year, new life' Five Buddhist monks sat cross-legged on the stage of the Cass County Memorial Home Saturday morning, draped in orange robes, their hair cropped close to their heads. Those in attendance sat and knelt on rugs before them, many wearing sashes over thei

    April 20, 2014 3 Photos

  • Hospital CEO calls for growth Logansport Memorial Hospital's president and CEO said the facility will continue with its goals for growth in his State of the Hospital address Friday. Among the hospital's goals for 2013 were to preserve existing net revenues and resources, achieve

    April 20, 2014

  • NWS-PT042014 ballistics vest.jpg Protective investment: Family donates dog's bulletproof vest A local family recently donated a bulletproof vest to protect the Cass County Sheriff's Department's new canine, Kurby. Dr. Gerhardt Winkel III, his wife Stephanie and their children Elizabeth and Benjamin donated the vest because Kurby is a Belgian

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS-PT042014 miami co crash.jpg Two injured in Miami County crash PERU -- Two people were injured Thursday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of U.S. 24 and Ind. 19. According to a preliminary crash investigation by Indiana State Police, Rachael Pegg, 23, Mexico, was driving a 2002 Oldsmobile Intr

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS-PT042014 smith retirement.jpg Pastor retiring after 36 years After 36 years at Logansport First Church of the Nazarene, the Rev. Dr. Horace Smith thinks it's time to call it quits. Smith is preaching his last sermon next Sunday as the church's pastor. He and wife Linda Smith plan to remain in Logansport, which

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police blotter: April 19, 2014 Have a tip? Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS. Information leading to an arrest or conviction could lead to a reward of up to $1,000.

    April 19, 2014

Featured Ads
More pharostribune.com
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Poll

Should mushroom hunters be allowed to forage off-trail in Indiana state parks?

Yes
No
Undecided
     View Results
eEdition