Friday, May 18, 2001

Green thumbs needed for project

By Jenny Callison
Enquirer Contributor

        MIDDLETOWN - Got a green thumb and a little extra time?

        Keep Middletown Beautiful Inc. is looking for volunteers who want to help their community blossom this summer. Through a new program, Operation Bright Spot, individuals and groups will select, plant and maintain sites throughout Middletown.

        “We're trying to get our residents to be able and willing to take responsibility for the appearance of our city,” said Della Ewalt, executive director of Keep Middletown Beautiful, a nonprofit agency that administers the city's beautification, recycling and litter removal programs. “Statistics show that where you have flowers planted, there tends to be less litter.”

        Volunteers can sign up this week for one of more than 40 sites or one of 10 large planters. Then, at 10 a.m. Saturday, project participants will meet for a kickoff ceremony in the plaza by the City Building. Flowers have been ordered and will be ready for pickup after the ceremony, Ms. Ewalt said.

        “People should bring their own planting tools and gloves,” she added. “All participants will receive an Operation Bright Spot T-shirt in recognition of their commitment to a more beautiful city.”

        The community gardeners will be responsible for maintaining their plot through October. A sign at each location will identify the person or group caring for the site.

        The project is funded through a grant from the city of Middletown.

        For information, call Keep Middletown Beautiful at 425-7750.


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