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Ready to clean up

Friday, May 2, 2003

Veda Bussing of the Meridian-Forest Historic District (left), with Jan Stapp from the Brazil Business Women of Vision and Mayor Kenny Crabb are ready to start cleaning up. The old Davis Building on U.S. 40 and Meridian Street will be just one of the targeted projects during Neighborhood Beautification Week.

Mayor Kenny Crabb has proclaimed the week of May 3-10 as "Neighborhood Beautification Week". Getting neighborhoods, business and government working together is the goal.

"There's no limit to what can be accomplished if we don't care who gets the credit," said Jan Stapp of the Brazil Business Women of Vision. "We just want to work together."

Sponsored by the Meridian-Forest Historic District and Brazil Business Women of Vision, leaders hope to make a positive impact on the lives of Brazil residents, working together to improve the quality of the environment and foster pride in the community.

"We hope to make Brazil more inviting to people who come into our town," said Veda Bussing of the District.

Beautifying Brazil is not a new concept. The Brazil Times archives show reports dating back to 1924 of Brazil sponsoring an annual clean-up campaign. Back then the National Clean-Up and Paint-Up Week started with a parade of the High School band and corps with students of the Junior High School following carrying rakes, hoses, shovels, brooms and other cleaning implements. They carried banners urging every one to get busy and clean up their premises.

The ladies representing the Neighborhood Beautification Week in 2003 thought starting the project with a parade might be a goal for them in the future. But now they hope people will parade their pride in their property.

They encourage each resident and business owner to enhance the appearance, character and quality of their home, place of work and neighborhood by gathering litter, mowing and trimming property, painting, landscaping, planting flowers and removing large trash items and abandoned vehicles.

Meridian-Forest Historic District will be canvassing their neighborhood introducing "Block Buddies" encouraging residents to become involved with the Historic District efforts.

The Block Buddy program will have a resource leader for each block where residents can call to get help or ideas. They may even provide some hands-on labor if residents are physically unable to clean up their property.

Volunteers or anyone wanting to establish a "Block Buddy" program in their own neighborhood may call Veda Bussing at 448-8595 or Jan Stapp at 442-1423 for assistance.

One project on the list for Neighborhood Beautification Week is the old Davis Building at the corner of U.S. 40 and Meridian Street. The structure used to house the Davis Trust Bank, the offices of Dr. Wood, dentists Dr. John Pell and Dr. Raleigh Phillips and Oehler's Five and Dime Store.

Stapp said they have already cleaned out junk, had the windows washed by professionals and put some decorations in the store front. They hope to paint the building, also, but may need more help.

Business owners on Historic Main Street are encouraged to wash and dress windows.

"During this week, local garden centers are offering a discount on selected merchandise," Stapp added. "Just mention "Neighborhood Beautification Week".

The elderly and physically challenged are asked to call City Hall with projects they are unable to accomplish. Volunteers are available.

Money to fund the beautification projects comes from residents and grants. Also, much help is still needed and for individuals or organizations wanting to do a community service project, this is a great venture. Anyone who would like to donate money, material or labor may contact Stapp at 442-1423, Bussing at 448-8595 or Vickie Mace at 443-1844.

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