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New Main Street president has ideas

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

New Brazil Main Street, Inc., President Lee Lewis recently told The Brazil Times the organization has several events on its docket.

Lewis was voted in as President of the organization during its April meeting.

One of the events Lewis said the organization has planned is a "Beautification Day," scheduled for Saturday, June 2.

"We'll be cleaning downtown," Lewis said. "We will sweep the streets and pull weeds. We will do everything we can to clean the town up."

Lewis added the annual flower planter event would also take place June 2.

She said the organization has scheduled a planting day for Sunday, May 20.

Those interested in taking part should meet at the Davis Building at 1 p.m.

During that time, the planters will be filled and temporarily transported via four trailer loads to Lynch's Garden Center before they are set up.

Sponsorships for the flowerpots will be available again this year.

Cost to sponsor a flowerpot is $50.

Brazil Main Street has a total of 46 flowerpots at its disposal.

She said the organization is looking into purchasing a water system in order to water the flowerpots regularly.

"We're trying to figure out how to purchase the equipment to have them watered daily," she said.

Lewis said the organization has also started planning a fundraising event to set up trash barrels along National Avenue (United States 40) in downtown Brazil.

"My thought is we need to have trash cans," she said.

She said on Monday, the organization unanimously voted to conduct the fundraiser.

Brazil Main Street plans to purchase the barrels at a discount price from Gurman, based in Terre Haute.

Those wishing to sponsor the barrels may do so at a price of $150.

Sponsored barrels will have decals on them indicating the specific sponsor.

"We are looking for people, individuals, churches, boy scouts, girl scouts, etc., interested in advertising (on the barrels)," she said. "This is a community service we want to provide."

Lewis added the organization has talked with city officials in regard to dumping the barrels on a regular basis.

Lewis said Brazil Main Street is also planning a citywide downtown movie for June.

She said the film will be projected onto a building side, but the site nor a date and time have been determined.

"This is not a fundraiser. This is a community service project," Lewis said. "The goal is to develop community where people are out with other people."

Lewis said the organization would provide free popcorn and beverages during the event.

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I applaud Brazil Main Street for their efforts to make downtown Brazil a more attractive place to shop. However, I don't believe adding trash barrels with advertisments will do anything to add to the beautification of our town.

-- Posted by MadeByHim on Tue, May 15, 2012, at 10:09 PM

Downtown needs trash recepticles, we are a disposable society. If you get a drink at Hardee's and are walking down to shop at at, let's say blue moon, you need a place to throw your trash. It promotes foot traffic. Not so sure about the ads though, might get a little gaudy.

-- Posted by myownlittleworld1 on Wed, May 16, 2012, at 10:50 PM

I think it can be done and Lee Lewis is just the person to see it through. In reference to the other comments, who's going to pay for the trash barrels if not advertisers? Advertising is everywhere.

My question is, would the city empty the trash barrels or would the committee be responsible?

-- Posted by My Dime on Thu, May 17, 2012, at 10:31 AM

I picked up trash over at the park the other day and was shock that their was not one can in the entire park. Of coarse we need as many trash cans in Brazil as we can get.Ms Lewis is doing a good job and it's sad not many others from here are out picking up trash. Why is it that the out of towner's that take the lead.

-- Posted by Combat VET on Fri, May 18, 2012, at 12:29 PM

Kudos to the committee. Keep it up! What about maybe local artists or high schoolers paint the trash cans?

-- Posted by Unsolicitedtidbits on Tue, May 22, 2012, at 2:22 PM

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