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Main Street begins new program

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

During the monthly Brazil Main Street, Inc., meeting Monday, officials with the organization discussed the Downtown Clean Up Day, which took place June 2.

Members of the organization discussed the things that went well, as well as the aspects that needed improvement.

During the event, each team who participated was in charge of one block. The teams shoveled dirt, pulled weeds and picked up litter. Mayor Brian Wyndham and his wife drove around to each team and shoveled the piles of dirt into a truck to dispose of it.

All the members said they liked the T-shirts that were given out to those who participated. The shirts were bright orange and said, "Got trash? Not anymore. Brazil, Ind."

The members also stated they needed better promotions and advertisements to let people know about the day so they could get more participation.

"Thirty-one people cannot clean up a town," President Lee Lewis said. "You could see the next day where people worked and where they didn't."

Other improvements mentioned during the meeting included: Having specific projects and small targeted areas to complete at one time, building team recruiting, finding weed eaters and trimmers and having the event more frequently.

Lewis shared an idea of an Adopt a Block program, where teams would adopt a block of downtown for one year. That team would be dedicated to keeping their block clean.

"Once you get the dirt shoveled, it won't be that hard to maintain the block," Lewis explained. "The incentive is you have pride for your community."

Those interested in volunteering for the program should contact Stacy Gibbens at 446-0050.

Brazil Main Street has 46 flower barrels for the downtown sidewalks. The city of Brazil has agreed to water the plants daily. The organization is still looking for sponsors for the planters. To sponsor a flowerpot, the cost is $50. Checks can be made to Main Street of Brazil and are tax-deductible.

Another sponsorship opportunity involves trash barrels. Brazil Main Street has eight trashcans that are painted and four at Clover Signs being finished.

The trash barrels will be set up along National Avenue (United States 40) in downtown Brazil. The city of Brazil and community service workers will empty the trashcans. So far, the organization has four sponsors. Those wishing to sponsor a barrel may do so at a price of $150. Sponsored barrels will have decals indicating the specific sponsor.

To sponsor a trash barrel or flowerpot, contact Lewis at 812-870-0949.

Meanwhile, the city of Brazil and Brazil Main Street will be partnering to begin recognition of beautification or improvement of local buildings. During the meeting, it was stated the first building to be recognized will be Alabama Bar and Grill due to the new mural on the east side of the building.

In other news, the organization is planning a Community Movie Night. Guests are asked to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Snow cones, water, Coca Cola and popcorn will all be provided for free. The event, which is free, doesn't have a finalized date yet.

Another event Brazil Main Street is planning is called Night at the Museum. The organization wants to promote the Clay County Historical Museum, as well as Clay County's history in general. The event is based off the movie, "Night at the Museum," where wax figures inside a museum come to life at night. The event will have actors playing characters from Brazil and Clay County history in and outside of the museum. Afterward, the organization will have a free outdoor movie, playing "Night at the Museum."

"It's a fun history lesson," Lewis said.

The organization is hoping to involve the community theatre, local history buffs and school drama clubs in the event. The final details are still being worked out.

In other Brazil Main Street news:

* The organization hopes to begin fundraisers to build up their account, and

* Main Street plans to participate in a "Welcome Center" booth at the Clay County 4-H Fair, where multiple groups will take part.

The next meeting will be at 5 p.m., Monday, June 25, at the Davis Building.

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Why not have the owners of vacant buildings downtown open their doors to this group and let someone decorate their windows with pleasant graffiti? Maybe even hold a contest for the nicest drawings. I am sure there are enough young people in Brazil that would be willing to compete.

-- Posted by steve47834 on Thu, Jun 14, 2012, at 2:23 AM

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