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Resident joins adopt program

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Linda Messmer pulls weeds near the sidewalk of the block she adopted through the Adopt a Block program, sponsored by Brazil Main Street. Messmer will clean the block and maintain it for a full year. [Order this photo]
Brazil Main Street's Adopt a Block program recently earned its first participant.

Brazil resident Linda Messmer adopted half a block between Walnut Street and the alley next to the old telephone building on National Avenue.

"I just drove through town and picked a spot that I thought looked like it needed some help," Messmer said. "I thought it was one of the blocks that needed the most work."

Messmer plans to clean out the curb area, spray weeds at the curb and in the cracks of the sidewalks, pick up trash and sweep.

"She picked the worst block in the city, and she doesn't even have a partner," Brazil Main Street President Lee Lewis said. "She decided by herself to take on the biggest job we have."

The Adopt a Block program asks individuals or teams to adopt a block of downtown for one year. That team would be dedicated to keeping their block clean.

"I'm doing it because I love Brazil," Messmer said. "It's my hometown. I was born and raised here. I hear people say they think (Brazil) is dirty, so I want to clean it up a little more so people won't think that."

Messmer said she hopes others in the community will get involved and take pride in their town.

"I think we have a beautiful town, and I want it to be as clean and welcoming as it can possibly be," Messmer said. "I'll feel good about having my town pretty and having other people feel as good about it as I do. I hope others will want the town they live in to be pretty and attractive."

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

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