During Monday's Brazil Main Street meeting, members discussed having a booth during the 4-H Fairgrounds.
Organizer Karen Burk explained her idea for a booth inside the AMAX Building to promote the city of Brazil. The booth will include organizations such as Christmas in the Park, Popcorn Festival, S.O.S., the Community Theatre of Clay County and others. Brazil Main Street said it would like to take part in the event. Members talked about having snow cones and popcorn to serve, as well as T-shirts to sell.
Burk said she would like each organization to have a banner. She also plans on having a slideshow of Brazil sights with the Brazil Concert Band's music playing in the background.
Burk said she plans to meet with all the organizations who are participating so members can sign up for times to work the booth.
Meanwhile, the Adopt a Block program is quickly picking up participants. According to Main Street President Lee Lewis, many blocks have been adopted already, however there are still blocks that need adoptive parents.
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.
The adoptive parents would not be responsible for snow removal in the winter. Lewis stated that she and others would be willing to help with the initial dirt removal when a block is first adopted and the city would pick up the piles of dirt when it is finished as long as the dirt is in five-gallon buckets. Lewis said she wanted participants to know buckets were available in the entryway of the Davis Building to use for the dirt removal.
"It doesn't take long (to maintain the block) once you do that first initial clean up," Lewis said, explaining she had swept her and her husband's block and picked up the trash in 30 minutes.
Yankee Rose has offered to spray for and take care of the weeds in the entire downtown area.
Those interested in volunteering for the Adopt a Block program should contact Stacy Gibbens at 446-0050.
In addition, the members of Brazil Main Street discussed a misconception they've heard from community members. What many people may not realize is that everyone is welcome to join Brazil Main Street. Members do not have to live downtown or own a business on National Avenue. Brazil Main Street is made up of members who love the city of Brazil and want to see it improve and grow.
"Negativity spreads, but so does positivity. Positivity is contagious," Lewis said. "If you love your city, others will love your city."
In other Main Street news:
* Lewis said she would like to get the sidewalks patched and have the extra chunks of cement removed. She felt the conditions of the sidewalks are currently hazardous,
* Main Street had issues with the paint on the trash barrels. They are working on fixing the problem so the barrels can be placed on the sidewalks as soon as possible. Main Street is still in need of one more sponsor for the barrels. Lewis said more barrels could be ordered if they received more sponsors. The city of Brazil and community service workers will empty the trashcans. 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, contact Lewis at 812-870-0949,
* Lewis said 29 more sponsors are needed for flowerpots. She wanted to thank the mayor and city workers for watering the plants every weekday. To sponsor a flowerpot, the cost is $50. Checks can be made to Main Street of Brazil and are tax-deductible,
* Members of Brazil Main Street are in search for outdoor projector equipment for a community Movie Night and other events. The organization is willing to rent the equipment. If anyone knows of a person or place that rents outdoor projectors, please contact Lewis at 812-870-0949, and
* The organization chose a date for the second Brazil Clean Up Day. The event will be Saturday, July 21, from 7-10 a.m. Participants should meet at the Davis Building at 6:45 a.m. Volunteers will work their way through town.
The next meeting will be Monday, July 9, at 6 p.m., at the Brazil Library.
Adopt a Block
As of June 26, the following is a list of the participants in the Adopt a Block program:
* Mr. and Mrs. Pete Paulis: South side of National Avenue from Franklin Street to the alley,
* Linda Messmer: South side of National Avenue from the alley to Walnut Street,
* Lee and Tony Lewis: North side of National Avenue from Meridian Street to Franklin Street,
* Bob and Alice Slack: South side of National Avenue from Meridian Street to Franklin Street,
* Carl Lawrence: North and South sides of Jackson Street from Walnut Street to Franklin Street,
* Brian and Connie Wyndham: North and South sides of National Avenue from Forest Street to Washington Street, and
* Staci Brown and Stacy Gibbens: North side of National Avenue from Walnut Street to Franklin Street.