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March 29, 2012

Record crowd helps tidy up KY 90

Event kicks off PRIDE Spring Cleanup Month

CUMBERLAND FALLS —  Saturday’s battle for the PRIDE Volunteer Cup proved momen-tous in more ways than one.

    A record 510 volunteers turned out to pick up trash along KY 90 from US 27 at Parkers Lake to US 25W near Corbin. Last year, 343 volunteers participated in the cleanup.

    “What a wonderful way to celebrate PRIDE’s 15th anniversary,” PRIDE’s Tammie Wilson noted.

    Dave Jordan, manager for Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, told the Corbin Times Tribune that there were so many volunteers that organizers were scrambling to find more areas for them to work.

    “We just can’t thank them enough,” Jordan said of the people giving up part of the weekend to help boost tourism in McCreary and Whitley counties.

    Visitors coming into the area will definitely get a more scenic view. On the McCreary side, volunteers collected 388 bags of trash and 46 tires as the highway was patrolled by the McCreary County Sheriff’s office, community watch and volunteer firefighters to ensure safety.

    After more than two hours, volunteers were bussed back to the Falls courtesy of the McCreary and Whitley school systems for the awards lunch — culminating in the Volunteer Cup being presented to the county with the most volunteers.

    Though Whitley County earned the overall prize for the second year in a row, McCreary County wound up with a near “clean sweep” of the individual awards.

    Beulah Mountain Christian Academy was the largest school-based volunteer group while Pine Knot Job Corps won the plaque for first runner-up.

    The community group with the most volunteers was the McCreary County ATV Club. First runner-up went to the Walmart team with representatives from Williamsburg, Corbin and London.

    McCreary County Judge-Executive Doug Stephens and Solid Waste Coordinator Linda presented Beulah Mountain Christian Academy and the ATV Club each with $100 for winning their respective divisions.

    Trent Howard of Beulah Heights won a bicycle for collecting the most unusual piece of trash — a set of model cars still sealed in the box.

    Volunteering with BMCA, Ezra McCarthy won a fishing rod as the volunteer from farthest away — Ontario, Canada.

    Jacksun Brown, 15 months, and Jimmie Greene, 83, were recognized as the youngest and oldest volunteers. Both are from McCreary County.

    The fifth annual event kicked off this year’s PRIDE Spring Cleanup, which will continue throughout the month of April in PRIDE’s 38-county service area. The Kickoff is a partnership among Eastern Kentucky PRIDE, Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, McCreary County Fiscal Court/109 Board, Whitley County Fiscal Court, US Forest Service, McCreary County Extension Service, McCreary County Board of Education, Whitley County School System, Bank of McCreary County and Pine Knot Job Corps.

    Civic, church or school groups who missed the Cumberland Falls cleanup can still volunteer for the Highway 27 Cleanup, which has been scheduled for April 28. Volunteering for either event qualifies groups for the county’s litter abatement program, where they can collectively earn $50 per mile during cleanups later this summer.

    A planning meeting for the April 28 event will be held Monday, April 2, at 10 a.m. in the Office of McCreary County Judge-Executive. For more information, call 376-2413.

    For a schedule of other upcoming PRIDE cleanups, visit kypride.org.

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