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Cornett to lead local PRIDE Spring Cleanup




SPRING CLEANUP -  Local PRIDE Coordinators recently met at The Center For Rural Development in Somerset to prepare for the PRIDE Spring Cleanup, which will be held April 5 through April 19. Pictured are (left to right) Tammie Wilson, PRIDE; Gary Cornett, Letcher County coordinator; and Karen Engle, PRIDE.

SPRING CLEANUP – Local PRIDE Coordinators recently met at The Center For Rural Development in Somerset to prepare for the PRIDE Spring Cleanup, which will be held April 5 through April 19. Pictured are (left to right) Tammie Wilson, PRIDE; Gary Cornett, Letcher County coordinator; and Karen Engle, PRIDE.

Gary Cornett, the Letcher County PRIDE coordinator, will lead the local PRIDE Spring Cleanup, April 5 through April 19. In this voluntary position, he will plan local cleanup efforts and helps the community take advantage of PRIDE programs.

Cornett works at the Letcher County Recycling Center as the recycling coordinator. He has lived in Letcher County for 50 years and resides in Whitesburg with his wife, Sheila.

“I look forward to serving as PRIDE coordinator because I would like to see our county roadways and streams free of litter and if we work together we can clean up Letcher County,” he said. “PRIDE is making a difference in Letcher County by educating people on how important it is to not litter or pollute our streams.”

Cornett is looking for volunteers for cleanup events across the community. PRIDE will supply T-shirts, trash bags, and safety vests for the volunteers.

“I invite you to lend a hand during the Spring Cleanup because with the help of volunteers we can begin to clean up our roadways and streams and show our PRIDE in Letcher County,” he said.

PRIDE (Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment) links citizens with the resources of local, state and federal agencies to clean up the region’s waterways, end illegal trash dumps and promote environmental education in 38 counties of southern and eastern Kentucky. PRIDE was started in 1997 by Congressman Hal Rogers and the late James Bickford, former Secretary of the Kentucky Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet.

For more information about PRIDE or to volunteer during the PRIDE Spring Cleanup, call Gary Cornett at (606) 633-9047, or visit www.kypride.org.

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