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Letcher County volunteers sought for 2008 PRIDE Spring Cleanup

To the Editor:

Another spring is unfolding across southern and eastern Kentucky. As the redbud trees begin to blossom, I urge all citizens to help in removing unsightly trash from Letcher County’s roads, streams and hillsides during our annual PRIDE Spring Cleanup, April 5-19. Recruit your friends, family and neighbors to help.

You can help by volunteering for cleanup events already scheduled by your local PRIDE coordinators. A listing of activities near you can be found at www.kypride.org or contact PRIDE Coordinator Gary Cornett at 633-7583. In Fleming- Neon, call David Vanover at 855- 7900. In McRoberts, call Jim Scott at 832-4789.

If the road or stream you want to clean is not on the current schedule, contact your PRIDE coordinator to plan your own cleanup event. Your coordinator will provide the trash bags and arrange for them to be collected. Free T-shirts will be given to PRIDE Spring Cleanup volunteers, while supplies last.

For the past 11 years, you have taken PRIDE in your region. Just look at what Letcher County officials, residents and students have accomplished together since PRIDE began in 1997:

• 3,180 volunteers have worked 9,321 hours.

• 3,194 bags of trash have been collected.

• 11,658 junk appliances and 190 tons of scrap metal have been recycled.

• 4,450 old tires have been recovered.

Thank you for continuing to step forward to make a difference. Have PRIDE today for a brighter tomorrow!

KAREN ENGLE President/CEO Eastern Kentucky PRIDE Somerset

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