June 18, 2014 Edition

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Committee moving
forward with projects

Kathy Bradley (from left), Fran Cavenaugh, Peggy Maryman and Lesa Walter look over historic colors recommended for downtown businesses who wish to participate in the Chamber's new Community Revitalization and Beautification Committee's efforts to improve the downtown Walnut Ridge area.
Gretchen Hunt

The Lawrence County Chamber's Community Revitalization and Beautification Committee has announced plans for another Community Day of Service, as well as the beginning stages of an effort to improve the downtown Walnut Ridge area.

Committee Chair and Chamber Board President Fran Cavenaugh said June 28 has been designated as the next Day of Service. A cleanup is planned in Smithville, including working on a rest area where motorcyclists who are riding through the community will be able to stop. Work will begin at 9 a.m.

In addition, the committee is seeking building owners in downtown Walnut Ridge who would like to join an effort modeled after "Let's Paint Stuttgart." The committee has its first agreement in place with Larry Steele.

"We will be seeking volunteers to provide some or all of the labor, and the owners will be asked to provide all needed materials," Cavenaugh said. "We will need both skilled and unskilled labor to complete tasks such as power washing, sealing, painting and detail work and artistic painting."

Cavenaugh said because work has to be done in a certain order and time has to lapse between each step, they hope to be able to complete the project on Steele's building, which is located on Abbey Road, during the month of July.

"We thank Larry for partnering with us on this project," Cavenaugh said. "Work will begin on July 7, and we need any and all people willing to help to be a part of this movement."

Because the project is labor intensive and involves different types of work each weekend, Cavenaugh said she is hopeful that different groups and individuals will be able to help at different times.

The tentative schedule at this time is: week of July 7: power wash and caulk; Saturday, July 12, seal building; Saturday, July 19, paint building; Saturday, July 26, detail and faux (artistic) painting. Anyone who would like to assist with one or more of these project areas is asked to call the Chamber of Commerce at 886-3232.

The committee has already held two Days of Service, including a cleanup of the Rails-to-Trails walking and biking trail in Hoxie and Walnut Ridge, and a workday at Stewart Park in Walnut Ridge.

Cavenaugh said both of those are ongoing projects that the committee hopes to continue to help with. Plans are underway now for a meeting with the CRB committee and the rail-trail committee to put something in place to encourage adoption of sections of the trail by businesses and local civic organizations.

"The CRB committee wants to thank all the volunteers who have helped make Lawrence County a better place by helping with our community service days," Cavenaugh said. "We want to encourage all who can come out and support our efforts to make Lawrence County better. I know if we work together we can make Lawrence County a better place to live and raise our families."

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