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Bottom Fork Cleanup Coalition takes care of its Letcher County community

Bottom Fork Cleanup Coalition, Letcher County

Some members of the Bottom Fork Cleanup Coalition accepted the group’s PRIDE Volunteer of the Month Award. From left to right are Bobby Kinser, Gary Cornett (Letcher County Solid Waste and PRIDE Coordinator), Christian Wagoner, Cathy Hicks, Charles Hicks, Nick Little, Charles Wagoner, Michelle Morris, Tammy Little and Les Little. The group’s leader, Nathan Polly, was not available at the time the photo was taken.

A group of Letcher County citizens has been recognized for teaming up to keep their community clean.

The Bottom Fork Cleanup Coalition, led by Nathan Polly, earned the PRIDE Volunteer of the Month Award for October 2013. The award is given monthly to one person or group in a 42-county region of southern and eastern Kentucky.

“These concerned citizens are dedicated to keeping trash and dumps off Hwy. 3406 and the surrounding roads,” said PRIDE’s Mark Davis, who presented the award.

“When a group of neighbors come together like this, they can make a huge difference, and we want to thank them and share their story with other groups that are looking for a project,” Davis said. “They will tell you that volunteering together is actually fun and builds up their sense of community, too.”

“This group does this all year to keep their neighborhood clean but especially during PRIDE Spring Cleanup Month in April,” said Gary Cornett, Letcher County Solid Waste and PRIDE Coordinator, who nominated the group for the PRIDE award.

In April 2013, the group volunteered a total of 118 hours, and they collected 335 bags of trash, 1,000 pounds of metal and 55 tires, Cornett said.

“Nathan never fails to ask if any other groups need help with other cleanups,” Cornett added about Nathan Polly’s leadership.

“PRIDE also thanks Gary Cornett for bringing this coalition to our attention and for his years of service as the county’s Solid Waste and PRIDE Coordinator,” Davis said. “We wish him the best in retirement.”

The PRIDE Volunteer of the Month program recognizes hard work and dedication to the PRIDE initiative, which promotes environmental education and cleanup efforts across 42 counties. With corporate sponsorship from TECO Coal, WYMT-TV airs commercials about each PRIDE Volunteer of the Month.

Congressman Hal Rogers co-founded PRIDE in 1997 with the late General James E. Bickford, who was the Kentucky Secretary of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection.

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