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RAIN OR SHINE: Volunteer to Clean Sweep US 27 on April 21

Clean Sweep MEME - webOn Thursday, April 21, volunteers are invited to pick up roadside litter during the eighth annual PRIDE Clean Sweep of US 27.

Rain or shine, volunteers can pick up litter any time they choose between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. At Noon, all volunteers are invited to The Center for Rural Development for a free cook-out and drawing for door prizes. In the case of rain, the cook-out will be held indoors.

All volunteers will enjoy a free lunch and chance at door prizes. Free T-shirts also will be given to volunteers, while supplies last.

In 2015, the 986 Clean Sweep volunteers removed 1.5 tons of trash along US 27 and other roads in Somerset and Burnside. Almost all of the volunteers joined the cleanup as part of a group, such as a business or school. A total of 48 volunteer groups participated.

“‘No Place Like Home’ is our Spring Cleanup theme this year, and it’s time to give our hometown a spring cleaning,” said PRIDE’s Tammie Wilson. “Please volunteer on April 21 with your coworkers, friends and family, and we’ll have a good time while we’re at it.”

“One of the best compliments a community can receive, from both visitors and residents alike, is, ‘Somerset was one of the cleanest communities I have seen,’” said Carolyn Mounce, executive director of the Somerset-Pulaski County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “It shows ‘pride of place’ and makes a lasting impression on our visitors.”

“Please volunteer to help PRIDE have a successful Clean Sweep of HWY 27 on April 21,” Mounce said. “Our visitors deserve our gratitude and a clean community!”

“The Highway 27 Clean Sweep is an excellent opportunity for local businesses to help beautify their community by volunteering to pick up litter along roadsides,” said Bobby Clue, executive director of the Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce. “When dozens of businesses work together, we can make a huge impact on preserving our local environment.”

“We are excited to join our affiliate, Eastern Kentucky PRIDE, and other local partners to participate in this year’s Clean Sweep of U.S. 27,” said Lonnie Lawson, president and CEO of The Center for Rural Development. “We invite other businesses and organizations to take part in this community effort to clean up our roadways and protect our environment.”

The PRIDE Clean Sweep will focus on US 27 through Somerset and Burnside, but volunteers may clean areas nearby. Safe, age-appropriate areas will be available for groups with children.

Volunteer groups are encouraged to register before April 21. By doing so, they can reserve the section of US 27 they want to clean and receive their trash bags, gloves and safety vests early.

Volunteers also may register and receive their cleanup supplies on April 21. Day-of registration will begin at 8 a.m. at The Center for Rural Development, which is located at Traffic Light #15.

To register, please call the Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce at 679-7323.

The annual Clean Sweep of US 27 is sponsored by PRIDE, The Center for Rural Development, Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce, Somerset-Pulaski County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Pulaski County Recycling Center, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 8, and Waste Connections of Kentucky.

The Clean Sweep is part of the PRIDE Spring Cleanup campaign across 42 counties of southern and eastern Kentucky. The region-wide PRIDE Spring Cleanup is sponsored by Outdoor Venture Corporation, Walmart, East Kentucky Power Cooperative and Kentucky Association of Highway Contractors, Inc.

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