Volunteers clean up and beautify village

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(From left) Rick Rouse, Amy Salvito and Dave McNeely load trash onto a trailer. They and about 150 other members of Mount Sterling First Church of the Nazarene completed clean-up and beautification projects around Mount Sterling on April 28.

(Posted May 1, 2019)

Two teams of volunteers mobilized last weekend for clean-up and beautification efforts around Mount Sterling.

Madison-Plains High School seniors took to the town on April 26. Members of Mount Sterling First Church of the Nazarene came out in force on April 28.

Led by senior advisor Felecia Groom, a group of 26 students from Madison-Plains completed a variety of tasks, from raking leaves, trimming bushes and weeding flowerbeds at the Mount Sterling Community Center to picking up trash around the village. Afterwards, they ate lunch at Ben & Joy’s Restaurant, courtesy of American Legion Post 417.

With pruners in hand, (from left) Madison-Plains High School seniors Rachel Guiette, Kerrigan Kelley, Martina Miller and Alkire Whitaker prepare to trim bushes at the Mount Sterling Community Center.

This marked the second year First Church of the Nazarene has organized a clean-up weekend around town. A total of 150 parishioners took part.

“It’s meant to show neighbors and the community we are in this together. We just wanted to show them love in a tangible way by cleaning up, serving and working,” said Pastor Joe Proudfoot.

The group picked up 40 trailer loads of yard debris and several bags of garbage from the roadside. They landscaped and mulched around the village welcome signs and town gazebo and at Meadowview Village Apartments. They delivered more than 600 cookies, as well as cards made by the church’s youngsters, to first responders and shut-ins. They also completed landscaping, picked up debris, and removed large, unwanted items, such as couches and appliances, from several homes in the village.

After completing volunteer work around town, 26 seniors from Madison-Plains High School and their advisor, Felecia Groom, posed for a photo outside of Mount Sterling Village Hall then ate lunch at Ben & Joy’s Restaurant, courtesy of American Legion Post 417.
(From left) Barb Brown, Jeff Spear and Nancy Spear, all members of Mount Sterling First Church of the Nazarene, stop for a photo op with Mount Sterling Mayor Billy Martin during the church’s annual community service outreach.
(From left) Madison-Plains High School seniors Joseph Siler, Brandon Bullock and Tim Gillian rake leaves outside the Madison Health facility located adjacent to the Mount Sterling Community Center.
Volunteers spread mulch.

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