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Volunteers sought for cleanup in downtown

Jul. 06, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Huntington in Bloom officials are seeking volunteers to help clean up the downtown Sunday, July 7, before America in Bloom judges arrive next week.

The judges for the national beautification competition will arrive in Huntington on Wednesday, July 10, and will conduct their evaluation of Huntington on Thursday, July 11, and Friday, July 12. They will judge the city on several criteria, including overall impression, environmental efforts, heritage preservation, urban forestry, landscaped areas and floral displays.

Volunteers will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday at Heritage Station and will form teams to pick up trash, trim, pull weeds and sweep the following areas:

8th Street from the Big Sandy Superstore Arena to the underpass.

The alley behind Mack & Dave's between 10th and 11th streets.

3rd Avenue from the arena to 10th Street.

4th Avenue from the Cabell County Courthouse to 10th Street.

9th Street from 3rd to 5th avenues.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring weed trimmers, brooms, dust pans, litter sticks and work gloves. Garbage bags will be provided. For more information, call Tom Bell at 304-360-5190.

In addition to the cleanup effort Sunday, organizers ask that residents and business owners pick up litter and pull weeds in front of their properties and plant red, white and blue flowers in flower pots or window boxes.

For more information about Huntington in Bloom, visit the organization's website at www.huntingtoninbloom.com or Facebook page, www.facebook.com/huntingtoninbloom. To volunteer for any Huntington in Bloom project, go to www.unitedwevolunteer.org or www.huntingtoninbloom.com/get-involved.

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