Extend a hand, help a neighbor

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By The Staff

It's finally arrived. Spring. While it's technically been with us for more than a month, the weather is finally providing the warmer temperatures and bright-blue skies we've needed to bring us out of the winter blues.

And with this beautiful weather come blooming trees and flowers and, of course, growing grass needing mowed. Perry County has an abundance of natural beauty, both out in the county and in our own communities and it can only stay beautiful with some help.

We encourage everyone to extend a hand and help anyone who needs help providing a little tender, loving care to their yards. It not only makes their property look its best, it also makes our community look better. It doesn't take much to help. Something as small as planting some flowers or clearing a few limbs can help improve the area's look.

And hard work doesn't go unrewarded. Last year the Tell City Common Council started Partners in Pride, a program where council members choose homeowners or businesses within their district in recognition of their efforts to beautify the city. City leaders will kick off this year's program in May.

We applaud city officials in all the communities who continue to fight unsightly properties, which is an ongoing process. Some communities have held their annual clean up days, when items normally not picked up by cities are hauled off. Tell City has set its clean-up dates for the week of June 8.

It's not only homeowners who need help. It's also schools, businesses and churches. Recently Tell City High School received a facelift with volunteers from around the state landscaping, painting and performing other tasks for the school. That event was held in conjunction with United Way of Perry County's Day of Caring.

The Day of Caring event partners volunteers with individuals and businesses to perform small renovations, landscaping and more. Past beneficiaries of volunteers' help include the Perry County 4-H Fairgrounds, Bright Beginnings, the camp at Anderson Woods and playgrounds. Whether it's through an organization or on your own, Perry County has several opportunities for the public to get involved with the area's beautification efforts.

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