n Mainstreet on the move with beautification
Special to the Chickasaw Journal
HOUSTON – The annual Easter Egg hunt sponsored by the Houston Mainstreet Association is set for this Saturday at noon and all area children are invited to participate in the festive occasion.
The hunt will begin at noon on the Houston Courthouse Square with two separate sections roped off for 0-6 year-olds and 7-12 year-olds. 500 eggs will be scattered around the courthouse lawn to ensure that every child’s basket will be filled.
amp”Bring all your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews out,amp” said Mainstreet President Barbara Klauser. amp”We always have a lot of fun.amp”
Factory Connection will stage their live fashion show beginning at 11:30 a.m. along the western side of the Square. Manager Delois McShan enlists volunteers from the area to model all the latest spring fashions and fill the Square with colors and styles.
Mainstreet planting project
Members of the Mainstreet Association will be on double duty during the day, as they complete a planting project for city beautification.
The association partnered with the City of Houston, MDOT and the Mississippi Forestry Commission on the project to plant Natchez crepe myrtles around the city. The project has grown to almost twice the original size.
“We originally were going to order 100 trees within our budget, but they came in less expensive than we thought,” said Mainstreet Director Joyce East. “We ended up with 200 trees.”
Volunteers have already planted the crepe myrtles along West Madison Street by the old railroad trestle and are moving eastward. Plans are to plant trees along Starkville Road, around the Bray Creek Walking Trial and in several “green” areas in town.
The Association has also completed a streetscapes project, planting flower beds at Dollar General, Gann’s Clothing and Sporting Goods and Pak-a-Pok West. The members won’t get a break any time soon, however. Along with the planting project, they are planning a street enhancement project to create crosswalks at the major intersections of the town square.
Mainstreet once again partnered with MDOT and the City of Houston for the project and Association members met with city employees to lay a test crosswalk on Starkville Road between the tennis courts and the high school.
“This was a high traffic area, so we thought it would be a good demonstration area,” East said.
The crosswalks and planting projects will be ongoing until completion. For information about upcoming projects, or to volunteer assistance, contact East at 456-2321.