Hed: Alliance hands out beautification awards
By Jane Clark Summers
Daily Journal Corinth Bureau
CORINTH – The Alliance’s Beautification Committee presented the organization’s third annual awards for community litter/beautification projects on Monday.
The award program was established to recognize specific groups for their time and dedication to the beautification of Corinth and Alcorn County, said committee Chairperson Nancy Plesnarski.
Entrants in the 1996 contest included school groups, church groups, a community group and one individual who wanted to make a difference in his community.
Winners were selected based on a points system. Each group also had to participate in the Spring Trash Bash Cleanup for a total of 30 points. The remaining points could be earned for creativity and design, recycling components, visibility, public education impact and effectiveness of the effort.
The winner of the $800 top prize was the Alcorn County Homemaker Volunteers. The group of women took over a community project to landscape a vacant lot at the intersection of U.S. Highway 72 and state Highway 145. The women raised funds to buy plants, mulch and other necessities by conducting a bean dinner. They also got the city and county to agree to help beautify the publicly owned lot.
Alliance President Randy Long commended the women for their work. He said he drove by the spot last week and saw several women swinging shovels and working in the dirt.
“They were all wonderful projects,” Long said of the contestants’ efforts.
Alliance Executive Director Charles Gulotta said, “You never know how much the appearance of the community and beautification efforts mean until you are driving (industrial and business prospects) around town,” he said.
Other winners in this year’s contest included:
– The Alcorn Central High School Future Homemakers of America and Future Farmers of America, who completed a landscaping project and conducted an anti-litter campaign at their school. The award was $300.
– The St. James Catholic Church Women’s Club, which worked to rehabilitate the playground at West Corinth Elementary School. The club received $200.
– Project Clean Sweep involved the efforts of Jerry Porter, who is trying to clean up his community in South Corinth. He said the $100 prize will be used to purchase equipment to continue the cleanup effort.