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GSDP beautification program ‘sweeps’ town

August 4, 2011

By ANGIE CARNATHAN
sdnreporter@yahoo.com

The eighth annual Get Swept Up! campaign — a citywide beautification movement sponsored by the Greater Starkville Development Partnership — began Aug. 1 and will culminate Sept. 14, the day before the MSU-LSU football game, with a city wide litter pick-up.
Program coordinator Libby Gerald said the campaign encourages all residents and businesses in Starkville to try and see their property through the eyes of a visitor and make whatever improvements are necessary to help the city look its best.
Gerald said some beautification suggestions and projects include completing exterior maintenance projects, refreshing landscapes, filling outdoor planters with colorful flowers and hanging crisp new flags and MSU banners. 
“With the first home football game just weeks away, we need to look our best when visitors come to town,” said program coordinator Libby Gerald.
The city wide litter pick-up will begin at 7 a.m. Sept. 14 and continue until noon.
“Get Swept Up! is a great event that brings the community together to show our visitors how much pride we take in our community,” Robyn Cain, GSDP program coordinator, said. “After the great success we had last year, I can’t wait to see how this year turns out.”
Cain said last year’s event was a huge success, garnering over 500 volunteers, and she expects an even better turnout this year.
Volunteers at the event receive a T-shirt, a bottle of water, trash bags and gloves. The gloves are donated each year by Oktibbeha County Hospital and the trash bags are donated by the Keep Mississippi Beautiful campaign.
Darlene Comish, OCH public relations coordinator, said OCH participates every year because employees want to make a great impression on those who visit our community. In addition to donating the gloves each team uses, OCH has a team that picks up trash from the hospital parking lot to Jackson Street and back down to Garrard Road.
“Our employees are eager to give back to the community in which we live and serve,” Comish said. “This is just a small way we can continue to serve our community, and it’s also a great way to start football season.”
For more information on the Get Swept Up! campaign, call Robyn Cain at 662-323-3322 or email her at rcain@starkville.org.

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