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March 30, 2012

PRIDE Spring Cleanup

March 30, 2012 — The editor:

    Since 1997, the landscape of southern and eastern Kentucky has transformed and I’m not referring to construction projects or natural changes. Every April, for the last 14 years, thousands of people have walked the hillsides, roadways and streams across the region to remove hundreds of thousands of pieces of litter and ultimately restore pride in the mountains.

    The late General James Bickford, the former Secretary of the Kentucky Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet, and I launched the Eastern Kentucky PRIDE organization to cleanup and protect our environment, educate future generations, and to bring clean water and sanitary sewer to people living in the rural, most impoverished parts of our great Commonwealth. Never did we dream in the mid-nineties, that some 360,000 people would dedicate 1.2 million hours to take “Personal Responsibility In a Desirable Environment (PRIDE)” and truly transform our hometowns.

    PRIDE volunteers are gearing up for another record-breaking year, giving us something to truly celebrate during the 15th Anniversary PRIDE Spring Cleanup throughout the month of April. This year, volunteers will be wearing t-shirts touting the theme of PRIDE’s milestone, “Saving our World, One Cleanup at a Time.” As a volunteer, you may only have time to collect a few bags of trash or find one or two old tires, but together, the impact we make is much greater. PRIDE volunteers have removed nearly one million old tires, some 200,000 old appliances and hundreds of thousands of bags of trash. Local officials have also used heavy equipment to help cleanup nearly 3,000 major illegal dumpsites spanning dozens of acres of land.

    I invite you to be a part of the team and help us celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the PRIDE Spring Cleanup this April. For more information on how to organize a cleanup and get the supplies you need, call the PRIDE office toll free at 888-577-4339 or visit www.kypride.org.

    Hal Rogers

    Member of Congress

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