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Lorain County residents to pitch in on Pride Day Saturday


The Chronicle-Telegram

ELYRIA — Each year, hundreds of Lorain County residents harness the power of community to beautify and ready the county for the spring and summer months.

After harsh, long winters flowerbeds are barren, parks are drab and roadways cluttered.

Sponsored by the Lorain County Solid Waste Management District, this year’s Pride Day will see 25 communities taking part with projects including cleaning up litter, spreading mulch, painting fire hydrants and planting flowers.

Brandi Schnell, community outreach coordinator with Lorain County Solid Waste Management District, said the event will run 9 a.m. through noon Saturday with an estimated 2,300 volunteers.

Each will be clad in a Pride Day T-shirt designed by Lydia Dougan, a seventh-grade student at South Amherst Middle School. Lydia received five T-shirts with her design printed on them as well as a check for $25 and a certificate of recognition.

There is still time to sign up to volunteer. Interested groups should contact Brandi Schnell at (440) 328-2249 or She will connect volunteers with a community coordinator to make sure supplies and activities are arranged.

Following are the Pride Day activities planned:


n Mulching Main Street Amherst

n Mulching San Spring Building

n Pick up trash throughout the historic district

n Clean up city parks

n Weeding and planting

Amherst Township

n Weed, clean up and mulch the four corner gardens at the township park

n Clean the flower beds, replace weed barrier, add river stone at township hall

n Clean trash out of ditches on the following roads: Oberlin, Stang, Middle Ridge, Dewey Road

n Clean brush and dead trees on Dewey Road and Tina Lane

n Clean up cemeteries


n Planting flowers at French Creek District, City Hall, Police Department, Fire Department, Lion’s Cub Community Center, Senior Center, Heritage Square gazebo, post office, utilities building

n Trash pickup at Park N Ride, city parks and other areas to be determined

Avon Lake

n Cleanup at Beach Park (York & Electric)

n Herb garden at Peter Miller House

n Gazebo at Miller Road Park

n Wildflower garden at Miller Road Park

n Clean up of boat club and beach area

n Safety town cleanup by Kiwanis

n Cleanup at Kopf Reservation

n Senior cleanup

n Cleanup by Church of the Open Door Volunteers at various projects throughout the city

n Flower planting by Daisy Troop 51174

n Street cleanups of Avondale Road, Walker Road, Miller Road and Moore Road.

n Peter Miller House and Miller Road Park cleanup

Carlisle Township

n Clear and rake all shrubs and year, pick up sticks and litter and plant flowers at the following locations: fire station, township hall, Community Park, baseball park

n Spruce up flag beds and parking lot beds at the fire station

n Spruce up flag beds at town hall

n Renew rubber mulch at the Community Park playground

n Empty trash at the baseball park


n Ely Park: Mulch flower beds by Church of the Open Door

n Depot Street: pick up trash

n Downtown: pick up trash

n Broad Street: pick up trash

n Fire hydrants: paint at various places in community

n Cleveland Street and Middle Avenue: pick up trash

n River Walk: pick up trash

n Pioneer Plaza: plant flowers

n City Hall: pick up trash

n East Park: paint outside restrooms, mulch playground, mulch fitness equipment, pick up sticks behind center

n West Park: mulch playground

n Fire Station: plant flowers

n Fire Station (Cedar Street): Plant flowers

n South Park/North Park/Hilltop Park: Clean up park, mulch toys

n Hilltop Park: Paint Restrooms

n Ely Square: plant flowers in flower bed

n Gateway Park: mulching

n Audubon Park: plant trees

n Infirmary Road, along river and Second Street: trash cleanup


n Planting flowers at entrance signs to parks

n Mulching playground equipment

n Maintenance work at the Soldiers Memorial

n General trash cleanup at the parks

Huntington Township

n 4-H group to plant flowers

n Clean up cemetery, plant flowers

n Road cleanup

n Clean up Community Park

n Township Dumpster Days set for Friday and Saturday


n Weeding, planting flowers and mulching at Memorial Park, Village Park and playground, Recycling Center and Welcome to Kipton signs

n Picking up litter around the park and around town

n Cleaning up graffiti from playground equipment


n Clean up at Moore House by Historical Society

n Settler’s Watch/Admiral King Tribute Site/ Charleston Cemetery cleanup, mulching and planting by Charleston Village Society and Rotary Club

n First Street fence, West Erie to Hot Waters, cleanup by Rotary Club

n Century Park and East Side railroad tracks cleanup by Eastside Block Watch

n Litter cleanup at East 28th and East 21st streets underpasses by Lorain County Young Democrats

n Spruce up triangle park, Cleveland Boulevard between Euclid and Day Drive by Boy Scout Troop 395

n Maple Park cleanup by Girl Scouts

n Leavitt Homes spruce up by Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority

n Oakwood Park cleanup activities by Angel Arroyo’s group

n Elmwood Cemetery cleanup by Lorain Lions Club

n Central Park cleanup by Pam Carter group

n 18th Street and Broadway Avenue/Pawlak Park; Black River Landing/underground railroad cleanup by Dennis Flores group

n Walkway between Meister Road and Pole Avenue, 28th to 30th street cleanups by Boys & Girls Clubs of Lorain County

n Meister Road cleanup by the Lorain Lighthouse Methodist Church

n Various litter cleanup and sprucing up locations across Lorain by Church of the Open Door volunteers including cleanups at Streator Park, Central Park and downtown Lorain

n Church of the Open Door also plans to weed and plant flowers at each of the “Welcome to Lorain” sign flowerboxes and maintain through the summer.

Lorain County Metro Parks

n Carlisle Visitors Center, 12882 Diagonal Road LaGrange, paint/staining project; flower planting; trail cleanup; wildlife observation area cleanup

n Days Dam, 2720 E. 31st St., Lorain, flower planting and river cleanup

New Russia Township

n Community cookout for residents

n Planting flower urns for placement around township complex

n Antique car show, weather permitting, and participation of area car club

n Display township equipment fleet (including showcase new fire truck depending upon manufacturing completion)

North Ridgeville

n South Central Park, mulch sign, clean up trash, clean up gazebo including weeding and mulching, clean up tree branches, clean up graffiti

n Weeding and mulching at South Central Park sign and Safetyville sign

n City hall, planting and mulching

n Parks and Recreation Department, weeding


n Planting and cleanup at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, Vine Street Bridge, “Welcome to Oberlin” signs, Westwood Cemetery and Wright Park

n Oberlin High School cleanup by Eco Warriors Enviro Group

n Scrap tire collection

n Styrofoam drop-off until Sunday in partner with and collected at ACE Hardware store, 291 S. Main St., Oberlin

n Employee Pride Day cleanup and planting at both 69 and 85 S. Main St. properties today

Penfield Township

n All parks, town hall and cemetery: flower planting, mulching and trash pickup

n Penfield Township Recycling Center will be open and accepting items

n Lunch for volunteers after event

Pittsfield Township

n Roadside pickup by Scout Troop 414 members

n Planting of flowers and mulching at township parks by Pittsfield 4-H Club

n Cleanup around park and cemetery areas

n Dumpsters at township garage for Pittsfield Township Dumpster Day

Rochester Township/Rochester

n Litter pickup along the roadside in township and village

n Flower planting around town hall and cemetery

n Put in new benches near fire station

n Trash Dumpsters for Dumpster Day

Sheffield Lake

n Sheffield Lake boat launch and community park: mulch, plant flowers and beach cleanup

n Nature trail and covered bridge: plant hanging baskets, clean up debris/garbage along nature trail

n Public Service Assistance: Provide assistance at service department to unload vehicles and load dumpsters for community dumpster day

n Shoreway Shopping Center: general cleanup of debris, mulch flower beds, plant flowers, painting.

n Roadside cleanup, remove debris/garbage from ditch lines

Sheffield Township

n Walking roadways in township neighborhoods to clean up litter and debris in high-litter areas


n Roadside litter cleanup around village

n Weeding, planting and mulching around the village

South Amherst

n Clean up your yards and homes. Dumpsters will be available at the village hall (assistants will be available to help unload)

n Girl Scout Troop 50281 will help American Legion Post 197 place flags at the Evergreen Cemetery in honor of our veterans.

n South Amherst Middle School eighth-grade class will help with cemetery cleanup

n Roadside cleanup (supplies will be available)

n Members of the Park Board will clean up the park.

n St. John’s UCC will clean up its grounds and planting flowers

n Cleanup and planting flowers at the Village Town Hall.

n Prescription medication take-back program drop-off at South Amherst Police Department

n Hot dogs, salads, desserts and drinks will be provided to all at the Village Town Hall at 12:30 p.m.


n East city entrance welcome sign and chamber beds: weed and mulch

n East Exchange Park: mulch East Exchange Park sign and flower beds; weed, edge, and mulch long bed between Fisherman’s Bend condos and park; weed, edge and mulch all flower beds along the river and the east picket fence

n Exchange Park: (carefully mulch around newly planted flowers): mulch behind Veterans’ Walk benches; mulch in front of Comfort Station and Exchange Park sign bed; mulch round raised concrete bed

n Hanover Square: weed and mulch sign bed

n Friendship Park: weed and mulch beds; weed tree rings

n Sunflower Garden. Corner of Liberty and Grand: Stones and debris raked up and removed from the sunflower garden bed along the wall against the ART Scene

n Police Station and Court House

n Trees west of town: Weed around base of pear trees and maple tree

n West city entrance sign: weed, edge and mulch sign bed

n Sherod Park: Weed, edge, and mulch sign bed; cut brush along hillside near lake; pick up litter and debris on beach and hillside on east and west sides of park; weed and rake beach; pick up litter along creek bed; cut and remove vines growing at base of trees along creek; trim fence line. Stack brush into neat piles; clean beach

n Public parking lot beds (at Main Street Beach): Carolyn Marie Parking Area;

n Christmas Shop/City Lot/Parking Area: Mulch sign bed, horseshoe-shaped bed, and long bed along brick building has rose bushes.

n Main Street Building (685 Main St.): Weed and mulch front and side beds.

n Victory Park: Hang 22 flower baskets on historic light posts and across street at Auction House and apartment building; hang seven ferns from gazebo; weed and spread wood chips at the railroad observation deck; rake leaves and weed hedges; weed and mulch circle bed with Christmas tree; weed and mulch bed around gazebo; weed and mulch around water fountain; weed and mulch beds east of Rose Garden only.

n Valley View Public Pool: Weed, edge and mulch all landscape beds outside fence

n Berkley Road: Pick up litter along south side of Berkley Road from Drug Mart to Claremont/Showse Park Baseball Hot Stove Fields

n U.S. Route 2 and Vermilion Road Interchange: Pick up litter at all four quadrants; trim sucker growth and dead wood on trees

n Showse Park: Rake ball diamond and parking lot; pick up litter at tennis courts; rake leaves at tennis courts; weed, edge, cultivate and mulch sign bed; pick up litter throughout park; spread mulch in playground

n West Breeze Park Sign: Weed and mulch around perennials

n South City Entrance: Weed, edge, and mulch sign bed

n Main Street Beach cleaning

n Brownhelm Station roadside cleanup

n Waterworks: Clean up dockside; weed mulch flower bed

n Railroad Wall on West River across from Rotary Park: Paint with anti-graffiti paint

n Paint the East Exchange fence/Boat Club fence

Wellington Township

n Roadside litter pickup

n Planting flowers

n Drop-off for canes, wheelchairs, walkers, eye glasses and cell phones

n Collecting can goods for Well-Help


n Common areas throughout downtown: remove dead leaves, remove cigarette butts, debris and garbage. (Particular focus on alleys, window wells and parking areas).

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