3/28: Cumberland Falls Cleanup @ 10 am, PRIDE on KET @ 8 pm
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This Saturday, KET’s "Kentucky Life" will feature some familiar faces … maybe even yours! The special episode devotes 30 minutes to the story of our region’s PRIDE. Please spread the word! Click here for a list of people and communities in the show.

Are you ready to get outside and have fun with friends and family? Then volunteer to pick up litter along the roads near Cumberland Falls State Resort Park ... the first Spring Cleanup event ... this Saturday, March 28, 10 am - 2 pm ET. Click here for details.

With $200 from PRIDE … plus 400 pounds of bottle caps … North Laurel Middle School will recycle plastic into a bench for the school. NLMS students have run school-wide and community recycling programs for years. This year, they will see the end result of their collection efforts when their bottle caps are recycled into a bench by Greentree Plastics in Evansville, Indiana. Click here to read about the 2014-2015 PRIDE Environmental Education Contracts.

The last free workshop for water and wastewater professionals will be held June 2-3 at Kentucky Christian University in Grayson. So far this year, 161 water and wastewater professionals have earned a total of 1,056 CEU hours at free training workshops by PRIDE and the Kentucky Rural Water Association, funded by a grant from Utilities Programs, USDA. Click here for details.

“I have a personal connection to PRIDE, having volunteered for the Laurel Lake cleanup in the past. I have witnessed PRIDE in the Laurel County area help with different environmental projects and initiatives over the years. Being a good steward to the environment is important to me,” said Justin Sensabaugh, Operations Superintendent for Kentucky American Water and the newest member of the PRIDE Board of Directors. Click here for details.

Eastern Kentucky PRIDE, Inc., received a $20,000 grant from Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky. This grant will provide Environmental Education Grants across the region during the 2015-2016 school year. Stay tuned for more information.

A.L. “Pee Wee” Sinclair was surrounded by members of the PRIDE Board of Directors and current and former PRIDE employees, as well as Karen Kelly, District Administrator for Congressman Hal Rogers. Left to right: Jennifer Johnson, Mark Davis, Cindy Lackey, Rodney Hitch (PRIDE Board member), Pee Wee Sinclair, Becky Calhoun, Sandy Gay (PRIDE Board Secretary), Karen Kelly, Tammie Wilson (PRIDE President/CEO) and Phil Osborne (PRIDE Board Chairman). Photo by Blake Spires, Adair Progress.
A.L. "Pee Wee" Sinclair is the gentleman in the gray vest. He has been a member of the PRIDE Board since it was created in 1997. Now, he has retired. Oh, how he will be missed. Click here to read all about our dear friend.
     “A.L. has always loved the environment and had a passion for PRIDE that has shown everywhere he’s gone. He’s been a backbone guy for us.” -- Sandy Gay, PRIDE Board of Directors
     “It didn’t matter who you were or how you were registered, A.L. would work with you to clean up our state." -- Karen Kelly, District Director for Congressman Hal Rogers, former PRIDE President/CEO
     “We’ve covered a lot of country together, and he’s been an inspiring leader for this part of our state. I wish we had more people like A.L. in every one of our communities.” -- Mark Davis, former PRIDE Field Representative

A great way to welcome spring and tourists is to make sure our incredible landscape looks its best. Please do your part by picking up litter near your home, church, business or favorite spot. If you need trash bags, gloves or safety vests, then call PRIDE at 888-577-4339 (toll free). 

After you pick up litter and dispose of it with your own trash, then call your local PRIDE Coordinator. Your volunteer hours will be added to the city or county’s Spring Cleanup tally. PRIDE will recognize the region’s cities and counties with the most Spring Cleanup volunteers.

PRIDE Coordinators ... we will give you trash bags, gloves and safety vests, while supplies last. To request them, please turn in your Spring Cleanup Scheduling Report Form.

Your community may recruit volunteers for a Spring Cleanup event, so stay tuned to your local media.

Click here to print a Spring Cleanup poster

Visit our Spring Cleanup calendar for more on the following events (and watch for updates):
3/28...Cumberland Falls Spring Cleanup
4/18...Laurel Lake Cleanup
4/18...Earth Day at the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery
4/19...Earth Day at Somerset Community College
4/24-25...Lake Cumberland Lake-Wide Cleanup
4/25...Dale Hollow Spring Cleanup
4/25...Clean Sweep of US 27 in McCreary County
4/29...Leslie County Redbird Cleanup
5/2...Woods Creek Lake Cleanup
5/13...Clean Sweep of US 27 in Pulaski County


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