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During the Keep Hot Springs Beautiful membership drive at the Spring Fling Home and Garden Show, we did a drawing for $100 in Chamber bucks from those who purchased or renewed their membership. Bob Lee was the lucky winner. Congratulations, Bob! If you were gone that weekend and were not able to purchase or renew your membership, you can always go to our website at www.KeepHotSpringsBeautiful.org and click on “Please Support KHSB” on the right side of the page. This will take you to a form that you can print out and mail.

The 2018 Earth Day Rummage Sale broke our previous profit record so it was a success. We had great attendance from beginning to end. Thank you to everyone who donated items and for those who came to shop. This year was the first time we added an Earth Day Expo which included projects for the kids (and adults). Rajni Lerman did a fantastic job organizing the booths and activities and I overheard positive comments about it. We hope to continue this aspect in the future.

At the time of this writing I do not have the results of our Spring Electronics (and other stuff) Recycling event. I will have to report on that in a future column. Our next Electronics (and other stuff) Recycling event will be held on September 8th.

The Great American Clean-up (GAC) will be on Saturday, May 5, from 8 AM to Noon. We would love to see lots of volunteers for this event because we need all those volunteers to be able to accomplish as much as we would like. Come help us beautify Hot Springs as we work in the downtown street corner pods, clean up Fall River, and pick up litter throughout town. The organization that has the most volunteers sign-in at Centennial Park will receive $50 for their service. Registration begins at 8 AM at the south shelter in Centennial Park. T-shirts (first 25), water and snacks will be provided. Typically we have the Pod Squad and River Adopters out in full force. However, the people who come to pick-up litter has dwindled. We really would like to see some organizations and individuals get involved with that aspect of GAC.

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This year we will not be providing a noon meal since attendance has continued to drop each year for it. We will provide water and snacks instead. However, the Plant Swap hosted by the Master Gardeners from 8 AM to 11 AM at the same location will continue this year as will the load of compost for you to use. Bring some buckets and load up! In case of inclement weather, GAC will be re-scheduled to Saturday, May 19th.

We could not do GAC without all our amazing volunteers such as Gary Merkel who delivers the compost, the Master Gardeners who organize the Plant Swap, and Roger Spitzer and Jerry Collogan who are my drivers and pick up all the bags of litter and branches. We also want to thank the D.O.T who provides orange garbage bags and safety vests and picks up the bags of litter that we pile up at Centennial Park following the event.

Most people are aware that KHSB ensures that the pods are adopted, but I also like to make people aware that we also make sure every section of the river is adopted. The River Adopters this year are: Bison Boosters, Battle Mountain American Legion Riders, Willing Workers 4-H, Alumni Association, Boys and Girls Club, Keep Hot Springs Beautiful and Trail Life USA/Southern Hills Evangelical Free Church. If you are a part of one of these organizations, please consider joining the activities! Bring gloves and proper footwear.

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