(Reprinted from Kilgore News Herald)
Nov. 8, 2014 – Make Kilgore Shine, Kilgore News Herald Photo
KIBA’s annual Make Kilgore Shine citywide clean-up is set for Saturday, Nov. 14.
It’s the 10th year for the event, originally launched by the late Debbie Phillips (who coined the name) and co-chair Gene Keenon, KIBA’s current president.
Aimed at sprucing up the city’s main avenues and key side streets before the holiday season’s guests arrive, KIBA recruits individuals and organizations throughout the community to lend a hand in the 8 a.m. to noon trash pick-up. Online registration is ongoing at keepkilgorebeautiful.com/signup/ and volunteers can also sign up through any board member or by calling Keenon at 903-986-5318.
This year, he said, the event’s staging area will be the World’s Richest Acre, centered on the organization’s new photo display: “It would be a good chance for people to see the pictures.”
The event falls just before America Recycles Day on Sunday, Nov. 15.
“We just want to try to encourage everybody in Kilgore to get those recycle containers out,” said Keenon, manager of municipal and government affairs for Allied Waste. Once again this year, KIBA is encouraging Make Kilgore Shine participants to wear the signature colors of their sponsoring organization: “We’ll let people use their shirts to represent their school, their business, their group.”
Volunteers can request a specific street or ask for an assignment for the day. KIBA will provide trash bags during registration that morning, and participants are encouraged to bring their own gloves.