4/15/2011 12:24:00 AM
KNB kicks off season with cleanup


The Noblesville Times - Steve Furlow

It's time to start your spring cleaning and Keep Noblesville Beautiful is no exception kicking off the season Saturday with a clean-up project along Indiana 37.

Starting at 9:30 a.m. volunteers will pick up trash from the curbsides of Indiana 37 between 191st Street and Indiana 32. Volunteers are asked to meet in the parking lot of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church on 191st Street at 8:30 a.m.

Dan Gaither with KNB said he was excited for the warmer, and sunnier, weather to get out and work.

"For myself, what I get out of it is to bond with members of the community," he said. "It brings out people that want to do something positive and beautify the community."

He proudly noted the blooming daffodils at two of the city's gateways as examples of how a little hard work pays off for the entire community.

"It's something we take pride in," he said.

Not as labor intensive but one of KNB's more popular events, the group will celebrate its Third Annual Arbor Day on the Square April 29. Keep Noblesville Beautiful along with the Noblesville City Tree Board and the Hamilton County Master Gardeners Association will distribute 300 Red Oak seedlings on the Southeast corner of the Courthouse Square starting at 10 a.m. The Master Gardeners will provide instruction on dividing Hostas, distributing free cuttings while they last, and the Noblesville City Tree Board will be distributing 200 Black Oak seedlings.

Gaither said this year instead of handing out tips on tree care, visitors could visit the KNB website to learn the best way to plant and watch their tree thrive.

The following month KNB will descend on another neighborhood as part of its annual Spring Blitz. On May 21 in cooperation with the Noblesville Street Department, City Hall, Hamilton County Master Gardeners & IDNR Tree Stewards. This year is the fifth for the blitz and will focus on the neighborhood bordered by Roosevelt Street, 12th Street, Hamilton Street, and 15th Street.

Gaither noted every project is successful because of the positive impact it has. Seeing those reminders help volunteers, residents and community members take pride in their neighborhoods knowing their efforts continue to pay off.

Volunteers are needed at all events. For more information on upcoming events and how to help, visit www.keepnoblesvillebeautiful.org.