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Volunteers Needed For Pound Ridge Pride Day

Pound Ridge Pride Day 6-5-11 - created at http://animoto.com
Pound Ridge Pride Day 6-5-11 - created at http://animoto.com Video Credit: avalonagencyny

POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – More volunteers are needed for the third annual celebration of Pound Ridge Pride Day, set for Sunday, May 19, organizers say.

The goal of Pound Ridge Pride Day is “beautification, education and community,” said co-organizer Terri Pike of the Pound Ridge Partnership . “The first year, we cleaned up the business district generally. Last year, we cleaned up the area next to Plum Plums Cheese. It was embarrassingly ugly before; now it’s a lovely little pocket park.”

The cleanup day will be expanded this year.

“We’re jazzing the day up,” said co-organizer Susan Grissom. “The Fire Department will be educating people about how to get out of a burning house, there’ll be tables from community groups like Energize Pound Ridge, the Child ID program and the Bake-Off contest.”

For the first time, the Pound Ridge Invasives Project is collaborating with the Pound Ridge Partnership and plans to devote its energies on Pride Day to sprucing up the Pound Ridge Town Park. The plan is to rid the area of invasive plants such as the mile-a-minute vine, mugwort, Japanese barberry and rosa multiflora, among others. To sign up to volunteer contact Collete Dow at dowcolette@gmail.com.

“Pride Day usually involves about 300 people,” said Pike. “The Pound Ridge Harvest Festival in the fall is an outgrowth of Pride Day. It attracts thousands of people. In both cases, the proceeds go to the Pound Ridge Beautification Fund. All of the improvements we make are paid for by the Fund, not by the town or the tax base.”

The Pound Ridge Partnership in an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization aimed at bringing together residents, business owners, landlords and community leaders to support and improve the Pound Ridge business district. The goal is to develop Scotts Corners as a destination for local families and children, and other communities as well, to enjoy the “unique country atmosphere … and take part in its retail and dining experience featuring arts, antiques and local produce and cuisines,” according to the Partnership’s Vision Statement.

Participation in the Pound Ridge Partnership is easy. Simply attend a meeting and join a committee. For more information, or to volunteer to help, contact Ali Boak at aliboak@yahoo.com or Susan Grissom at susan.grissom@gmail.com.

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