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Ogdensburg Pride and Beautification Commission deserves praise, and help

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The Ogdensburg Pride and Beautification Commission deserves a tremendous round of applause for its efforts to spruce up city neighborhoods.

The commission, led by a group of dedicated volunteers, is working continuously to improve the city’s appearance. Its most recent project entails repainting a home on New York Avenue at no charge to the homeowners.

That might not sound like much, but a fresh coat of paint can do wonders for the appearance of not only that home, but its entire neighborhood.

Painting can be a cost-prohibitive endeavor for a homeowner on a limited budget. The commission, fortunately, has received a great deal of support from community businesses and charitable organizations to provide the service free of charge.

By improving the look of a few homes around town — as commission members have done in their past efforts to improve the appearance of Ford Street — residents get an increased sense of pride in their neighborhoods and naturally want to do more to make their own properties look better.

The materials for the painting project are accounted for; the commission needs volunteers to do the work. Those who are able to help are asked to contact Mary Ann Narenkivicius at 393-1783, 322-2700 or mnarenki@yahoo.com.

The commission is also looking for residents who have ideas for simple projects that can improve the appearance of homes to offer how-to workshops to demonstrate the projects.

The first such workshop will be held May 7 at the Dobisky Visitors Center, where Pam Morley will teach participants how to make grape-vine wreaths to hang on their doors or patios. A small touch like a seasonal wreath can improve the appearance of your home at little cost.

City Quackenbush will host a workshop May 28 to talk about planting a butterfly garden.

Anyone interested in bring a presenter should contact commission member Charlene Widrick at 393-3178.

Homeowners can assist the commission’s overall efforts by taking a few steps to clean up their own properties, such as planting some flowers or fixing a broken fence. Several small improvements can add up to a big difference in a home’s appearance.

Many parts of Ogdensburg have seen better days. The commission cannot tackle all at once all parts of the city that need help, but its members can make a difference one neighborhood at a time. Residents need to support the commission’s cause if its efforts are to be successful.

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