Crab Orchard hopes to raise money, community spirit

March 19, 2004|EMILY BURTON

CRAB ORCHARD - As warmer weather starts to make an appearance, the city of Crab Orchard has set its sights on the upcoming summer holidays, but its bank account could still use a little greening up.

Through the upcoming months, Mayor Mike Ramey and the Community Association have scheduled several citywide events, including a motorcycle poker run, to help raise the estimated $1,500 needed for the Fourth of July parade and street dance.

"It's just a way to build up revenue for the prizes and the trophies," said Ramey.

The fund-raisers also will help cover the costs of future community activities, programs Ramey hopes will improve community spirit.

"There's kind of a negative attitude, and this is just a way for us to change that attitude and get headed in the right direction," said Ramey.

One fund-raiser, set tentatively for June 5, will feature a 100-mile motorcycle poker ride. A course will be laid out for participants through the area, and at each stop they will be given a playing card.


"Whoever gets the best hand wins," explained Ramey.

An organizational meeting for the poker run has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. March 30 at City Hall. It will be open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

On April 3, Crab Orchard Elementary School students ages 10 and under are invited to participate in an Easter egg hunt at William Whitley House State Historic Site. Students with a sharp eye can register at the Whitley House or City Hall before noon April 1. A list of rules are is available at City Hall.

A citywide yard sale has been scheduled for April 30 and May 1. The Community Association is promoting the event.

After the sale, dumpsters will be available behind City Hall for a spring clean-up day. From 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 3-4, city residents may bring their trash free of charge, with the exception of hazardous waste, animal carcasses, batteries or tires. Appliances will be taken after being drained and approved by city employees who will be on hand to help.

Information for all of the activities may be obtained at City Hall, (606) 355-2319.

Ramey hopes citizens will get involved in each event to better their town and help revitalize community spirit.

"If we could just get more people involved," said Ramey. "The more people we can get involved, the better we are."

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