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March 5, 2014

Readers' Forum 3-5 | Enlist volunteers to spruce up Johnstown

JOHNSTOWN — On Feb. 19, nobody enjoyed doing the slip and slide – it’s not a dance craze, it’s a fact of life – in Johnstown.

I have an idea that might work – have volunteers clear the sidewalks.

I even thought of a name for the organization – City Corps of Volunteers (CCOV).

In the winter, this group would shovel, plow and salt the sidewalks in the downtown business district.

Many downtown merchants clean their own sidewalks; this would spare them the chore. Downtown businesses would benefit because the cleaned sidewalks would provide shoppers and visitors safe passage on their journeys through the downtown area.

In the summertime, this group could sweep sidewalks, pick up trash and plant flowers and trees.

Also, there are a lot of benches in the downtown that need to be painted, repaired or replaced.

There are many veterans memorials in Central Park and elsewhere that could stand a lot of tender, loving care.

Lift Johnstown does a wonderful job of improving the city and the qualify of life in the city. If Lift Johnstown and CCOV were teamed, I believe the two organizations  could double, maybe triple, the amazing work that could be accomplished in Johnstown.

Lastly, Stackhouse Park, the hidden jewel in Johnstown, could be greatly upgraded.

With lots of dedication, love and hard work, scores of volunteers, with a state or federal grant, could, in three to five years turn Stackhouse Park into what it was in 1945 – one of the finest municipal parks in Pennsylvania.

Paul Rinker



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