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February 17, 2012

Helpers wanted

Beautification project begins Saturday

Corsicana — Budding artists, willing volunteers and handy men and women are sought — and everyone is invited.

It’s the launch of a new, targeted downtown beautification project for downtown Corsicana, and it starts at 7 a.m. Saturday.

The project, part of the Main Street program in Corsicana, is beginning with work on the windows of the old Dyer’s department store building at the corner of Collin Street and Main Street.

At the suggestion of a consultant that visited the city last January, the Main Street program hopes to partner with owners of vacant downtown buildings to make use of the “empty space” in windows and display areas, turning them into artistic displays and promotional space for downtown events and activities.

“A volunteer group will clean out the display windows and paint the backdrops of those windows with the ultimate goal of improving the appearance,” said Connie Standridge, Corsicana city manager.

Window displays could include such items as posters, art work, historic photos or items — all designed to turn sometimes unsightly empty space into an inviting display.

Volunteers for the project include Ann Johnson, who has for years designed window displays for retail businesses in the area. She’ll be helped by many additional volunteers in the effort, Standridge said.

“Ultimately, our goal is to have it done by Derrick Days, and to have something in those windows that will be attractive,” she said.

Those interested in volunteering for Saturday’s work day can contact the Main Street office at (903) 654-4851. Teams are needed to work from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, according to a post on the Main Street Facebook page.

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Bob Belcher may be reached by email at belcher@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “Soundoff” on this story? Email: soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com

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