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March 27, 2013

Editorial - March 27, 2013: Show pride; sow flowers

The issue: Planting of public areas around Kokomo.

Our view: The city’s planting initiative shouts civic pride to residents and visitors alike. If you have a green thumb and some free time May 18, we encourage you to show your community spirit and help Kokomo bloom this spring.

Preparing downtown flowers is today an annual rite for friends of the Kokomo Downtown Association. Spring is here, despite all the snow, so it’s time to get busy.

“Downtown is the showcase of our community,” Mayor Greg Goodnight said last year. “When people are looking for a place to live or start a business, they ask to see the downtown, because a downtown will tell them if a community is decaying or if it is progressing. Our community is progressing, and beautification is a wonderful way to show it.”

The downtown association, a division of the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance, hosted adult and student volunteers to plant flower cuttings in baskets Tuesday.

The flower baskets will hang from streetlights along Sycamore Street, from St. Joseph Hospital to U.S. 31.

More baskets will hang from light posts on other streets in the center of the city and around the Indiana University Kokomo campus. Outdoor plantings will take place between City Hall and the Howard County Courthouse.

Mark and Julie Hilligoss’ greenhouse at 3556 W. 500 South, Sharpsville, welcomed the cutting-planters Tuesday.

The 700 baskets will remain in the greenhouse until May, when city crews will hang them.

Volunteers also will join city crews from 8 a.m. to noon May 18 to plant flowers downtown. Helpers on planting day should bring gloves, garden trowels and shovels. Sponsors of downtown’s 34 bump-outs are particularly encouraged to come out and plant their intersections.

Everyone will meet at 8 a.m. May 18 at the Gazebo across from City Hall on Union Street for coffee, juice and doughnuts.

The downtown association’s planting initiative, financially supported by the city since former Mayor Matt McKillip’s administration, shouts civic pride to residents and visitors alike.

If you have a green thumb and some free time May 18, we encourage you to show your community spirit and help Kokomo bloom this spring.

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