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Lansford Alive coordinates Community Pride Day April 20

Published April 12. 2013 05:04PM

Lansford Alive is coordinating Community Pride Day on Saturday, April 20, beginning at 9 a.m. at the pool grounds. The borough is helping by providing equipment and rakes, brooms, and shovels to help with the cleanup.

The group is targeting the business district and the main entrances to town, and asks that residents get involved by helping with the cleanup for a few hours.

"The more help, the less time it will take, and the cleaner our town will be,' said Lansford Alive President Chris Ondrus.

The event is being held in conjunction with the 2013 Great American Cleanup of PA. Participants in the cleanup will receive gloves, vests, and bags, donated by PENNDOT and Keep America Beautiful. Businesses, community organizations and clubs, residents, and anyone who has community service to perform are encouraged to participate. Refreshments will be provided to those who assist in the cleanup. Anyone with any questions or suggestions can contact Ondrus at (570) 645-5711.

In other Lansford Alive news, the group is changing its meeting times. the group will now hold evening meetings each month for the rest of the year. The general membership meetings will be held on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Cabrera's Restaurant, 161 W. Ridge St., with the first meeting on April 17. The group plans to discuss the upcoming town cleanup, a banner program, and other future projects. Refreshments will be provided following the meeting.

Lansford Alive's membership drive is currently under way, and the group encourages businesses to return their membership forms. Lansford Alive is always welcoming new members, whether they are a business or a member of the community. There are also several board positions available that need to be filled.

One open position was recently filled when Pastor Jeremy Benack of Grace Community Church took a seat on the board. The group will conduct its annual election of officers at the general membership meeting at 6:30 p.m. May 15. The board meetings will continue to be held at 8 a.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month.

Lansford Alive has also launched its website, at, and is now on Facebook at The group encourages people to "like" the page and stay up to date with the group's activities. Benack suggested the Facebook page, and the feedback has been very positive, Ondrus said.

"It is definitely much quicker to get the word out about an event through this type of media, and we will continue to use this and our website to inform everyone. Our latest post has pictures from the Easter egg hunt sponsored by the American Legion," he said.

Also, the next phase of the old jail restoration has begun. Berk's Construction is installing windows in the building, as well as a front door and interior work. Much of the work was completed through a $20,000 grant.

Lansford Alive encourages anyone interested in preserving the business district and helping to move the town forward to attend the next general meeting and offer any suggestions or ideas.

"The more people who get involved, the more that can be accomplished," Ondrus said.

For more information, contact Ondrus at (570) 645-5711.

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