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April 21, 2014

Clean-Up Day service project will spruce up city of Clinton


"I think it would be fun, and a good way to get the people of the community together who normally wouldn't get together," he added.

One group of Clinton residents has always participated in cleaning up the city but its efforts go toward beautifying the downtown district.

For nearly 20 years the Clinton Kiwanis Club has committed two hours every Saturday morning in the summer to cleaning up the downtown. Club members also have stretched their efforts into the Lyons district on occasion but try to remained focused on the heavily traveled downtown area of Clinton.

"Those are the busiest blocks where most of the people are walking around at," Kiwanian Joni Krogman said. "We want the downtown area to look nice for visitors and for people who live here as well."

And those efforts have been noticed. On May 14, city planner Jacob Coupee will present the group with a certificate of thanks for the hard work it puts into making the town more beautiful.

The project's organizer, Robert Hoffmann, said that while they are honored to receive the recognition from the city, they don't do the weekly cleanup to be noticed.

"We are a service club and personally I really see this as an ideal way of service," Hoffmann said. "It's not a big flashy thing but it is a way for us to give back to the community."

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