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June 5, 2009

Caring, sharing unifies citizens

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Harolyn Sherman agreed and said the smallest parts really make a difference.

Also participating in the event was a group from the Western Maryland Central Labor Council AFL-CIO.

“We wanted to give back to the community,” Jim Bestpitch, president of the council, said about why the group decided to participate in the event. “We are lucky that we have good jobs with good benefits; we’re grateful for what we have and want to do a little to help others.”

Bestpitch said the event helps beautify the city as well as bring the community together.

And of course, the Columbia Gas team, corporate sponsors for the event, came out to help with mowing and weed whacking.

“We like to give back to the community and we’re happy to be the corporate sponsor of this event,” said Dave Yates.

Having been involved with the event since its conception, the team has watched the number of volunteers grow each year.

“So many people are involved, and the work done today affects everyone,” said Francis Mouse. “And we all live in the community and we just want to help beautify the area.”

Councilwoman Mary Beth Pirolozzi, executive director of County United Way, said the Columbia Gas team has been wonderful, too, helping with every aspect of the event.

“It’s great to have these guys out in the community where people see they do more than just working on gas lines,” she said. “And they don’t just sponsor the Cumberland Day of Caring and Sharing, but also Frostburg and Oakland. They’re just a great group to work with and have involved with the event.”

After doughnuts downtown at 8 a.m., smaller groups broke off and went to work around town. At noon they reassembled at the Hot Stove Bingo Building on Industrial Boulevard for lunch, door prizes and reports from team supervisors about the work accomplished Friday morning.

Contact Tess Hill at thill@times-news.com.

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