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HOPE Initiative busy helping the community

By TRAVIS WEIK - tweik@thecouriertimes.com

The HOPE Initiative is meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight to talk about the Stellar Communities Program.

HOPE Co-Director Cathy Hamilton wrote the letter of intent getting New Castle, Knightstown and Henry County communities as top finalists for the annual state program.

Community members and leaders are invited to attend tonight’s meeting at the HOPE Building, 1426 Broad St., New Castle, to learn more about the Stellar program and how they can help.

HOPE Initiative is also inviting volunteers to help out at Memorial Park and the Castle Heights neighborhood Friday morning.

“Clean Up and Plant Down” starts with breakfast at 8 a.m. Friday in Memorial Park’s W.G. Smith Building. Crews will then move out to put metal roofs on park shelters, move playground equipment, spruce up gardens and pick up trash.

Volunteers will also head to Castle Heights in New Castle to plant flowers around the community and pick up debris in alley ways. Bagged lunches will be provided before work begins.

The community is invited to HOPE Initiative’s Spring Plant swap at 9 a.m. Saturday at Millstone Farms and Gardens, 1500 W. Alabama Street, New Castle.

The event has become a favorite of gardeners throughout the county. Participants are can bring anything to swap related to gardening: plants, gardening tools, books/magazines, etc.

Gardeners can start setting their items up at 8:30 a.m.

Donut holes and coffee will be available. Contact Dennis Hamilton at 513-295-5360 or hamiltondennis@comcast.net with questions.