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May 28, 2014
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Albion SDA, residents partner for labour day project
Jolyn Bryan, Star Writer


Cecile Francis and Owen Affleck tackle a large heap of garbage at an unofficial dump during the clean-up. - Jolyn Bryan

The Orion Pathfinder Club of the Albion Seventh-day Adventist Church and the Albion Citizens' Association and Neighbourhood Watch, turned out early on Friday morning to clean up the median strip that runs the length of the community.

Assisted by Girls of Eloquence, Morals and Standards, the youth arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church's Women's Ministry, the groups cleared away garbage, cut the grass and shrubs, painted the pedestrian crossing and removed the large stones that had been deposited along the area.

The stones were later used to make a welcome sign at the entrance to the community.

According to Cecile Francis, president of the Albion Citizens' Association, the day was the culmination of much hard work, and represented a small step in uniting the rural community.

"We want to build a sense of pride in our community. We want people to come out to work together to beautify our surroundings, but we also want to build a sense of camaraderie, that will help to build our residents," she said as the workday progressed.

Ann Lewis, a youth leader, expressed the same sentiment. "This workday represents a means of integrating into the community for the youths. It will build civic pride and social responsibility," she told THE STAR.

The workday was concluded with lunch, provided through local restaurants, by the citizens' association, which also staged a free concert on Sunday evening as a thank you for the large turn- out.

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