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Volunteers Spruce Up Downtown Streets

June 4, 2011
By ZACH MACORMAC Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Thanks to a volunteer group with the ON TRAC design committee, downtown Wheeling will look a little cleaner and brighter for visitors to upcoming summer activities.

The group of nearly 20 people took to Heritage Port, Water Street and Main and Market streets up to 11th Street in the downtown area to do some "spring cleaning." They spent three hours Friday afternoon repainting curbs and clearing litter.

"This is the ON TRAC design committee's first project to help clean up and kick off the summer event series," said Susan Hogan, committee member.

Main Street Bank leaders and employees made up a majority of the volunteers while the Wheeling Convention and Visitors' Bureau, Wheeling National Heritage Area Corp. and the city of Wheeling were also represented.

According to city of Wheeling Marketing Director Joelle Ennis, the event was intended to promote volunteerism, inspire residents and show what community cooperation can achieve.

Wheeling was designated an ON TRAC city in early 2010 by then-Gov. Joe Manchin. It stands for Organization, Training, Revitalization and Capacity. Coinciding with this project is ON TRAC's goal to spur Wheeling to the status of a "Main Street community," which focuses beautification to the most trafficked areas in the downtown.

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