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Celebrating Earth Day Also Means Celebrating Your Community

This year, Earth Day falls on April 22, and it is a day dedicated to raising awareness of the need to protect Earth’s natural resources for future generations. Communities also use that day to clean up parks, streets and neighborhoods.

Not only is it the right thing to do, but beautification efforts help cities to be welcoming, inviting and great places to visit. Keeping parks clean not only give recreational opportunities to residents in the area, but they also help enhance nearby property values, and that can help bring in homebuyers and families.

This weekend there are many clean-up crews hitting the streets of Gloversville with teams from City Hall, Fulton-Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce and Fulton County Center for Regional Growth. The Gloversville Women’s Alumni Club also participates in caring for the community as they pick up trash in the Prospect Hill cemetery from now leading up to Memorial Day, and they place the flags for our veterans at their headstones. Their clean-up also includes removing dead trees and cutting down limbs with help from family members and local business owners.

Keeping care of our community doesn’t stop at Earth Day. Next week is National Historic Marker Day on April 28th where volunteers clean and check up on historic markers throughout the area. Not only is taking care of the markers a part of beautification, but it also reminds us of all the great local history that is here.

The one at Rail Station Park reminds us of the impact of the railroad industry on this region when Gloversville was the Glove Capital of the World. The one at Parkhurst Field reminds us of our rich baseball history. The one at Fulton County Museum reminds us of our education and school beginnings in this area and the one at the American Legion reminds us of the sacrifices our military and veterans gave on our behalf as the legion is named after Harold Wilmot, the first Fulton County person who died in World War I on behalf of defending his country.

Similar to parks and greenspace, communities with a strong sense of history can attract employees that will want to work and live here, increase tourism revenues, and enhance economic development by showing developers the area’s numerous assets. Whether you are a developer, tourist, resident or a soon-to-be resident, we all want a good quality of life in our communities.


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