The Big Day another big success

Bethany J. Royer

May 4, 2014

Bethany J. Royer

Staff Writer


PIQUA — For the third year in a row, the Big Day proved to be a success as individuals, families and a variety of organizations came together to tend to weeds, trash and other clean-up necessities in area parks, parking lots and more Saturday morning.

William (Bill) Lutz, development program manager for the city of Piqua, was pleased with the turnout and the weather, stating the Big Day is an easy way to take pride in the community and get to know their neighbors.

Some of that pride could be seen at Veteran’s Park on Washington Ave., where members of the memorial committee, Jim Robinson, Chuck Morris, Jim Oda and Jerry Christy, were busy adding a new layer of mulch around trees. Meanwhile, in downtown Piqua, Lorna Swisher, executive director of Mainstreet Piqua, along with Mary Francis Rodriguez, Jean Francis, Brad Boehringer, Mike and Paul Gutmann and the entire Snyder family — Bev, Amy, Nick, Jenna and Owen — were aiding in clean-up around McCulloch Square and the outlying blocks that included the city rain gardens.

Not far from the collaboration of Mainstreet Piqua and the Piqua Rotary, four rambunctious members of the Piqua School of the Arts located above Ken Mar Antiques on Main Street, were tending to the main entrance of their dance studio behind the library. Their endeavors included new flowers, with work contributed by Emma Carroll, Emma Pierron, Geneva Uhlenbroch and Sierra Leonard, along with their parents Tracey Leonard, Wendy Pierron, Michelle and John Carroll, and Denise Uhlenbroch, also the group’s artistic director at the school.

On the other side of town, Bill Shinall and David Humerickhouse, members of the Southwest Neighborhood Association, were tending to Candlewood Boulevard.

Shinall stated the work was his therapy session with the care and improvement of the 30-foot-by-300-foot area not only a work-in-progress but a team effort.

Others participating in the Big Day included: Commissioner Joe Wilson at Greene and Wayne streets, Michelle Lafreniere at Fountain Park, Steve Trostle at Pitsenbarger Park, and the Northparks Neighborhood Association at Das and Kiwanis parks.

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