The Fremont County Board of Supervisors have received several encouraging updates from area Hometown Pride groups, in recent meetings.
Angie Sheldon. with Percival Hometown Pride, expressed gratitude to the board for their support. She said a Barn Quilt Club has been established in Percival to create a quilt trail through Fremont County.
She added that local 4-H clubs are creating barn quilts that will be auctioned off to help fund the trail.
Dick McClure, representing Sidney Hometown Pride, spoke about a potential farmer’s market the organization is working on for summer. He also talked of the success of the Sidney clean-up day and other activities. He also thanked the board for their support.
Jane Wilson and Kay Wing, with Farragut hometown pride, talked about donations they have received that was used for new playground equipment. They also discussed the community carnival, fish fry, city wide yard sales, and other events sponsored by Hometown Pride. Farragut also appreciates the continued support of the board.
Lindsay Carter, of Randolph Hometown Pride appeared before the board to show t-shirts, that say Randolph Reds, to sell at the ballfield, as well as brochures to promote the town. She also spoke of a community picnic that is in the works for this summer. She emphasized the organization could not have accomplished it all without the board’s support.
All community Hometown Pride representatives expressed concern over the expiration of the Keep Iowa Beautiful contract, in October 2018. Each delegate asked the board to keep Hometown Pride coach Doug Friedli when funding ends.
At the May 29 Supervisors meeting, Doug Friedli approached the board to discuss future funding. They voted unanimously to extend the Hometown Pride program for another year. The board will fund the $25,000 salary to Friedli, who will continue as the coach for each community. Friedli said he was grateful for the townships and the continued interest in Hometown Pride. “I would like to thank each [of them], and especially those that took the time to share lists of accomplishments with the Supervisors”, said Friedli.
The Supervisors said they were happy with the positive endeavors of each community Hometown Pride and thanked the representatives, volunteers, and donors.