Volunteers needed for clean up day

Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 19, 2015

Vicksburg National Military Park has scheduled its annual National Public Lands Day for Sept. 26.

“This is a great way to get involved and become a stake holder in the Vicksburg National Military Park,” natural resource program manager Sara Strickland said.

National Public Lands Day is the largest single day to work on public land, Strickland said.

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“A lot of national parks participate in this project and since it was started in 1994, it has grown like crazy,” she said.

In the past, the VNMP has had from 40 to 80 volunteers turn out to help, Strickland said.

With a symbiotic effect, National Public Lands Day offers opportunities for volunteers and the staff at VNMP.

“It is an opportunity for the public to maintain public land that they use and for the park to educate them on what we do,” Strickland said.

Strickland said any one is welcome to come out and volunteer.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. at park’s Visitor Center and work will begin between 8:30 and 9 a.m.

This year’s project will include working in the rose garden at the Shirley House and painting cannon carriages at Tour Stop 1.

Volunteers will be divided into to two groups for the projects, Strickland said.

“The rose garden will need weeding and tilling and some compost will need to be put out.”

Work will subside at noon, and all volunteers will receive a free pizza lunch.

“We will also be giving out fee free passes to the first folks that arrive,” Strickland said, adding the passes are good at any national park.

Strickland advised that all volunteers dress accordingly.

“Wear long sleeve shirts and pants that you don’t mind getting dirty or paint on,” she said.

She also recommended bringing a hat, sunscreen and bug spray. Gloves and water will be furnished.

For more information, call 601-636-0583 or visit nps.gov/vick.


About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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