Perfect weather prevails for KARE For Kane Day

Sunny skies and mild temperatures prevailed Friday for the second annual KARE For Kane Day.An estimated 450 volunteers took part in the one-day project to beautify the community. The total is a huge increase over the first event in 2011.“It’s going really well,” Melanie Clabaugh said Friday as she greeted volunteers at the Kane Area Community Center on Fraley Street.“Everyone seems to be excited and the projects are getting done,” she said.Clabaugh, the executive director of the Kane Area Development Center (KADC), is the co-coordinator of KARE For Kane with Kathleen Prosperi, a Kane resident and AmeriCorps worker at the high school.The KADC includes the Chamber of Commerce, the Kane Area Industrial Development Corporation (KAIDC) and the Kane Area Revitalization Enterprise (KARE).Clabaugh, who has served as executive director of the KADC for about two years, is leaving the post next week to assist with a family business.She is stepping down after another successful KARE For Kane Day.“We couldn’t ask for better weather,” Clabaugh said Friday. “It’s perfect.”“Things are running smoothly,” Prosperi said. “I’m pleased with the turnout.”More than 400 pre-registered to volunteer to work on a list of more than 50 community improvement projects. There also were many “walk-ins” who decided at the last minute to lend a hand to tackle a beautification project.The volunteers stopped by the community center for their work assignments and tools, if needed.Numerous residents “loaned” rakes, shovels and other tools for the KARE For Kane project.The Kane Rotary Club provided lunch at the community center. Food came from Roma Gardens—one of many Kane area businesses to contribute to the success of KARE For Kane.Some offices closed to enable workers to volunteer.The Kane borough office was closed in the morning while staff members Lori Feldbauer, Karen Walter and Sue Holt picked up litter and weeded flowerbeds at the Steve Jerman Memorial at Southover Park on Route 66 south of Kane.See full article by purchasing the May 12 edition of The Kane Republican.