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Photos by Evan Bevins Marietta College marketing seniors Michael Trent, front left, and Tyreik Martin and right, Marietta Main Street board member Tim Glover spread mulch in a landscaped area on Front Street on Sunday as part from the Spring Clean Sweep on Marietta Main Street.

Spring cleaning on Marietta Main Street came a day late thanks to the cold, wet weather on Saturday, but the approximately 18 volunteers spared no less than a dollar to spruce up Front Street downtown on Sunday.

“It’s the best day we’ve had this week to do that,” said Tim Glover, board member of Marietta Main Street, a non-profit organization focused on community development and historic preservation. “There are a lot of new volunteers, people I’ve never seen before. It’s always good to see.

It’s one of two cleanup days the organization holds each year, one in the spring and one in the fall, Glover said.

Haessly Hardwood Lumber Co. delivered and donated mulch, and volunteers from Marietta Morning Rotary, Marietta College, Marietta High School and others came to spread it and clean up bumps and landscaping along from Front Street.

“I think it gives them a sense of pride in the community,” said Marietta Main Street executive director Jennifer Tinkler. “People like to say, ‘I helped with that. “”

Marietta College marketing seniors, from left, Malik Grier, Michael Trent and Tyreik Martin pick up sticks and branches along Butler Street in downtown Marietta on Sunday as part of the Marietta Main Street Spring Clean Sweep .

The city of Marietta provided a dump truck, worker and equipment, Marietta Mayor Josh Schlicher said. The city workers could also have done the job, but the efforts of the volunteers will allow them to focus their efforts on other tasks.

“It relieves us of the burden” said Schlicher, who joined volunteers in spreading mulch. “They’re (Marietta Main Street) a great partner.”

Volunteer Dylan Holdren said he could see a difference after just a few hours.

“You can tell it’s more dynamic,” he said.

Sunday’s work is setting the stage for 360 purple petunias to be delivered and placed in downtown and Harmar Village in early May, Tinkler said. Businesses and individuals can sponsor a flowerpot, with more information available at

Marietta Morning Rotary volunteers, clockwise from bottom left, Maureen Kertes, Mary Segrest and Duncan Segrest and Marietta Mayor Josh Schlicher spread mulch in a landscaped area of ​​Front and Butler on Sunday as part of the Marietta Main Street spring sweep.

Evan Bevins can be reached at [email protected]

Photo by Evan Bevins Marietta Rotary morning volunteer Brandon Lovett empties mulch from a tractor as his wife Maureen Kertes prepares to spread it Sunday afternoon on Front and Butler streets in Marietta as part of the spring cleaning of Marietta Main Street.

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