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Mansfield Goes Green: Best Maid Pickle Parade and Palooza expands to three-day event
The third annual “World’s Only Best Maid St. Paddy’s Pickle Parade & Palooza” is capitalizing on its popularity and success by adding more events and expanding to three days.
What started as a community event to honor Best Maid, founded in Mansfield, has grown into several events to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, all centered around historic downtown Mansfield. The festival is sponsored by Best Maid Pickles and the City of Mansfield.
The festivities kick off Friday, March 14, with live music from Clint Moody at 7 p.m. at Steven’s Garden & Grill, 223 Depot St. Participants in the 5K and 10K “Pickle Run” will be able to pick up their packets from 3 to 8 p.m. at Steven’s.
The Pickle Run is Saturday, March 15, at St. Jude’s Catholic Church, 500 E. Dallas St. Registration, costume contest and dance contest begin at 8 a.m. The 1-mile Fun Run starts at 9 a.m., followed by the 10K at 9:30 a.m. and the 5K at 9:45 a.m.
The Pickle Palooza begins at 10 a.m. Saturday in historic downtown with a children’s playground, arts and crafts, live music and food. Activities end at 6 p.m.
The Pickle Parade will begin at 2 p.m., leaving from St. Jude’s Catholic Church and traveling north on Main Street through historic downtown. The Wheelie-ing Elvi are among the parade participants. And of course the floats will feature the Pickle Queens, a group of red-headed, tiara and green ball gown-wearing beauties, who will be passing out Mardi Gras beads.
And although the event is full of good humor, organizers said they are serious about its origin: honoring Best Maid’s heritage in Mansfield and bringing more attention to historic downtown.
This year the events extend to Sunday with a special showing at 2 p.m. of “The Wizard of Oz” at the Farr Best Theater, 109 N. Main St. in historic downtown. The movie is free, although donations are being accepted for the “Feed the Kids For Summer” program. The movie event is sponsored by Darryl Haynes.
For more information about the event, visit their website at www.pickleparade.org.Posted on 03/05/14
Keep Mansfield Beautiful and the City of Mansfield are hosting its Spring HHW Collection Event on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at City Hall. The collection will start at 9 a.m. and end at 11 a.m., or once the trailers are full. Please enter the parking lot from Wisteria St. and exit onto E. Broad St. Businesses are not allowed to drop-off materials at this event!
Household hazardous wastes can include auto fluids, household cleaners, unused fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and other chemicals that have the potential to be harmful. Paints, thinners, fluorescent light bulbs, batteries, and photo and pool chemicals also fall into this category. HHW materials should not be placed in with garbage, poured down a sink, poured out in the street, or dumped off the side of the road. These actions can cause harm to the person or wildlife that comes in contact with those materials. Follow this link to find out how to dispose of paint at your home!
In addition to these products, an electronics recycler will be on site to collect used computer equipment and other electronics from residents. Electronic equipment should be kept out of our landfills because of the metals and other potential pollutants contained in the equipment.
If you can not make this collection day, you may dispose of these products year round at the Environmental Collection Center, located at 6400 Bridge St., Fort Worth, TX 76112. Call ahead for hours and to make sure your material will be taken at 817-392-3279. You must bring proof (Drivers License or Utility Bill) that you are a Mansfield resident for this free disposal method.Posted on 02/24/14
MANSFIELD WATER UTILITIES RECIPIENT OF 2014 AMERICAN WATER WORKS COMMUNICATIONS AWARD
The City of Mansfield Water Utilities Department has been named the recipient of the American Water Works Association 2014 Public Communications Achievement Award to be presented at the AWWA national annual conference in Boston this June.
The award, given to three U.S. cities or municipal water districts based on population, recognizes “significant accomplishments in communication that educate the public, promote awareness and understanding of water issues, establish media relations, implements community involvement programs and inspire others to model behavior with the public that builds trust and credibility.”
“We are honored to have been recognized by our peers for our efforts in communicating with Mansfield residents,” said Joe Smolinski, director of utility operations for the City of Mansfield. “We have strived over the past several years to be innovative and creative as we help our customers understand the importance of water issues in our community and the impact those issues have on their lives.”
“This is a significant achievement for the City of Mansfield,” said City Manager Clayton Chandler. “Our outreach efforts have given our residents, who are also our water customers, a greater understanding about what we do each and every day to provide them with superior service. We appreciate that the American Water Works Association considers us an example of successful public outreach.”
The AWWA award addresses several specific communication achievements by the Water Utilities Department. Among them the development and implementation of a proactive public relations campaign, support and expansion of volunteer programs, utilization of the department’s new mascot and hydration station vehicle and the redesign of the annual consumer confidence report.
Smolinski cites the department’s growing public education campaign at special events like Hometown Holidays as one of its successes. Water Utilities mascot H2Owen and the H2Oasis (hydration station) have become prominent fixtures at several community events and helped to promote issues such as conservation and clean water.
Collaborative effort was also a key factor in the department’s public communication plan. Water Utilities partners with the city’s Communications & Marketing Department on the publication of its annual Consumer Confidence Report, also known as the annual Water Quality Report. In 2013, the departments redesigned the publication into a calendar format, parodying reality television shows to communicate its message of water conservation, water quality and environmental awareness. The calendar garnered widespread support and positive feedback from residents.
“Our departments work well together, particularly when it comes to finding creative ways to present what could be considered very boring, but important, information,” said Belinda Willis, director of communications & marketing for the city. “Communications & Marketing had wanted to get our hands on the water quality report for years and Joe gave us the opportunity to work with his team. And when we wanted to think outside the box, everyone was on board.
“The calendar accomplished our goal of generating interest among residents. It also gave our departments a chance to stretch our wings creatively. And it was a lot of fun for everyone involved,” Willis said.
Smolinski said Mansfield Water Utilities is taking a strategic approach to public communications because it is critical to the departments overall mission: providing the Mansfield community with a safe, sufficient supply of drinking water and sanitary sewer service.
“None of our department’s goals and objectives can be accomplished without effective communication,” he said. “We have made significant strides in these efforts in the last two years. It is gratifying to know that all our hard work is not only deemed successful but among the best in the country.”Posted on 02/12/14
The Water Utility Department has coordinated with Tarrant County Master Gardner Association to host a series of Texas SmartScape Classes!
Whether you’re designing a garden for your new home or just adding a few new plants to your yard, Texas SmartScape classes can help! They give you the tools you need to plan your garden, select the right plants, and care for them in a manner that saves you time and money while at the same time protecting our streams and rivers and ultimately conserving our water resources.
Classes are held at the Water Treatment Plant, 707 Pleasant Ridge Ct., Mansfield, TX 76063 (behind Worley Middle School). All classes are free to any Mansfield resident. Sign up today, seating is limited! There will be door prizes to go along with the great information!
To register call: (817) 477-2248 or email: email@example.com
The following is a list of the Texas SmartScape classes being held 6 p.m.-8 p.m. each Thursday evening in March:
Drought Tolerant ≠ Desert Plants - March 06, 2014
When people think of drought tolerant plants they usually think of desert plants, cactus, and rocks. Fortunately in North Texas, we have many more options than that! Come learn what native and drought tolerant plants are for North Texans and how they help you have a vibrant landscape while requiring less maintenance, saving water and keeping a thicker wallet!
Birds & Butterflies - March 13, 2014
Birds and butterflies are fun to watch in the garden, but they also play an important role in pollinating, controlling pests and scattering seeds! Learn how to create your own backyard sanctuary with plants that attract birds and butterflies.
Fix-A-Leak Class - March 20, 2014
Leaks can happen anytime and cause a serious problem if left unattended, all the while costing you tons of money! Fix-A-Leak Week is a national campaign to educate residents how to fix their leaking toilets, showers, sinks, and irrigation systems. Come learn how simple and quick it is to make these repairs yourself! Mansfield Lowes and Home Depot have partner with us to also teach Fix-A-Leak Classes 10 am-12 pm on March 22.
Talking Natives w/ Nature Education Specialist - March 27, 2014
Would you ever make a polar bear live in your backyard? No, because they would have a hard time surviving in this climate. So why would you try to grow plants in your yard that aren’t native to this climate? Meet Mansfield’s very own Nature Education Specialist and learn how plants native to North TX thrive in these unpredictable weather conditions and provide more than a pretty bloom for animals and insects.Posted on 02/12/14
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