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Operation facelift for cities have KMVT $1000 prize package for the winners
CASTLEFORD, ID. (KMVT-TV) New look. New attitude. New business. That's what "operation facelift" is all about this week. It's a regional effort to freshen up downtown communities in Southern Idaho. The downtown revitalization event happens all week and started Monday. In downtown Castleford lies three businesses with one problem they're all in need of some TLC. This week over 40 buildings in twelve communities throughout the Magic Valley will undergo renovations. Angie Gonterman is a volunteer. She said "a problem here in Castleford is things are old and no one has taken the time to clean it up and make it look like we want to be here. It's a small town, but our pride doesn't show." Volunteer Melissa Mc Coy said "our town needs sprucing up. There are rundown businesses." Operation facelift is a community-wide project for residents to help spruce up their downtown areas build community pride and encourage downtown activity. After the conclusion it's believed there will be more opportunity for commerce and activities in these areas. At the King and Hart's bar and grill, they're planning on repainting the poles and fixing the windows. It may be small things, but those small touches can make a very big difference." Governor Butch Otter said "that way they've got ownership in the decisions of what they want it to look like and pride in their community." "It's great. Take pride in your city and community." Taking pride in their city today for the future of tomorrow. Also in Filer the community selected four buildings for operation facelift. The buildings picked are 302 through 304, 312 and 375 main street. Volunteers are also cleaning the street sidewalks and windows along the downtown. The city plans to continue revitalizing the area in the future by replace sidewalks on Main Street. KMVT has pledged a $1,000 media prize for the most improved project for each of the twelve cities. At the conclusion of this week KMVT will pick a winner in each city. We'll have more stories on operation facelift all this week on KMVT's news at 6 and 10 pm.