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HINCKLEY YOUTH COUNCIL WORKING HARD TO IMPROVE COMMUNITY

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If the adage holds that service is the price one pays for the space he occupies on Earth, a group of youngsters in Hinckley are entitled to a pretty good-size chunk of real estate.

Members of the town's youth council, headed by "Mayor" Jared Clay, have been instrumental in working toward a "Welcome to Hinckley" project and soliciting a considerable amount of labor and support from the adult set.Main Street has been cleaned, concrete pillars installed, signs completed and flag poles erected. To accomplish this, the youngsters engaged the help of Lions Club members, city personnel and other volunteers.

Since the group was organized about eight months ago, it has conducted a voter awareness program, adopted a grandparent program and last Christmas hand-painted wood ornaments, replaced globes in city decorations, went Christmas caroling, held a holiday dinner for senior citizens and decorated the city park.

Members of the council say they are working to reverse the image of some youths' negative activities. Local officials say their community, through the efforts of its youngsters, is in good hands.

Serving on the youth council with its mayor are Maria Stevens, Deann Warnick and Becky Clay. Wendy Wright is the clerk.

Also involved in youth service activities are Crystal Howes, Cannon Hamaker, Jeanette Hamaker, JaNae Bennett, Michelle Bennett, Brittany Finlinson, Linda Valerio, Amy Brinkerhoff and Sabrina Larson. Cherie Morris is adviser.