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"Mower Squad" Helps Small Town Save Money
Community spirit is cutting a wide swath in Zearing, Iowa, since a crew of local citizens took over much of the town’s lawn care work. The all-volunteer mower squad heads out every week to make short work of a big job.
  “We can cut the town’s entry road ditches and parkway in just 35 minutes,” says Rick Good. “It used to take Jeff, the town custodian, 4 hrs. to do the same job. We figure he’s got other important work to do.”
  The Zearing “green-up gang” and their support crew check in at Good’s Kwik Stop convenience store after their 8 to 5 workday, before they tackle the town’s grassy property. The city fills their fuel tanks. In return, the happy hour gang has cut the city’s annual lawn care bill by about $1,200.
  Zearing’s mob mowers say it’s not just the money. They enjoy the camaraderie and community improvement. “Drivers on U.S. highway 65 wave and honk when they see our mower derby,” says Good. “Sometimes people in town thank us for helping to make the old town look her best.”
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Rex Gogerty, 3475 K. Ave., Hubbard, Iowa 50122 (ph 641 487-7617).

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2011 - Volume #35, Issue #6