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About 50 PRIDE members from across the state embarked on a tour of Osage County Saturday, with Melvern PRIDE’s efforts highlighted at Melvern’s community garden and Railroad Park.

Wayne White | Managing Editor

MELVERN—Communities in Osage County have a lot to be proud of and Saturday some of them were able to show their pride to visitors from across the state. Saturday was Kansas’ Day of PRIDE, an annual event held to showcase successes of communities that participate in the Kansas PRIDE program.

The Kansas PRIDE program works through volunteer efforts to improve the quality of life in local communities, and has assisted communities since 1970. The goal of PRIDE is to maximize community and economic development efforts by encouraging groups to work together toward community betterment. In Osage County, the cities of Carbondale, Lyndon, Melvern, Osage City, Overbrook and Quenemo have established PRIDE committees.

The morning of June 2, the Day of PRIDE began at Melvern’s community center, where Melvern Mayor Joyce Lacey and Steve Kelly, deputy secretary of the Kansas Department of Commerce Business Development Division, welcomed more than 50 PRIDE representatives from around the state.

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