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City’s Fields gets ‘Heart of Community’ award

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Covington Solid Waste and Recycling Coordinator Sheila Fields is being honored for her efforts to beautify the City … before, during and after her work week. (Photo from Keep Covington Beautiful.)

COVINGTON, Ky. - If there’s an event that has to do with cleaning up or beautifying the City of Covington, chances are Sheila Fields is there. 

Fields, the City’s Solid Waste and Recycling Coordinator, has been a relentless force since arriving at City Hall about five years ago.
 
This weekend, her efforts will be recognized.
 
Fields will be one of the recipients of The Center for Great Neighborhoods’ “Heart of the Community Award,” which honors Covington residents who have made significant contributions to their neighborhood or school.
 
Fields’ nomination gives an idea of her passion for both her work and the City:
 
“Even though Sheila is employed by the City, she goes above and beyond DAILY to improve her neighborhood and community,” it reads. 

“She's constantly picking up trash off the street/curb/flower beds, pulling weeds, planting flowers, giving up her precious free time to clean up and beautify around her. She's always ready to educate people on whether or not their trash is recyclable or compostable. You can find Sheila volunteering in the community garden, picking up trash while she's running, planting milkweed for the butterflies, and speaking passionately about bettering the community.”
 
Covington Neighborhood Services Director Ken Smith echoed that narrative.
 
“I have never met anyone as passionate about their work as Sheila,” Smith said. “We are lucky to have her leading our Solid Waste division.”
 
The award ceremony - which will also recognize a number of other recipients - will take place Saturday during CGN’s annual celebration, which is 4 p.m.-6 p.m. at the Hellmann Creative Center, 321 W. MLK Jr. Blvd./12th Street. It’s open to the public.
 
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