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Portland neighborhood woman receives community award

Mary Leffler address the breakfast after receiving her award. (Source: Sharon Yoo, WAVE 3 News) Mary Leffler address the breakfast after receiving her award. (Source: Sharon Yoo, WAVE 3 News)
Mary Leffler (Source: Sharon Yoo, WAVE 3 News) Mary Leffler (Source: Sharon Yoo, WAVE 3 News)
Mary Leffler received the Go Portland Community Achievement Award for her work to keep the Portland neighborhood clean. (Source: Sharon Yoo, WAVE 3 News) Mary Leffler received the Go Portland Community Achievement Award for her work to keep the Portland neighborhood clean. (Source: Sharon Yoo, WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Like any other neighborhood, Portland has its ups and downs. However, one thing is for sure, Portland residents have no shortage of love and pride when it comes to their neighborhood.
 
"I'm a lifetime Portland resident so I loved where I lived, I always lived here and I love this community," Mary Leffler said.
 
Leffler is the founder of a neighborhood sub-committee called PUP, short for Picking Up Portland. Leffler says she wants nothing but the best for the neighborhood she calls home. So she shows love by cleaning up around her area along with the people who make up her sub-committee.

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"We used to go around just picking up garbage and trash and whatever but I joined Portland Now and they had a cleanup committee there," Leffler said.
 
Once she joined, Leffler transformed that existing committee into PUP. For the past few years, Leffler has been dedicated to PUP, leading her to an award that was presented at the Portland Museum today.
 
The Go Portland Community Achievement Award is reserved for those who devote their lives to their communities.

"Our goal is to bring things alive," said Leffler, "to pick up the community in every way we can."
 
Leffler hopes the attention her committee gives to Portland will come back in a good way.

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"I think many of the challenges are getting people to take pride in where they live," Leffler added.

More residents, more businesses, and hopefully growth in a neighborhood they love so much.
 
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