Volunteer shovelling program to help Creston seniors

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  • Dec. 13, 2011 11:00 a.m.

Responding to concerns that some Creston senior residents have problems removing snow from their sidewalks, a requirement under town bylaws, Mayor Ron Toyota is creating a Snow Cats program.

“I’m very pleased that Creston Valley Thunder Cat players have volunteered to get this program started,” said Toyota. “If the demand takes off, I’ll work to involve other youth groups who want to make a contribution to our community. And I’ll get out and help shovel, too.”

While Snow Cats is not an official Town of Creston program, town hall staff will take phone calls from seniors and people with handicaps, creating a list for the volunteer snow shovellers.

“Five Creston businesses have volunteered to donate shovels,” Toyota said. “Other communities have similar programs in place and now we are taking up the challenge of helping our friends and neighbours.”

Toyota said that, at least in the early stages of the program, the volunteer service comes with no guarantees.

“The Thunder Cat players travel out of town for games and they get a Christmas break to go home to their families,” he said. “But maybe we will get lucky and it won’t snow when the players aren’t available.”

To register for the service, call Creston Town Hall at 250-428-2214.

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