Langdon will be looking squeaky clean on April 24, after the Langdon Community Association (LCA) hosts its annual community clean-up event.
The hamlet's yearly clean-up, which was cancelled last year due to COVID-19, is held to commemorate Earth Day.
According to LCA Chair Chrissy Craig, the community can get pretty dirty over the winter months, and the snowmelt can reveal all of the litter that was hidden under the snow. She said she wants to bring the community together and give it a good clean for Earth Day.
“It’ll just be nice to have a clean community,” she said.
Without a town council to organize the clean-up of the hamlet, it is up to community members to do so. Craig said that for as long as she can remember, the community association has stepped up to the plate.
But while the LCA facilitates the event and organizes the distribution of garbage bags, dumping fees and any other supplies, Craig stressed Langdonites are the ones who get the job done.
“It helps people to feel like their community is a place to be proud of and they feel like they’ve been a part of it, and doing things for the community – especially now with COVID, where everybody is so separated and segregated in their homes – to actually do something that’s outside of their homes is for the greater community,” Craig said.
The event will look a little bit different this year, as the association is asking people to register beforehand, so they can organize a sufficient number of supplies and have additional information for contact tracing if needed. The day will start out at the Langdon Field House, where Craig said residents can pick up supplies any time from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. before they set out to different areas of Langdon.
Chrissy said that due to Landon’s size, she figures the clean-up crew will be able to hit the majority of the hamlet.
The day will also accommodate social distancing measures, she said, with staggered supply pick-up and social distancing measures in place. Furthermore, each volunteer will be grouped together with members of their own household.
In previous years, the association has had members of Girl Guides of Canada and Scouts Canada volunteer for the cleanup. Craig figures that members of Scouts Canada will come out again this year, but each volunteer will be asked to stay in their household groups.
Craig said that during the pandemic, the LCA is putting an emphasis on outdoor events that are safe and fun for families in the community – including its annual Parade of Garage Sales, which will be held in the first weekend of May with a “COVID-19 touch” to it.
Many of the LCA’s other events have been halted in order to comply with government restrictions on in-person gatherings.
Those interested in registering for the Langdon Community Clean-up can do so at the LCA’s website goodlucktown.ca
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