Louisette Higgins and Rachelle MacPherson are hoping Main Street is packed with volunteers on Sunday, Sept. 22. A giant clean up is planned in advance of the national Play On! tournament the following weekend.
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She used to be one of those people who always complained about the unkempt appearance of Main Street. Not any more.
Louisette Higgins is doing something about it and rallying others to join her on Sunday, Sept. 22, at 1 p.m., starting at the Brown Street parking lot.
Higgins was inspired when she and other staff at Modern Realty, the business she co-owns with Tiffany Atkinson, attended the Sept. 11 community meeting “All Hands on Deck” at the Mariners Centre.
The meeting was held to brainstorm ideas to get Yarmouth ship-shape for the future, specifically next spring when ferry service resumes to Maine.
“Main Street came up a lot, which I was happy to hear,” said Higgins.
For nearly two years, she has walked almost every day from her office to Tim Hortons and back.
“I see the weeds and the gum and debris,” she said.
“Downtown is supposed to be our gem next to the waterfront and it should be cleaned.
“So, the hockey tournament is coming and I said why don’t we arrange this. It will be a kick off resulting from ‘All Hands on Deck.’ Hopefully it will get people moving on the other projects,” she said.
Yarmouth is hosting The Redwood Cup Sept. 26-28, which is the national street hockey championship of Play On!. Tournament organizers say crowds of approximately 1,000 are expected along Main Street daily. The event will be the focus of a national CBC telecast.
At her initial planning meeting on Tuesday night she had close to a dozen people.
Clean Rite is bringing their power-washing truck to help out. Kent Building Supplies is donating garbage bags; real estate companies are donating latex gloves and Yarmouth Public Works is helping with supplies.
“The phone’s been ringing steady, so that’s good!” said Higgins.
“The more people we have, the further we’ll be able to go up a couple of side streets.”
The focus will be from Cliff Street to Grand Street with volunteers divided into groups. Everyone is asked to bring gardening and weeding equipment, pressure washers, anything deemed helpful for clean up efforts.
“It’s basically a call out to business owners to get your toothbrushes out and clean your windowsills. The guys playing hockey probably won’t pay attention, but there’s going to be a lot of people watching,” said Higgins.
The Modern Realty office (across from CIBC) will be open for those who need washroom facilities during the clean up and Higgins is hoping other nearby businesses will do the same.
For more information on the event or if you think you can donate something to the cause, call 902-740-6251 or email firstname.lastname@example.org