By Joshua Estabrooks

Special to The Pioneer

Residents of the Columbia Valley are invited to take part in a day of clean up in and around the District of Invermere on Saturday, April 27th.

Organizers of the annual Valley Pride Community Clean Up have arranged to once again clean up the debris from the past year on roadways and yards and need help from as many local residents as possible. This is a full community event, with schools, service groups and community associations taking part to keep the community clean.

I think it makes a lot of sense to get citizens involved to clean up some of the unnecessary garbage, said Invermere mayor Gerry Taft. Hopefully it helps to change behaviours around littering and other activities that are detrimental to our environment as a whole. It really shows pride in your community.

Pitch-In is an annual week long clean up campaign that occurs across Canada. More than 622,000 Canadians take part in the program which runs from April 21st through 27th. Organizers ask that all residents take some time during that week to clean up around their homes and properties, and come out to Pothole Park at 10 a.m. on Saturday to help clean up the community.

Mayor Taft said that the idea of Pitch-In is to bring people together, including service groups, schools and community members, to rejuvenate the pride they have in their community after the snows of winter have melted away, often leaving unsightly garbage in many parts of town.

At the end of the day, participants are invited to return to Pothole Park for coffee, soft drinks and donuts provided by Tim Hortons, while AG Valley Foods and Invermere Sobeys will be providing food and drink for students who will be cleaning up garbage earlier in the week.

For more information visit or contact local organizers, Milt Deck (250-342-3353) or David Gee (250-342-6480).