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Ward 10 Councillor Maria Pearson

Help clean up litter

Councillor’s column, Maria Pearson, Ward 10

It’s great to see the snow piles melting away. However, now we have litter and debris, grit, salt and sand to contend with.

Our sweepers have been out and will continue to do the rounds to clean up as much debris on the road as possible. Having the roads clear of vehicles assists our crews in doing the best job possible on your street. Your assistance in cleaning up litter that has blown around over the winter is always appreciated.

April is Team Up to Clean Up month. If you are interested in participating as an individual, group or organization you can register at: www.hamilton.ca/TeamUpToCleanUp or call 905-546-2489.  Registered citizens will be eligible for special litter and recycling bags, gloves and graffiti wipes and will be exempt from the one bag limit at the curb. (If your group is interested in doing a park area, the bags of litter can be left in a central location to be agreed upon before the cleanup and our crews will be sure to pick up the materials after your event.) Last year, a number of residents participated throughout the ward and city. I attended the day we had a group of citizens clean up the wooded area at Hunter Estates Park.

The City of Hamilton will be holding its annual rain barrel truckload sale, one day only, Saturday, April 26 from 8 a.m. to noon, at Mohawk College’s Fennell Campus parking lot, 135 Fennell Ave. W., Hamilton.

Each barrel comes with a leaf and mosquito filter basket, an overflow adaptor that permits multiple barrels to be connected in a series, overflow hose, spigot assembly and a clear dispensing hose with hose clip. The cost is $39.75 for a new barrel or $39.50 per re-purposed barrel. Cash, debit, credit and PayPal are accepted. You can also order your barrel today at www.rainbarrel.ca/hamilton.  There are no household limits. Pre-ordering guarantees your rain barrel on the day of the sale and allows you to bypass the sales line with your online receipt (must present receipt at sale event). Online pre-sale closes Thursday, April 24 at 8 p.m. Delivery is available this year at a cost of $9.75. Rain barrels must be pre-ordered online and delivered within the City of Hamilton. Also, note that the rain barrels are not stackable and measure 23 inches wide by 39 inches high.

I have a very good friend whose daughter is suffering from Lyme disease. This disease is very debilitating and even worse than the pain is the fact that the provincial government does not recognize Lyme disease as an illness. This has caused many families in Ontario to suffer needlessly. A fundraiser is being held to raise funds for Anita Kos, who is travelling to the U.S. for treatment. The fundraiser is being held at Knights of Columbus Hall, 222 Queenston Rd., Hamilton, Friday April 11 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Tickets are $20 and are available by calling Frances  at 905-388-0103 or Nancy at 905-662-6904. Donations can be made at any CIBC branch to Anita Kos trust fund #03662 010 8593183. The Show will feature the talents of Bobby Napholic, Anthony Carbone as Tom Jones, Cathy Carbone, and Richard Wolfe as Elvis.

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