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As spring finally emerged last week and into this week, volunteers were out across La Crescent to rake the leaves that were covered by snow during Neighbors Day on April 14.

The snow meant volunteer activities for the annual event, which is now in its 13th year, were postponed. Volunteers were instead given until the end of the month to complete their assignments.

“It is hard to catch up after all of the snow, but the Neighbors Day committee is hopeful that by the end of the week we will be able to finish all of the yards that were registered by the first of April,” said Neighbors Day Coordinator Betsy Knowles earlier this week.

Knowles previously estimated that about 215 volunteers would take part in the event, helping to rake leaves and perform other yard work at 57 households around La Crescent where elderly or disabled residents need some assistance.

Numerous family and community teams, as well as members of the Neighbors Day Committee could be spotted working in yards around the city this week and last week.

Among the teams were students from La Crescent Montessori School, the Grunwald family,the Lions Club, and the Fanning and Barton families.

Knowles said the Grunwald family have long made Neighbors Day part of their spring activities and have raked countless yards for seniors. The Fanning and Barton team helped load leaves into a pickup truck that made a number of trips to the compost site on Saturday.

La Crescent’s Rotary Club also had a team out completing its Neighbors Day assignment. Knowles noted that this year Neighbors Day was a recipient of a Rotary Works Foundation Grant to purchase additional rakes and window squeegees for volunteers to use.

La Crescent Neighbors Day is part of the La Crescent Area Healthy Community Partnership, which is an umbrella organization for La Crescent non-profits.


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