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'Clear the Creek' event to help clear sidewalks after snowstorm

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SWARTZ CREEK (WJRT) -

(01/10/14) - Days after near record snow fall in Mid-Michigan, covered roads and sidewalks remain a problem.

One Swartz Creek mom is working on a solution to that problem.

"Longer we wait, we could get more snow," said Beth Stark.

Stark has organized what she calls "Clear the Creek". She's asking volunteers to join her this weekend to clear sidewalks around Swartz Creek school buildings.

"Being that they had to start back to school yesterday, a lot of kids were walking before daylight and they were walking in streets that are still slick and icy. A lot of them were walking through snow banks as big as what you see through town and then they go to school with wet pants," Stark said. "Lot of them don't have parents that can take them and drop them off. A lot of them don't have cars they can drive themselves."

Stark urges people to join her this weekend. She's also asking homeowners to help by clearing their own sidewalks, something that is required by local ordinance.

The city manager supports Stark's efforts.

"I was happy to hear someone is engaged in such a civic endeavor to clear those, with some volunteers to clear those, even if it is a home or business on one street that aren't done, it does force the kids out on the street," said Swartz Creek City Manager Adam Zettel.

Volunteers who want to help clear the sidewalks can meet at the Mary Crapo Parking Lot at 9 on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Be sure to dress warmly and bring along your shovels or snow blowers.

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