Time for annual spring cleaning

Time for annual spring cleaning Operation Pride 2004 will take place in the area west of Franklin Street to Stanford Street and between Main and Cherry streets. Workers will gather at a staging area in the Vermillion Middle School parking lot on Princeton Street. by David Lias It won't be long before the Green Team, the Iron Men, the Frigerators, and four other teams of volunteers, made up primarily of members of the University of South Dakota football team, will focus their efforts on helping to make an area of Vermillion just a bit more clutter-free.

They will be the driving force behind the community's annual Operation Pride, a one day free clean up scheduled for Saturday, April 24, beginning at about 8 a.m.

The event will take place in the area west of Franklin Street to Stanford Street and between Main and Cherry streets.

Workers will gather at Operation Pride's staging area in the Vermillion Middle School parking lot on Princeton Street.

Residents within the designated area will receive free pick up of yard waste, tree limbs, junk, rubbish, old furniture, appliances and separated recyclables. Households in the area will receive a brochure/letter with full directions.

These residents are requested to place "separated piles" of materials at the curb prior to 8 a.m. April 24.

This year's event will operate a bit differently than in past years. Operation Pride 2004 will include two shifts of workers, not just one.

The first shift will work from about 8 to 10 a.m.; the second shift will clock in at shortly before 10 a.m.

Teams in pickups and trucks will canvas the focused area of Operation Pride, cleaning up refuse left by citizens on the curb.

The Green Team will pick up yard waste, such as leaves and grass clippings.

The Iron Men will collect unwanted scrap metal, such as non-white goods, scrap poles, sheet metal, wagons, bicycles, wheel barrows, wire fencing, gas cans, barrels, tin, steel, and pipe.

The Frigerators will haul away unwanted white goods, such as refrigerators, stoves, washing machines, dryers, microwaves, bathtubs and air conditioners.

The Shredders will be operating a chipping machine provided with the assistance of Gary Nebelsick of Elk Point. They will pick up and chip all unwanted tree branches.

The Woodsmen will collect untreated and unpainted wood and lumber. Any tree trunk too large to handle will be picked up by the city street department. Wood attached to metal or plastic building material will be considered junk.

The Illiminators will pick up junk items that aren't listed above. These items could range from old mattresses and furniture, to insulation and shingles.

The Receivers will operate roll-off

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Operation Pride has been sponsored since 2000 by University of South Dakota Coyote Football Team, the city of Vermillion Solid Waste Department, Wells Fargo Bank, Polaris, CorTrust Bank of Vermillion, Century 21/French Realty, Coldwell Banker/Dakota Realty, Herren Schempp Building Supply, Vermillion Chamber of Commerce, USD Greek Community, Broadcaster/Plain Talk, and KVHT FM 106.3 and KVTK AM 1570.

To date the project has cleaned up over 150 blocks of Vermillion and hauled away over 250 tons of material.

This is the fifth year of the project. People or organizations interesting in sponsoring or assisting with this endeavor may call 677-7076 or write a note to Operation Pride, 25 Center Street, Vermillion, SD 57069.

The Operation Pride Committee is asking all residents in Vermillion to "Take Pride In Vermillion." Individuals, families, community organizations, church groups, and students are asked to spend two or three hours Saturday April 24 and "Pick it Up, Paint it Up, Perk it Up."

Spend a little time picking up litter in a public area, raking a yard for someone that may need help, or assisting an organization to spruce up their grounds. If you need spruce up area suggestions, call 677-7076. Register your spruce up project with the Vermillion Solid Waste Department, 677-7076 and you will receive a special Operation Pride Landfill Voucher for collected trash disposal on April 24.

Remember to recycle � the recycling facility pays cash for aluminum cans. Have your organization spruce up Vermillion by collecting aluminum cans and make money at the same time.

All residents of Vermillion and Clay County may take advantage of the Landfill Voucher published last month in the Broadcaster and city newsletter. Vouchers may also be picked up at city hall, the auditor's office in the Clay County Courthouse, the landfill and the recycling facility.

The voucher is valid up to $15 on materials delivered to the Vermillion landfill and good throughout the year.

From April through October, the landfill is open Saturday mornings 8 a.m. to noon. Recycling is open Saturday mornings, 9 a.m. to noon, year round.

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