Sheldon gets spring cleaning
May 16, 2017
SHELDON—They picked up unwanted items off curbs, cleared debris from city parks and planted flowers around town.
Sheldon is looking its best as summer approaches, and that’s thanks to dozens of people who joined with the city to give the community a proper spring cleaning in the opening days of May.
Millie Vos, secretary/treasurer of the Sheldon Historical Society, oversaw volunteers from Iowa State Bank who came to the Sheldon Prairie Museum on Thursday afternoon, May 11, to spread mulch around the building. Vos also is a museum board member.
ISB Insurance agent Melissa Mouw said they received a list of available jobs from the Sheldon Chamber and Development Corporation and were glad to lend a hand.
“I contacted Shanelle (Matus) and said, ‘We want to help in some way,’” Mouw said.
While the Iowa State Bank workers spread the mulch, Vos and Paula Van Der Vliet planted geraniums, petunias, ivy and grass in the large pots at the sides of the front door as the museum, located at 319 10th St., prepares for an uptick in visitors this summer.
The museum beautification capped a busy spring cleanup in Sheldon.
The city spring cleanup took place on a pair of Mondays and Tuesdays, May 1-2 and May 8-9.
“It went fine. Nothing exciting. A lot of stuff,” said public works director Todd Uhl. “We went to 222 homes.”
The refuse was taken to the city landfill.
Northwest Iowa Community College’s campus cleanup took place May 1 as NCC prepared for its spring commencement, which was held on Friday, May 12.
The 12th annual Community Cleanup Day took place on May 5. The Sheldon Marketing Committee helped organize the event as residents, service groups, clubs and organizations joined in to help, according to chair Heidi Brown.
“We had 23 kids from Sheldon Middle School,” Brown said, as well as several Sheldon Christian students.
She said seeing so many students involved was “awesome.” There seemed to be more spirit in the community this year and people worked together to make their town shine.
“Plus, we had many groups go out on the days just before or after May 5, so the turnout was awesome this year,” said Brown, who took it upon herself to trim trees downtown. “The Prairie Arts Council folks were thrilled with the help from the volunteers from Cain Ellsworth & Co. as well as staffers from Prins Insurance.”
Businesses lend a hand
Citizens State Bank, Whorley Heidman Law Firm, Maintainer, Woods Fuller, Cellular Only Verizon Wireless, Perspective Insurance, Melissa Remme State Farm, Cain Ellsworth & Co. and Prins Insurance were among the businesses that allowed workers to chip in to help.
The Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Sheldon Garden Club and Village Northwest Unlimited clients also joined in the cleanup effort.
Community development director Curt Strouth said he was impressed by the response.
“Wow, what a turnout for community cleanup,” Strouth said. “Thank you to the over 150 volunteers who adopted a project and assisted in the cleanup efforts around town. The efforts by all of these individuals and businesses goes a long ways in keeping our community vibrant and a pleasant sight for the many visitors that spend time here in Sheldon.”
He said the volunteers are challenging all businesses and community residents to keep the community cleanup efforts ongoing year round. As time allows, challenge yourself to pick up that extra piece of garbage that may be laying around your business, or spray the few dandelions that may be growing on your property.
“If everyone does just a little bit, it will certainly go a long ways in keeping the curb appeal of our community vibrant and help to make a positive impression on the many people who visit us,” Strouth said. “Thanks again to everyone who played a role last week, your time is greatly appreciated by everyone. Also thanks to all of you who keep these efforts ongoing throughout the year.”
Brown echoed that sentiment.
“What we really need is for more business folks to consider walking outside their own front and back doors for a look around,” she said. “Pick up the trash, spray the dandelions, have pride in your business and your community. Many hands make light work — we can all do a little to make an overall big difference. If everyone will ‘Just Do It’ rather than assuming someone else will take care of it, we’ll have Sheldon looking better than ever.”