Nadine Embree and Andrea Pittman

Nadine Embree and Andrea Pittman

Ready for spring

Downtown Vernon merchants rolled up their sleeves and got ready for spring Wednesday.

Businesses came out with their brooms, dust pans, window cleaner and planting tools for the annual Spring Clean-Up and Sparkle Day.

“It developed to give businesses the opportunity to make their own contribution to the clean-up of downtown after the course of the winter and make the area more visually appealing for our customers.” said Earl Hansen, Downtown Vernon Association executive director.

Activities included washing awnings, sweeping, scrubbing the front of buildings, pulling weeds and planting flowers.

Many businesses also created new window displays or set up seating areas for their customers.

Besides participating merchants, City of Vernon crews put up hanging baskets throughout the downtown core.

Clarence Fulton Secondary’s Global Education class painted benches along 30th Avenue.

“A donation will be made by the DVA at the request of the Global Education class to the Upper Room Mission in honor of their participation in the event,” said Hansen.