Society performing river cleanup at park

The Friends of the Muscatatuck River Society is sponsoring the 13th Annual Fall River “Shady” Sweep on Oct. 1 in memory of our society founder Dan Shade.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to canoe a section of the Muscatatuck River or walk along its bank while collecting trash and helping the environment and community. Everyone is welcome to participate, but that small children are accompanied by a responsible adult.

Participants are encouraged to dress in clothing appropriate for outdoor work and relative to the current weather conditions.

Registration is 8 a.m. at the Vernon Commons, located off Jackson Street in Vernon. A brief safety instruction, equipment distribution and group location assignments will be done before going to the river sweep locations. Participants interested in canoeing during the cleanup must provide their own canoe.

Participants will conclude their day at noon at the North Vernon City Park at Shelter House 3, where lunch will be provided from food donated by local businesses.

For more information, call Troy Jackson at 812-592-0481 or Tom Moore at 812-592-0319, visit the society’s website at, or check it out on Facebook.