Muscatatuck River cleanup planned

The Friends of the Muscatatuck River Society is sponsoring the 14th annual Fall River “Shady” Sweep from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 7, in memory the society’s founder Dan Shade.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to canoe a section of the Muscatatuck River or walk along its bank while collecting trash, according to a news release by the society.

Anyone is welcome to participate, but parents or other responsible adults should accompany small children.

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

Registration is at 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 conducted before participants head to their river sweep locations. Those interested in canoeing must provide their own canoes.

The river cleanup concludes at noon Shelter House 1 at North Vernon City Park, where lunch will be provided from food donated by local businesses.

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