Local Cadet Squadron clean-up makes a difference

Many people decry the youth of today but there are those who want to make a difference.

On Tuesday, April 25th, Saugeen Shores’ Air Cadets of Griffin Squadron 340 set about to take on a Spring clean-up on the lands around Vanderwerf’s Independent Grocer in Port Elgin.

   (L) Andrew Reinhart, Squadron Cpt. Bruce Schoettler and                              Dianne Boisin discuss clean-up route
                (L) Andrew Reinhart and (C) Cpt. Bruce Schoettler with members of the Griffin Squadron 340

There has been considerable construction on surrounding properties and, with prevailing winds, debris accumulated over the winter months.

Unfortunately, in addition, there are those who have little regard for the environment and dispose of their refuse by simply throwing it away on properties that belong to others.

Young members of the Squadron worked tirelessly for several hours to manually pick up trash and fill many garbage bags.

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Following their efforts, Independent owners Eric and Cassandra Vanderwerf, treated the youth to pizzas and pop in appreciation.

              A hungry crew – (C) Captain Bruce Schoettler

“We are always appreciative of support from the community,” said Squadron Captain Bruce Schoettler.  “We are fortunate that our local Legion branches have stepped up to support these young people.  In addition to receiving support from Southampton Legion Branch 155 and Port Elgin Branch 340, we recently received a donation from the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 208 in Wiarton.  These young people are the next generation and we have to support them heading into the future.”

  (L) Air Cadet Griffin Squadron Cpt. Bruce Schoettler receives           donation from Josephus Vanderzand of Wiarton Legion