Free snow clearing helps seniors in Souris

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FILE PHOTO: Last year's big snow

Town initiates public service to aid oldest residents by coming to their door, blowing snow out, no charge

SOURIS – Not much is free these days unless you’re a senior living in P.E.I.’s most easterly town.

The port town has initiated a public service to aid the oldest town residents by coming to their door and blowing the snow out of their driveway — entirely free.

“We like to think we do a few things differently around here,’’ laughs Mayor David MacDonald. “We all think that’s a good thing to do.”

MacDonald says any senior over 65 is eligible as long as they apply to the town for the service and are patient.

“The town plow has to do a few things first after a storm, like clear out the fire hydrants in case of an emergency, but if a senior citizen doesn’t mind waiting a bit, we then come and clear you out.”

And there’s even some icing on the cake. Low-income seniors willing to share their annual income confidentially with the town administrator could be eligible for a rebate.

“If you’re eligible, we will knock $100 bucks off your water and sewer bill,’’ said MacDonald. “We pride ourselves on being helpful.”

Geographic location: Souris, P.E.I.

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