Portland takes over shoveling assistance

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PORTLAND — Residents 65 and older, or those with physical disabilities, can arrange to have snow shoveled this winter by local volunteers after the city announced the program established a decade ago by Munjoy Hill resident Joan Sheedy will be taken over by the city’s Office of Elder Affairs.

The office will work with neighborhood coordinators. Volunteers will not be asked to clear driveways or roofs, but will be asked to clear a path “which allows the senior citizen, emergency responders, Meals on Wheels delivery people, mail carriers and other visitors to get in and out of the house safely,” a city press release said.

To request shoveling or volunteer, contact neighborhood coordinators Leah Koch, Deering, 239-7051; Molly McCarthy, East End, 857-204-6856; Wells Lyons, West End, 274-1221, or Carol Colton, Back Cove, 899-3092 or 508-728-1296. For other neighborhoods or more information, call Linda Weare, Office of Elder Affairs, 541-6620.