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Dubuque Looking for Volunteer Snow Shovelers

Volunteers are needed for a new program in Dubuque that'll match people who can't shovel snow off their sidewalks with people who can. People who sign up with DBQ Shovel Crew will be paired with residents who are physically unable to do the work or can't afford to hire someone.

Sarah Berna, the AmeriCorps Coordinator for Volunteer Dubuque, says the city has been trying to find a way to make sure sidewalks are safe during the winter.

"You know we're all pedestrians at some point, whether it's kids going to school, or the mail people delivering something to us, or just getting down the street. And that safe, city sidewalk is something that everybody needs access to."

Soon after the program was announced last week (12/21), ten volunteers had signed up along with 20 residents asking for assistance.

Volunteers will commit to care for a particular address, or addresses, throughout the winter. To sign up go to VolunteerDBQ.com. To apply for help go to cityofdubuque.org/snowassistance.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois. While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS. Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.