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APRIL 21 - In celebration of Earth Day
2007, the boys and girls of Brookline came together for the 3rd
annual PA Cleanways "Let's Pick It Up, PA" project.
One team of kids worked their way through Brookline Park, while
another, led by girls from local scout troop 537 went west to tidy up
Moore Park, our sister park located on Pioneer Avenue. When all was
finished, these hardy youngsters had reigned in well over thirty bags
of assorted garbage. Several larger items, including street signs,
election signs, rotting tires and discarded construction debris topped
off the growing mound of trash.
The Cleanways Project here in
Brookline was coordinated by Keith Knecht of the South Pittsburgh
Development Corporation (SPDC), a local community action group.
The city-wide effort was directed
by coordinators from the Pennsylvania Resources Council. PA
statewide effort to help eliminate illegal dumping and littering in
Pennsylvania. Every year on Earth Day weekend , nearly 200,000 residents
throughout the state join in the pickup.
Aside from the work done in Brookline's
two parks, several other teams, each led by members of SPDC, concentrated
on different areas of the community, like Whited Street and the Boulevard.
These teams also collected several bags of assorted trash, discarded tires,
construction debris and even a sofa.
So much is said about the conflicts
around the globe, but right here at home, we are also engaged in a conflict
of sorts. It's called the "War on Litter." Just take a walk along Brookline
Boulevard on any given day. Despite the presence of numerous trash containers,
the abundance of loose trash is astounding. "Where does it all come
Special thanks to all the boys and
girls of Brookline Park, and the other concerned citizens of our community,
who came out on this bright, sunny Spring day to help make a difference
in our neighborhood. Brookline is a better, and cleaner, place because
of you. Finally, thanks to Keith Knecht and the other members of SPDC,
Antonio's Pizzeria, Kribel's Bakery and our partners in Citiparks for
their continued support of the PA
Cleanways project and
our efforts here at Brookline Park.
The Brookline Park Crew: Matt Mitchell,
Dylan Mitchell, Justin Hancock, Lorraine Hancock, Brandon Keller, Ryan Bichler,
Stephanie Snyder, Brian Hall, William Johnson, Mark Mellix, Jacob Snyder,
Jean Mitchell, Clint Burton, Milan Tyler and James Perry.
The Moore Park Crew: Michelle Underwood Jr,
Jonathon Andrews, Rachel Vichie, Natalie Neal, Zachary Neal, Joseph Nagy,
Alex Maxwell, Mason Maxwell, Leah Hersh, Chrissy Lombarty, Lindsay Pierce,
Chris Potts, Michael Roper, Danielle Maxwell, Christian Jester, Rachel Pierce,
Lori Coyne, Amy Hersh, Michelle Underwood and Peggy Maxwell.