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APRIL 16 - In celebration of Earth Day
2011, the boys and girls of Brookline came together for the 7th
annual Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful "Pick It Up, PA" project, part of the Great
American Cleanup. One team worked their way through Brookline Park and along
Fitch Way, while another went west to tidy up Moore Park, located on Pioneer
Avenue. When all was finished, these hardy youngsters had collected quite an
assortment of garbage and discarded construction debris.
The Cleanup 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. Keep
Pennsylvania Beautiful is
statewide effort to help eliminate illegal dumping and littering in
Pennsylvania. Every year on Earth Day weekend, thousands of 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. These groups also collected several
truckloads of trash.
Thunderstorms Couldn’t Wash Away Community
Spirit at Brookline Clean-Up
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 Girl Scouts who braved the cold and rain
to help make a positive difference in our neighborhood. Brookline is a better,
and cleaner, place because of them. Finally, thanks as always to Keith Knecht
and the members of SPDC, Antonio's Pizzeria, Cannon Coffee and our partners in
Citiparks for their continued support of the Keep
Pennsylvania Beautiful project
and our efforts here at Brookline Park.
Thanks to the following individuals
for coming out to help us rid Brookline and Moore Parks of trash: Philip Tranter,
Connor Makstutis, Justin Hancock, Hunter Richie, Brent Ivory, Darryl Daniels,
Blake Andrews, Ryan Andrews, Jodie Andrews, Tristan Koonz, Emma Primrose, Loni
Brazen, Stacey Adrian, Jenny Hoff, Jenell Halsey, William Halsey, Clint Burton,
Milan Tyler, Jimmy Perry, Michelle Underwood, Kathy Rudolph and the Girl Scouts
of Troop 51214: Sarah Adrian, Rebecca Halsey, Bobbie Stewart, Alyssa Mehlich,
Ciera Mehlich and Delanie Staab.