Baseball and trout season opening days should be much more enjoyable after 84 community members collected 1,620 pounds of rubbish from the Fishing Creek greenway, Memorial Park in Mill Hall, and the adjacent routes 150 and 64 roadsides.
Central Mountain Baseball team members joined Boy Scout Troop 66 from Woolrich and they worked alongside Lock Haven University students during the Clinton County CleanScapes (CCC) March 9 cleanup.
The creekside land is a prized area to fish, the roadways are the gateways to main shopping and industrial districts, and the Park is one of the region's prized recreational facilities.
To contribute to the areas importance, and to create a favorable impression, CleanScapes volunteers have participated in three previous events beginning in 2009.
In total, they have collected 8,380 pounds of garbage and 13 tires.
During the March event CleanScapes Board Member Colleen Xethakis-Lacy emphasized,
"As the snow melts, I see all the litter as I drive by and it really upsets me.
"We know this area is not impacted by intentional dumping and most of the items we picked up either floated down the creek during a flood, or originated from vehicles driving by. Now the creek and park look so much nicer and more welcoming. We hope this community event gives everyone a sense of civic pride and inspires others to maintain what the volunteers accomplished today," she said.
This summer CCC will organize two West Branch Susquehanna River cleanups for the greater Lock Haven on July 20 and September 7. Both events will be sponsored by the Dominion Foundation.
The March event received donations from the Wayne Township Landfill, PennDOT District 2, and received financial support from the Dominion Foundation.
The Foundation grant program is allocated through the Western PA Conservancy whose mission is to conserve Pennsylvania's diverse ecosystems through science-based strategy, leadership and collaboration.
To sponsor an upcoming event, or to join a cleanup contact CCC at clintoncountycleanscapes@yahoo .com or 726-3511.