Time to spruce up

Volunteers throw garbage into a dumpster behind the Crawford Building in Emlenton while other volunteers head to another dumpster behind the future Emlenton Brew Haus, which offered its dumpster for the borough's weekend cleanup. (By Jamie Hunt)
From staff reports

Emlenton residents on Saturday morning walked through the borough in search of two years’ worth of litter to clean up.

The community volunteers gathered at Veterans Park and then split up to cover all of the streets within the borough. They also focused attention on Hughes Park and the boat launch on the Allegheny River, both of which receive a great deal of traffic.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation supplied the cleanup gear, such as gloves, trash bags, and orange safety vests.

This initiative was done under the state programs “Pick up Pennsylvania” and “Keep PA Beautiful.”

The cleanup was needed after the 2020 COVID-19 mitigation efforts and the influx of recreational tourism that flooded the valley later that year.