An­nual creek cleanup slated for Pen­ny­pack

Public Spirit - - FRONT PAGE - By Caitlin Burns


Pen­ny­pack Eco­log­i­cal Restora­tion Trust will host its 42nd an­nual creek cleanup event April 13. At­ten­dees will help the trust care for the mid­dle sec­tion of the Pen­ny­pack Creek by re­mov­ing trash and de­bris from 10 a.m. to noon. Fol­low­ing the cleanup, lunch will be pro­vided.

“Peo­ple from the com­mu­nity come and they’re given gloves and a bag,” mem­ber ser­vice co­or­di­na­tor Lau­ren Steele said. “They’re as­signed an area of the creek to clean up the trash.”

Vol­un­teers will report to the trust’s of­fice at 2955 Edge Hill Road at 10 a.m. Groups will be as­signed an area in the mid­sec­tion of the Pen­ny­pack Creek, which runs through Up­per Moreland and Lower Moreland. The cleanup will con­tinue un­til noon, when all vol­un­teers will be treated to a lunch spon­sored by the Jenk­in­town Whole Foods.

Steele said the cleanup usu­ally has about 125 to 150 peo­ple, in­clud­ing area Boy Scouts of Amer­ica and Key Clubs, but she would love to have more peo­ple.

The cleanup is done in or­der to re­move trash from the banks be­fore the plants have grown and cov­ered it from sight, so Steele said at­ten­dees should “dress to get dirty.”

The Pen­ny­pack Eco­log­i­cal Restora­tion Trust is a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that features 809 acres of nat­u­ral mead­ows, wood­lands and flood plains. Its mis­sion is to pro­tect the land and wa­ters of the creek in the Pen­ny­pack Creek Wa­ter­shed.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to vol­un­teer, call 215-6570830; www.pen­ny­pack­trust. org.

Up­per Moreland High School se­nior Matthew Dum­meldinger re­ceives the March Stu­dent of the Month Award from Wil­low Grove Ro­tary Pres­i­dent John Dou­glass. The Stu­dent of the Month award is spon­sored by the high schoolís fac­ulty and the Wil­low Grove Ro­tary Club to high­light stu­dent ex­cel­lence and ser­vice. Matt is in the Na­tional Honor So­ci­ety, he is the se­nior class vice pres­i­dent and the co-pres­i­dent of the In­ter­act club. He is also in­volved in the Jazz Band, plays on the boysí ten­nis team and is the ed­i­tor of Bear Print, the schoolís news­pa­per.

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