Annual creek cleanup slated for Pennypack
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.