April 29, 2008 |

Additional volunteers made for a pleasant surprise

What a pleasant surprise on Saturday, April 19 when I drove up to Ormsby Park only to see cars of volunteers that were waiting for me to start our clean-up day. I could have only dreamed of getting 29 adults including children to get up early on a Saturday to pick up trash.

While Pastor Chris DeMark from the Pittsburgh Christian Fellowship and some of his members worked hard on painting the monkey bars, the Boy Scouts of America, directed by Derek Riley, were busy painting the swing set.

This could not have been accomplished if not for all the boys and girls. This only proves that there are kids in our borough that care.

Along with the park being spruced up we also made time to clean up both sides of the street on Wagner, which leads down to Becks Run Road; what a difference a day made.

While everyone was working hard on the trash they also enjoyed donations of baked goods and drinks from Kullman's Bakery, Pete's Beer Distributor and Miller Hardware. These local businesses need to be applauded for their continued support in making this community a better place to live.

This clean up effort in Mount Oliver is not the last one, I will continue to pick up trash wherever it might lie during the next four or five months.

Remember, litter is more than a nuisance, it hurts property values and erodes our sense of community pride. Together we can make a difference. Small steps lead to big changes!

Any new volunteers that want to show they care and want to make a difference in their community, should call me at 412-381-0420.

Billlie Michener

Mount Oliver Council

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