On Centre: Penns Valley | Volunteers plan to beautify stream banks

mcarroll@centredaily.comMarch 24, 2013 

For many, spring cleaning means its time to dust off the mops and brooms. But some in Penns Valley have slightly more ambitious plans.

Members of the Penns Valley Conservation Association and volunteers will take to stream banks across the region to do some spring cleaning of their own.

The PVCA’s annual Streambank Cleanup sees volunteers scour the banks of Pine, Penns, Elk and Sinking creeks, picking up trash as they go.

According to the conservation group, volunteers typically find enough trash to fill a 20-yard Dumpster. Prizes are awarded for the most unusual finds and for the most bags collected. Volunteers are asked to bring a potluck dish if possible.

The cleanup is set for the morning and afternoon of April 20. Trash should be returned to a central point at Coburn Park.

Others looking to help the conservation association in its mission of watershed restoration and environmental education can take part in the third annual Riversongs Festival.

The festival, set for April 21, will feature several local bands, including one billed as “educational music by and for kids,” according to Elk Creek Cafe and Aleworks, in Millheim.

The event will take place at 1 p.m. at St. Luke’s Cultural Center on Penn Street and between 3 and 7 p.m. at Elk Creek Cafe, according to a flier on the cafe’s website.

A $10 donation at the door will benefit the conservation association. There will also be raffles for prizes, including a kayak, a bicycle, binoculars and a rain jacket, according to the association.

Tickets are on sale at Elk Creek Cafe, Inglebean Coffeehouse and other locations.

Matt Carroll writes about news from the Penns and Brush Valley regions. He can be reached at 231-4631 or mcarroll@centredaily.com.

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