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Riversongs to conclude cleanup weekend

Allen Philips, left, and Scott Thompson, both of State College, pick up trash in Spring Creek along Rock Road in Benner Township. Both were members of the Spring Creek chapter of Trout Unlimited that worked in cooperation with ClearWater Conservancy for Watershed Cleanup Day 2010.
Allen Philips, left, and Scott Thompson, both of State College, pick up trash in Spring Creek along Rock Road in Benner Township. Both were members of the Spring Creek chapter of Trout Unlimited that worked in cooperation with ClearWater Conservancy for Watershed Cleanup Day 2010. CDT file photo

Any brewmaster worth his or her hops knows that to craft quality beer, you first need quality water. So, anyone who appreciates a Double Rainbow IPA or Poe Paddy Porter from Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks can enjoy a beer while helping to keep local water clean this weekend at the fourth annual Riversongs event in Millheim.

Riversongs, which will be from 3 to 6 p.m. April 27 at the cafe, benefits the Penns Valley Conservation Association. The event will feature live music by Lux Bridge, a high-energy Celtic band out of the Susquehanna Valley, and the Poe Valley Troubadors, Elk Creek Cafe favorites who deliver a blend of Americana, bluegrass, roots and gospel. Millheim’s own community choir, Up Texas Chapel, will make a guest appearance.

“Riversongs is a celebration of people of all different backgrounds coming together to celebrate our waterways,” said Andrea Ferich, PVCA executive director. “It’s really a time when we want people to come out, bring their stories, relax and have a good time with us.”

That relaxation and good time will be well earned by volunteers who participate in the PVCA’s annual Steam Cleanup event on April 26. This year’s cleanup will focus on several sinkholes in Penns Valley.

“There are a few sinkholes that have just been really trashed (via illegal dumping),” Ferich said. “There are some people who don’t understand that anything you put into the ground — or in this case a sinkhole — ends up in our drinking water.”

Anyone who wants to participate in the cleanup should meet at 9 a.m. at Coburn Park.

Those who don’t want to get their hands dirty can still support PVCA’s mission by making the suggested $10 donation at Riversongs. Proceeds will benefit PVCA projects, including work on local farms, the restoration of Muddy Creek and local environmental education programs.

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