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Penn State students help tidy up Mount Nittany

Penn State juniors John Macaulay and Grace Houpt clean up trash on Mount Nittany on Sunday. The pair belong to ServeState, a student group that performs trash pickup on the mountain once a month, as well as other volunteer activities.
Penn State juniors John Macaulay and Grace Houpt clean up trash on Mount Nittany on Sunday. The pair belong to ServeState, a student group that performs trash pickup on the mountain once a month, as well as other volunteer activities. CDT photo

There were cans, bottles and an old, rusty grill.

These were some of the items a dozen members of ServeState, a student organization at Penn State, carried off Mount Nittany after spending a portion of a windy Sunday collecting trash on the mountain. It was the second time the group picked up garbage at the site, organization president Kate Petrie said, something they plan to do monthly.

The trips provide a chance for social interaction and an opportunity to walk the trails as well as a way to contribute to keeping the area maintained for others, she said.

“It’s on everybody’s bucket list to hike this, so it gives students a chance to hike the trail and perform service as well,” said Petrie, a senior from Mendham, N.J.

The group stepped off at 11:30 a.m. and spent about an hour and a half walking the trails. Members found enough garbage to fill a portion of a garbage bag and a 5-gallon bucket they found on the mountain. Most of the refuse picked up was empty cans, bottles and paper.

“It’s a relatively clean mountain,” junior John Macaulay, of Chambersburg, said. “The stuff that is here still needs picked up.”

Besides the grill, which appeared to have been hit with a shotgun, other unique items discovered during the trip were a pickle jar and a plastic molding off a vehicle. The group tries to recycle as much of what they find as possible, Petrie said.

ServeState is in its first semester of existence at the university. The group does other volunteer work locally and will host a donation drive for Centre County PAWS from noon to 4 p.m. Monday on the Old Main lawn, said John Petrie, a junior and service coordinator for the group.

Another trash pickup at Mount Nittany is scheduled for late next month, he said.

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