West Side Neighbors participate in fall cleanup

This past Saturday Carlisle held it’s borough wide fall clean up campaign.  The West Side Neighbors teamed up with the other neighborhood organizations in the area to clean up the streets.  We will having another one in the Spring around Earth day in case you missed this one.  The Sentinel wrote up a nice piece about the clean up.

Carlisle neighbors team up against trash

Shari Minnich quickly pushed her loaded grocery cart through the crosswalk at the intersection of Bedford and North Streets. Minnich was not finishing up a shopping trip, but instead transporting overflowing garbage bags back to Carlisle Alliance Church as part of the Fall Cleanup Day sponsored by the five neighborhood associations in Carlisle.

Minnich said she found the shopping cart in an alley within the first 10 seconds of the two-hour cleanup and said it helped a lot to transport the heavy garbage bags back to the church.

The shopping cart was not the only unique find Minnich picked up with her cleaning partner, Downtown Neighborhood Connection president Laura Beaver.

“We also found some weights,” Beaver said. “We were going to work out as we walked.”

Both women belong to the East Side Neighbors Association, which has been holding cleanup events like the one Saturday for the past three years now.

“We just felt it was the responsible thing to do,” Association President Curtis Hetrick said.

Working together

This year was the first time the five neighborhood associations collaborated and held their cleanup events on the same day.

Members of the ABC Northwest Crimewatch, the East Side Neighbors Association, the Pitt Street Pride Neighborhood Association, the South of South Neighborhood Association and the West Side Neighbors all teamed up to glean the streets and alleys of the borough for litter.

In addition, Elm Street Program Manager Deb Fulham-Winston said 12 Girl Scouts and seven students from Dickinson College, members of both The Keystones, a male student group interested in community service, and the Tree House Sorority, joined the cleanup efforts.

Curtis Hetrick said the East Side Neighbors Association is hoping to continue that partnership with the other associations in the future and further coordinate their cleanup events. Fulham-Winston said they hold two such cleanup days every year – in the fall and in the spring, near Earth Day.

Low turnout

However, while every volunteer helped, Beaver said she was disappointed in the turnout.

“We didn’t get a bunch of volunteers, not as many as we had hoped,” Beaver said.

Danelle Bowermaster, another member of the East Side Neighbors Association, said the number of residents from previous years was down. She said the group changed the cleanup from a morning event to an afternoon event, hoping more people would get involved, but that the time change did not make a difference.

Bowermaster, who was teamed up with Curtis Hetrick’s wife, Betsy, said the women had a great time picking up trash and meeting people in the neighborhood.

While they didn’t find anything like a shopping cart or weights, Betsy Hetrick said they picked up plenty of Halloween candy and wrappers.

“It was nice to do this after the Halloween parade,” she said of the extra trash from Monday’s event.

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