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When Johnstown residents Kevin Bailey Sr. and Ryan Ressler formed a pro-marijuana group on Facebook late last year, the duo was just trying to connect with other like-minded people. Fast forward nearly a year, and the group is more than 6,000 people strong and growing.

Volunteers picked up so much trash – bottles, paper, plastic and more – from the Jim Mayer Riverswalk Trail on Tuesday that organizers of the Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania event needed to purchase more garbage bags to hold all of it.

The West End Improvement Group plans to hold a neighborhood cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Participants are asked to meet behind the former Greater Johnstown Middle School (Garfield), 280 Decker Ave., Johnstown. 

Kernville Community Clean Up will be held at 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 27 and participants are asked to meet at the corner of Franklin and Napoleon streets, across from Hickory Street Bridge.


The multimillion-dollar cleanup of two South Fork-area coal mine waste piles will fuel the long-awaited completion of Path of the Flood Trail to the dam breast at Johnstown Flood National Memorial. 

PennDOT and the state’s Department of Environmental Protection are seeking volunteers for this year’s Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania.