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PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection are seeking volunteers for “Pick Up Pennsylvania,” a campaign of small-group or solo litter cleanup events set to run from Tuesday through Nov. 30, officials announced last week.

A coalition of partners has received a $600,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to be used for cleaning up brownfields left behind by Bethlehem Steel and other industry in the Johnstown region.

Taking away about 40 bags of garbage and a dozen or so tires, Benscreek Canoe Club members cleaned the Carpenter’s Park and Foustwell access points on the Stonycreek River, along with a 2-mile stretch by the Quemahoning Reservoir, in commemoration of Earth Day and in preparation for what they hope will be an active season on the waterways.

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.