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River cleanup already reaping a bonanza in unusual junk

September 16, 2010
Piper Lindell’s prediction of the 2010 edition of the Allegheny River Clean-up was spot on. During the planning stages of the event, Lindell said in July that she believed volunteers would recover another hefty load of trash from the river during the second annual clean-up project. So far, the clean-up efforts, which began Monday, have yielded a fair amount of trash, metal, tires and just plain bizzare items. “We found a Harley (Davidson motorcycle),” said Lindell, who coordinates the clean-up through the liveries she and her husband, Josh, own and with the help of several volunteers and partner organizations. The big find was made by Amanda Battko and Jessica Roudybush from Northwest Savings Bank. The motorcycle then became quite a sensational subject among the volunteers. “People have been posing for pictures with it...the Allegheny River Harley,” Lindell said. On Tuesday, volunteers worked on the 10-mile stretch from the Buckaloons Recreation Area to Indian Waters Canoe and Kayak Livery. In addition to the motorcycle, crews recovered a bath tub, a microwave, a vacuum, three pressure tanks, a refrigerator, two portable toilets, a shopping cart, 33 tires and much more. A large amount of trash was also recovered on Monday from the five-and-a-half-mile section from Indian Waters to the Tidioute Bridge. “We are really hoping this will be the last big haul,” Lindell said. “We definitely knew we were in for a another big trip.” Lindell predicted another big collection because last year was the first year and many volunteers were not sure what they would find in and haul out of the river. “I think people know what’s in store and everyone is ready. They come with their game faces on,” she said. “We may come up with more this year than last year.” During the first two days of the clean-up, 103 volunteers donated time to the project. “Our Facebook page has lit up over this clean-up,” Lindell said, adding that many people from surrounding cities have sent messages indicated that they’re taking vacation next year to get involved. During the clean-up, the tires recovered from the river are being stacked up in the empty lot at the corner for E. St. Clair Street and Crescent Park in Warren. “It’s there to try and raise awareness about the clean-up and the river as a whole,” Lindell said. The Allegheny River Clean-up continues Friday with the stretch of river from Kinzua Dam to Betts Park. On Saturday, volunteers will works on the section from Betts Park to the Buckaloons Recreation Area. The event wraps up with a barbeque and the Trash Awards ceremony at the Warren County Visitors Center on Saturday evening.

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New ride
Piper Lindell pretends to take a ride on a 1970s era Harley-Davidson motorcycle frame recovered during the Allegheny River Clean-up.



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