Update: Local Interest Grows In Clean-Up Fight

POTTSTOWN PA – Public interest is growing in a Battle Royale planned between the boroughs of Pottstown and Reading. They’ve challenged each other to determine whose volunteers can do the best job of cleaning up their respective communities during just two hours, 10 a.m. to noon, on a single day: March 28 (2020; Saturday).

The crowd anticipated for the Pottstown contingent is so large that its starting point has changed, Hobart’s Run community organizers reported Thursday (March 5).

“We now will be stepping off from The Hill School’s Center For The Arts parking lot, 766 Beech St., due to increasing interest in this event,” they happily announced. The community’s East High Street premises, where the launch initially was planned, will be too small, they added. An earlier planned end-of-work lunch that would have been served at the offices will be moved as well, also to the Beech Street parking lot.

If you haven’t volunteered yet, don’t miss the chance, organizers urged. The Reading competition expects to attract 500 workers, and the Pottstown group hopes to match the number. A sign-up page is available online, here.

  • The Post published an earlier story about the clean-up challenge on Feb. 26. Read it below:

Pottstown Vs. Reading: Big Clean-Up Fight’s On!

POTTSTOWN PA – Residents of the borough of Pottstown and its larger Berks County neighbor, the borough of Reading – 22 miles northwest – will fight to the finish March 28 (2020; Saturday) from 10 a.m. to noon in what’s being called a dual-city clean-up competition. And, yes, both municipalities will come out winners.

The good-natured but much-needed battle focuses on removing “distracting, unsightly litter while demonstrating community pride, having fun with friends and neighbors, and setting a positive example,” according to Cathy Skitko, who is helping to rally volunteers for the Pottstown side of the battle. At the Reading end, its South of Penn Task Force initiated the challenge and hopes to involve 500 or more individuals.

To make things more colorful as Pottstown crews do their work, Skitko – who also serves as director of communications for the borough’s Hobart’s Run community – is encouraging volunteers to wear a superhero costume of their choosing during the effort. Homemade costumes, capes, and masks are welcomed, as is overall creativity, she said.

The Hobart’s Run neighborhood is roughly bordered by Queen Street on the south; North Adams on the west; Beech, Grant, and Jackson on the north; and Keim on the east.

Individuals interested in organizing a squad of clean-up superheroes from their club, school, church, other organization, or neighborhoods should contact Hobart’s Run Director Of Community And Economic Development Twila Fisher at 610-780-6324 or by e-mail at hobartsrun.pottstown@gmail.com. It will provide and drop off trash bags and tools to hosting partners who agree to clean specific sections of Pottstown.

Workers will gather by no later than 10 a.m. at The Hill School’s Center For The Arts parking lot, 766 Beech St., and other pre-set starting points for special groups.  Then, when the challenge ends at noon, the parking lot also is the site for a volunteers’ lunch.

Borough government has agreed to collect trash bags following the event, as long as all filled bags are placed near a stop sign or intersection. Several local restaurants and stores also are donating snacks, drinks, and lunch items, and more are welcomed; contributors should call Stephanie Trauner at 610-705-1018 or send her an e-mail to strauner@thehill.org.

Skitko sees the challenge as a “great opportunity” to acknowledge and promote “all of the exciting, encouraging developments happening as part of Pottstown’s revitalization.”

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