By Catherine Britt, Staff Writer, UnionvilleTimes.com
NEWLIN — Armed with garbage bags, orange vests, and gloves, members of the West Chester Cycling Club and area residents scoured the streets of the township picking up all sorts of discarded waste.
While it might have seemed like an unusual sight, it was just the annual spring clean up day in the township, which took place on Sunday.
The cleanup was the idea of Viktor Ohnjec and other members of the Cycling Club. Onjec contacted the Board of Supervisors with the idea and it went from there. The volunteers met at 8 am and then spread out to three different areas: Brandywine Drive (from around Warpath) to Route 162, Route 162 between Brandywine Drive and Powell and the entire newly paved stretch of Brandywine Creek.
Cycling Club member Mike Dirks helped coordinate the effort and received the gloves, vests, and bags from the Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania program. These were distributed to volunteers like Fred Rothman, Vice Chairman of the cycling advocacy group Chester County Cycling Coalition (pictured). Ed Stillman, another volunteer, followed in his car and collected the bags as they were filled.
Ohnjec noted that this community project was a natural extension for the Cycling Club, which adopted part of Route 842 over four years ago and has been keeping that route clean since then. He said they loved the roads in Newlin Township and wanted to help keep the area clean for all the residents. He noted that these are all multi-use roads and that “we all deserve a nice, clean environment.”