CLEARFIELD — Lawrence Township Police Chief Mark Brooks praised local high school students for cleanup efforts along Montgomery Run Road.

At a recent supervisors meeting, Brooks said Clearfield Area High School Watershed Club held a stream cleanup effort along a 2.5-mile stretch along Montgomery Run Road starting from 104th Cavalry Road.

“It’s been a very problematic area for us in regard to illegal dumping,” Brooks said.

During the cleanup, students collected enough garbage to fill five large trucks, Brooks said.

He said the students picked up a variety of illegally dumped items, including shingles, construction waste, televisions, tires, mattresses, couches, plastic bottles, cans and other items that were illegally dumped in the area.

“It was no easy task, and I applaud their efforts,” Brooks said.

In addition to the cleanup, the watershed club conducted water and soil samples to determine how illegal dumping is affecting the area, Brooks said.

Brooks also asked residents that while they are out hiking or biking to keep an eye out for discarded hypodermic needles. Brooks said over the past calendar year, there have been several instances where syringes have been found in wooded areas. He said drug abusers often go to remote areas to use drugs, and they sometimes discard their used syringes on the ground.

If found, Brooks said, residents should not handle the items and instead inform the police immediately.

“I want to make sure the people in our community aren’t inadvertently exposed to a biochemical hazard,” Brooks said.

He added that the police department compiles a record of where these items are found to try to prevent future occurrences.

In other business:

  • Brooks reported the first wave of the state Department of Transportation 2016 Aggressive Driving Program started on March 21 and will last until May 1. To date, there have been 34 contacts and 19 were issued citations related to aggressive driving. Brooks said they are focusing these enforcement efforts in the areas with the highest number of traffic accidents.
  • He also reported the police department recently hosted the Bear Den, Pack 2 of the Cub Scouts. The Scouts received a tour of the police station and got a look at daily police operations.

Brooks said the cub Scouts sent a collective “thank you” letter to the police department for hosting the event.

  • The supervisors voted to approve the Tour de Susquehanna River scheduled for July 10. Fred Weaver, an organizer of the event, said the event brings in people from all over the region as well as other states. He said the race will be the same as it has been in years past.

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