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Sedlak cleanup day in Monroeville, recycling events scheduled for April 20

| Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Monroeville officials are making life easier for residents thinking green this spring.

The Jack Sedlak Memorial Cleanup Day is scheduled April 20 on the same day as a community-wide recycling initiative.

Volunteers who sign up for the Sedlak memorial cleanup will be assigned to neighborhoods throughout the municipality, while both recycling programs will be offered at Monroeville Community Park West from 9 a.m. to noon.

“Residents might as well take advantage of everything,” Monroeville Manager Lynette McKinney said.

The event was first organized in remembrance of former Monroeville Councilman Jack Sedlak, who pioneered community cleanup days before his death in the mid 1990s.

Sedlak's son, Joe, has worked for the municipality for more than 20 years and helped carry on the tradition in his father's name. With the help of current and former municipal officials, the number of volunteers each year has grown to about 500, Joe Sedlak said.

Joe Sedlak's brother Jay also works for the municipality while a third brother, Jack, moved to Florida where he carries on the tradition on the same day, Joe Sedlak said.

“People really have rallied behind it,” Joe Sedlak said. “Hopefully we're doing our part every year.”

A picnic is scheduled after the cleanup at Monroeville Community Park West.

McKinney said community events such as these accentuate the small-town feel in Monroeville.

“It kind of tells you a little bit of what Monroeville is about,” McKinney said.

“It still has a warm family feeling underneath it all.”

Kyle Lawson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8755, or klawson@tribweb.com.

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