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Letter to the Editor
Friday, April 26, 2013, 8:57 p.m.

Armstrong County is a beautiful area. The majority of residents appreciate the natural beauty our county has to offer. It's unfortunate that some don't.

Whereas the majority sees Armstrong County as a picture, there are some who see it as a trash can. I am appalled and disheartened at the trash that I see along our roadways, in our fields and on our riverbanks.

However, there is a ray of hope. This past Sunday as my wife and I were walking down Pine Hill Road, we met a group of Kittanning High School football players and their coaches. This group, organized by Turney Luke, was picking up bottles, cans, food wrappers, tires and other litter carelessly tossed out the windows of passing vehicles or dropped by pedestrians. My wife and I applauded their efforts and thanked them for their service.

Not only are men like Turney Luke, Frank Fabian, Larry Robb, Eddie Morris, Brad Bowers, Jamie Paul and Earl Kline, from Kittanning Hose Co. 1, volunteering their time to perform a public service to our community, they are also teaching a group of younger citizens a valuable lesson in community pride. This lesson is being conveyed by actions, not words.

After a week of seeing the worst of human tragedy from Boston to Waco, it was refreshing to see the human spirit at its best in our community. We thank all those volunteers for not only restoring a roadway but also for restoring our spirits.

One final request: Honor the efforts of those volunteers: Next time, dispose of trash in its proper place. It really is quite simple if you think about it.

Ed & Susan Bower


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