Sharpsburg, Etna compete in community clean-up for Earth Day Mayor’s Cup |
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Tawnya Panizzi

It’s going down between Sharpsburg and Etna.

The two communities are celebrating Earth Day with a friendly wager to see who can be the most green.

Officials are challenging residents to rid the streets of pop bottles, cigarette butts and other debris to spruce up their respective boroughs, with one being awarded the first-ever Earth Day Mayor’s Cup.

“We are excited to collaborate with our neighbors on this project,” Etna Manager Mary Ellen Ramage said. “This is all part of making our communities the best they can be.”

From 9 to 11:30 a.m. April 13, volunteers will collect trash from roads, parks and green spaces. After the garbage is bagged, everyone is encouraged to meet at the Etna-Sharpsburg Gateway Portal at Bridge and North Main streets for the trophy presentation.

”Over the last few years, we’ve hosted separate Earth Day clean-up efforts in our communities to great success,” Sharpsburg Mayor Matt Rudzki said.

This year, the towns will collaborate to spur hometown pride and environmental awareness, he said, while competing to earn the title.

Special guests, including state Sen. Lindsey Williams, state Rep. Sara Innamorato and Allegheny County Councilwoman Anita Prizio, will be on hand to judge the efforts.

There’s also a prize for the volunteer who finds the most interesting piece of trash.

Gloves will be provided.

A limited supply of Etna-Sharpsburg Earth Day Challenge shirts will be available for free on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more, call 412-781-0546 or 412-781-0569.

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