To the editor: On the morning of Saturday, April 20, a rather large group of individuals gathered at the Veterans Memorial Complex to clean up the area. This was the first time I actually had the free time to go and help. I couldn’t believe the amount of people that showed up to help clean up this area.

It all started a few years ago when Steve Motyka reached out to the Shamokin Creek Restoration Alliance, and from that day on I don’t think anyone would have realized that this would be an ongoing tradition from year to year. From planting the trees with the students from Lourdes to cleaning up the grounds.

Members of Kulpmont100, Kulpmont Sportsman’s Club, MCA varsity football coach and the football team, the Shamokin Creek Restoration Alliance, Councilman Bob Fanella, Steve Motyka, community volunteer Joe Dowkus, Kulpmont Winery, Bernie Novakoskie and Billy Ayres for restoring the picnic tables and all our Kulpmont residents. Together we collected almost 1 1/2 tons of debris and more than 20 tires. It’s always welcoming to see members of our community doing something positive and setting such a great example for our youth.

This past Saturday, May 11, Steve Motyka, Joe Dowkus, American Legion officers and directors, along with other borough volunteers planted and spread mulch at the Kulpmont American Legion to get ready for Memorial Day and the other festivities planned for the upcoming holiday weekend.

Thanks to Steve Motyka and all his volunteers, the Veterans Memorial Complex is truly a great setting in our Kulpmont Borough from the track, the benches, the pet stations and the walking bridge. Thanks to all the organizations that made monetary donations to make all of this happen. You make all of us “coal region proud.” Together, we can make a difference!

On behalf of Kulpmont Borough, I would personally like to thank all who were involved. It just goes to show that the coal region commemorate is still alive. I believe bigger and brighter things are on the horizon for the area. Thanks again, and please forgive me if I forgot to mention anyone.

Mayor Nick Bozza,

Kulpmont Borough

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