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Work day on the Ironton Rail Trail

Ironton Rail Trail Oversight Commission embraced the first day of spring by holding a work day cleanup on the trail March 20. Eighteen volunteers, including Whitehall Township Mayor Michael Harakal Jr., met near Second Street, across from Saylor Park, early in the morning to remove heavy debris left from winter.

The work day’s main project was to clear out the invasive honeysuckle trees that had begun encroaching on the trail’s walkway - a very heavy lifting task. The group of volunteers worked for hours from Saylor Park to East Church Street. They had two dump trucks, which were donated by IRT volunteers, and made more than a dozen trips to the Whitehall Recycling Center to empty them throughout the day. The trail has now received a full spring cleaning, as just a week prior, the township public works department cleared the lining of the trail with a Tiger saw on the loop and spur.

Most of the active volunteers are retired community members who are committed to keeping the IRT’s history alive. The trail thrives because of these passionate residents who strive to maintain the scenic pathway for generations to come.

If you are interested in participating in the next work day, visit irontonrailtrail.org for details.

PRESS PHOTOS BY CASSANDRA DAYOUB John Sentiwany (left) and Rick Turk work to steady the Ironton Rail Trail sign at the Second Street entrance, across from Saylor Park, Coplay, during a March 20 cleanup day. IRT Commission members and community volunteers spend countless hours throughout the year to maintain the trail.
Mayor Michael Harakal Jr. and Matt Snyder work to clear debris during an Ironton Rail Trail spring cleaning work day March 20. Snyder is a senior at Whitehall High School and was completing volunteer hours. He collected five hours by the end of the day.