Keep Blair County Beautiful receives award

Keep Blair County Beautiful, a function of the Intermunicipal Relations Committee, has received a Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful 25 in 25 grant award for its freon removal program and compost demonstration garden at the IRC Buckhorn and Recycling Facility on Blacksnake Road.

On June 17, volunteers participating in the United Way Day of Caring gathered to lend a hand to prepare and plant the garden at the welcome sign along Blacksnake Road.

In addition to the garden, the IRC will offer freon removal services at the Buckhorn facility and at all of the one-day electronics collections.

“We are appreciative of the support we receive from Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful as we continue to grow our local Keep Blair County Beautiful chapter,”?said John Frederick, IRC executive director. “This grant will help us to create a demonstration garden at the entrance of our facility and provide affordable and convenient freon removal services to our residents.”

“We believe that the freon removal program will increase appliance recycling in our county and decrease the amount of appliances found in illegal dumps throughout our area.”

In recognition of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s 25-year anniversary, the organization awarded 25 grants in 25 days to local affiliates and other tax-exempt groups across the state.

The grants, sponsored in part by the Richard King Mellon Foundation, provided up to $1,000 for community improvement projects in their three focus areas of Prevent It, Clean It or Keep It. The winning projects are representative of all the different ways we can individually and collectively improve communities, including planting natives, restoring habitats, park restoration, river and community cleanups, special event recycling and so many more.

“We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our 25-year anniversary. The KPB 25 in 25 Grant Program allows us to give back to the volunteers, communities and organizations that have contributed so much over the years to our shared mission of building clean and beautiful communities,” said Shannon Reiter, president of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful.

“We are pleased to support the efforts of such a diverse group of environmental and community stewards as they work to make their communities clean and beautiful.”

Individuals interested in volunteering with Keep Blair Beautiful should contact Katrina Pope at 942-7472 or kpope@