This passed weekend, members of the Mercury newsroom staff joined community members at Ganshahawny Park in Douglassville, Berks County, in an extraordinary clean up effort.
Armed with bright orange vests, work gloves and trash bags provided by the Great American Cleanup, reporters and editors spent their Sunday morning, which also happened to be Mother's Day, removing trash surrounding the small park while braving wild snakes and an endless field of poison ivy.
Involved in the cleanup was Community Engagement Editor Diane Hoffman, her husband Jonathan Hoffman and children, Sophia and Ryan; Editor Nancy March; TownSquare blogger Mandy March; Online Editor Eileen Faust; Business Editor Michelle Karas; Reporter Evan Brandt and his wife Karen Maxfield; Reporters Frank Otto and Brandie Kessler; Tom Davidock, the Schuylkill Action Network Coordinator at the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary; and community members George Brown, Charlie Long and Gail Watts.
For the record, only Brandie got poison ivy and the snakes, which were originally suspected as being copperheads, have been identified as "not a copperhead."
Thanks to everyone for their tremendous effort this weekend. Enjoy the slideshow from the day's events.