The volunteers who gathered at the historic Lutz-Franklin Schoolhouse for a roadside cleanup on Countryside Lane are members of the Lower Saucon Township Historical Society, which twice a year cleans it up as part of the township’s Adopt-a-Road program.
A local resident says her voluntary effort to clean up parts of Ringhoffer Road near the Bethlehem-Lower Saucon Township border netted 17 bags of litter and various other piles of garbage which she is now searching for someone to help remove.
Saucon Valley families, organizations and businesses were recognized for their volunteer work to help keep Lower Saucon Township’s roads clean at a township council meeting Wednesday. The township’s Adopt-A-Road program is just five years old and was created after the Lower Saucon Sportsmen’s Association approached township officials to request the adoption of lower Ringhoffer Road in 2010. After that, the township decided to formalize the program, township manager Jack Cahalan explained. Today, nearly two dozen stretches of road in the township have been adopted by volunteers, who clean them by going on “litter patrols” twice a year, in spring and fall. The township provides volunteers with trash bags, gloves and grabbers, and over the past five years more than 700 bags full of litter have been collected, along with discarded furniture, tires and other items dumped in Lower Saucon, Cahalan said.