By Steve Svetovich
Dunmore’s Chris Tigue and Joanne Gaetano had an idea.
And it worked.
Thanks to the help of Dunmore Boy Scout Troop 66 led by scoutmaster Dominic Pace.
“We wanted to clean up some debris in sections of the borough and also the weeds at the army tank on Blakely Street,” said Tigue, owner of KJ Tigue Painting, L.L.C.
“Dominic Pace is the scoutmaster for Dunmore Boy Scout Troop 66. His boys volunteered to help out.”
The boy scouts performed the cleanup work for five hours on Saturday, Sept. 18.
Tigre said Mike Judge,Dunmore DPW director, also provided the use of two Dunmore DPW trucks for the cleanup work.
Jay Cali, owner and operator of Don Tomaso’s Pizza, Dunmore, provided pizza to the scouts for their efforts.
Former Dunmore Councilman Paul Nardozzi, who is running for Dunmore tax collector, donated garbage bags.
The scouts cleaned up litter and debris starting at Wheeler Avenue by Riccardo’s Market and worked their way to Grove Street and Adams Avenue by Nina’s Pizza. They also performed cleanup work going up Mill Street and into the Bunker Hill section of Dunmore.
The scouts also did the weeding and cleaned up debris at the army tank.
“They really did a great job,” said former Dunmore mayor Patrick “Nibs” Loughney. “They should be commended for their efforts.”
Tigue said the group met at the Dunmore Community Center before starting the cleanup work.
“These kids did a great job,” he said. “They are all good kids, mostly teenagers, and worked hard. Mike Judge helped us with the DPW trucks which we used to throw the garbage bags in.
“It was like a scavenger hunt.
“Joanne Gaetano had the initial idea and Dominic Pace and his scouts volunteered.”
Gaetano thanked the scouts for their hard work with the Scavenger Hunt. “I want to thank Dominic Pace for involving the Boy Scouts at Dunmore Troop 66,” she said. “Some dads and sisters also volunteered. They were out there working hard, too.
‘They did an outstanding job. Every single one of them was polite and respectful.
“They made picking garbage and weeding enjoyable.
“Many thanks to Dunmore Troop 66. These kids are great. What a wonderful group. The army tank and memorial look amazing now.”