On Monday, January 16 (Martin Luther King Day) the Environmental Committee led a clean-up of Andre Thornton Park on the north side of Phoenixville (55 N Main St), located only 0.3 miles from Bridge St. The park is named for Andre “Thunder” Thornton, who grew up in Phoenixville and played Major League Baseball in 1973-1987, and was a two-time All-Star while playing for the Cleveland Indians. In 1979, he received the Roberto Clemente Award, given to the player who best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement, and team contribution.
This MLK Day clean-up had a great turn out with more than 23 participants. While cleaning up the areas on both sides of the park and unearthing approximately 400 pounds of trash, the attendees learned more about our local hero, Andre Thornton, and celebrated MLK Day with wonderful upbeat, positive, motivated and diverse people from multiple groups.
From organizer Jolie Chylack, “Thank you to everyone from Transition, Town Watch, and any other group I may be missing, for joining our St. Peter’s crowd.”
After the clean-up, the Environmental Committee walked 9 minutes to The Foodery on Bridge Street for their first meeting of 2023 over coffee and brunch. Work hard and play hard!
The clean-up participants included Ginger Murphy (Town Watch); Jane Dugdale, Will & Amy Felton with son Will Jr., Jamie & Mark Parker (Transition);
Amy Atlee & Chris Goulian, Lynn Boukalik, Shelley & Dave Brennfleck, Mona & Jolie Chylack with sons Leo & Christian Wenger, Bonnie Elliott, Jenn Garcia & friend Steve, Andrew & Sarah Gehman with daughters Adeline & Lucy, Lisa Scott, Gary Russell, Steve Smith, Vincent Tavani (Saint Peters).
If interested in joining the Environmental Committee or participating in future events, contact Jolie Chylack at joliechylackstudio.com.