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Perry Co. residents organize Harrisburg cleanup

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

A handful of Perry County residents let off a little steam by organizing a trash cleanup in the area of North 6th and Reily Streets in Harrisburg.

Upset because of Mayor Linda Thompson's recent comment about Perry County residents illegally dumping trash in the city, they grabbed trash bags and recycling bins to lend a hand and spread a message.

"We just want to show the kind of people we are in Perry County and the hearts that we do have," Duncannon resident Karen Tilkens said.

"The bottom line is that we are all human, we all make mistakes and we all need to come together and I hope that's what this gesture is," organizer and Perry County resident Reese Crane said.

A group from Harrisburg was also on hand. Among them was Harrisburg City Council member and Public Works Chair Sandra Reid, who said, "This is the classic make-lemons-into-lemonade story."

She added, "I think this is great to actually see people from Perry County rather than say 'just heck with Harrisburg, we don't care about Harrisburg.'"

Crane said they will return to Harrisburg sometime in the near future for another cleanup.

Harrisburg Public Works is set to pick up the trash collected.

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