The Flying Dutchmen Ski Club members braved the traffic Sunday morning while picking up 120 bags worth of litter from the shoulders of a 3-mile stretch of Route 222 in Muhlenberg and Bern townships.

“The traffic was heavier on the road this year than usual," Robert Fehl, club president, said. “It worked out really well. We consider this project community service for the environment.”

Twenty-eight members participated in PennDOT’s adopt-a-highway cleanup program to help keep litter off  Pennsylvania roads.

Fehl said the event, which is typically scheduled on Earth Day in April, was delayed due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Fehl said the debris included water, soda and beer bottles; vehicle parts; and some items that appeared to have blown off the backs of trucks.

The bags were placed in a secure area of the road, and were later picked up by a PennDOT crew.

The ski club was organized in 1959 and currently has 450 members who not only ski, but bike, kayak and hike in the summer. For more information about the club visit www.fdsc.org.

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