Kathy Liebler
                        Director of Public Information

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         Contact: Patricia Bodak 412-925-5018                                October 24, 1996


        The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, in conjunction with PA CleanWays, will participate in the annual "Make a Difference Day" Saturday, October 26, 1996.
        Volunteers from local cub scout packs, webelos dens, Jeannette High School, along with individual volunteers, will plant 500 trees along the Turnpike's Amos K. Hutchinson bypass in Westmoreland County.
        Turnpike Commission Executive Director John Durbin said, "We're proud to once again take part in this event that has been so successful in encouraging individuals and families to get involved and make a difference in their communities." The tree planting event is held to observe "Make A Difference Day" which is sponsored by USA Weekend magazine and the Points of Light organization.
        Durbin explained this is the third straight year that the Turnpike Commission has worked with PA CleanWays to plant trees along the Amos K. Hutchinson Bypass. Community volunteers planted 800 trees along the Bypass in 1994 and 350 trees in 1995.
        PA CleanWays, a nonprofit organization that fights illegal dumping and littering, has been the main organizer of the tree planting effort for the past several years. Jacqueline Bentz, program director for the National Tree Trust, America's TreeWays Program, will also participate in the activities.
        For more information on PA CleanWays, or to lend a hand this Saturday, contact PA CleanWays at (412)836-4121.


         P.O. Box 67676, Harrisburg, PA 17106-7676         Phone: (717) 939-9551         Fax: (717) 986-9649