Faces of the Valley: Allegheny Township man steadfast in mission of cleaning up roadways

A devoted senior citizen is doing his half to tidy up roads in Allegheny Township.

Dahrl Talmage, 84, of Allegheny Township started volunteering 14 years in the past, gathering litter discarded alongside Route 56 and College Highway.

“I just like the roads to look good and clear,” Talmage stated.

Talmage stated he travels loads and at all times evaluates how clear roads seem in different states.

“I see states clear, after which I come dwelling and see the trash alongside the bypass,” he stated.

Sporting a brilliant orange vest for security, Talmage spends hours every week gathering trash, together with beer cans, bottles, quick meals wrappers and elements of vehicles.

As soon as, he discovered a folded-up $20 invoice.

“It looks as if the bypass is a dumping space, and folks simply throw every little thing on the market,” Talmage stated. “It’s so good when it’s all picked up.”

Born in Apollo, Talmage moved to Allegheny Township when he was 4 years previous and has lived there ever since. He graduated from the previous Vandergrift Excessive College in 1955.

Talmage retired from Allegheny Ludlum 26 years in the past, the place he labored as a transportation pricing analyst.

After retiring, he started his trash patrol — as a one-man volunteer crew.

Accumulating trash has resulted in a number of episodes of surprising drama for Talmage.

“As soon as I went to select up plastic trash semi-buried within the floor. Turned out a snake was beneath it,” Talmage stated.

Talmage had one other shut name with a serpent. Retrieving his work gloves from on the bottom alongside Route 56, he discovered “a snake had curled up by them. That one tried to chew me,” Talmage stated.

Most days are quiet and routine. Now and again, a motorist will cease to thank him for selecting up rubbish.

Township officers granted permission for Talmage to make use of the township dumpster to eliminate the collected trash.

He donates collected aluminum cans to the Roaring Run Watershed Affiliation, the place recycling proceeds are used to assist preserve the path.

Allegheny Township Supervisor Jamie Morabito described Talmage as “84 years younger” and praised his long-running volunteer outreach.

“Mr. Talmage has a piece ethic and pure dedication. It’s straightforward to see his ardour for the township,” Morabito stated.

John Maher lives in the identical Allegheny Township neighborhood as Talmage.

“I respect that he makes the neighborhood look higher and he by no means complains,” Maher stated.

Talmage stated selecting up trash alongside a mile-long part of Route 56 offers train for him, however that’s not why he does it.

“I would like individuals to return via our township and see that it appears neat, as an alternative of like a pig pen,” Talmage stated.

And his message to motorists? “Take your rubbish dwelling.”

Talmage stated he has no plans to finish his beautification mission.

“I even considered increasing,” he stated.

Joyce Hanz is a Tribune-Evaluation employees author. You’ll be able to contact Joyce at 724-226-7725 , [email protected] or by way of Twitter .

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