Business & professional association meets and plans Earth Day celebration

JOHNSTOWN — The Downtown Johnstown Business & Professional Association met Wednesday for the first time in awhile because of COVID, planning an activity for Earth Day on April 25.

DJBPA organizer and local businesswoman Jessica McClements said the meeting at the Johnstown Episcopal Church was “well attended and we made some good progress.”

She said the Downtown Johnstown Business & Professional Association will be hosting a downtown clean up day in observance of Earth Day for 2021. It will take place on April 25, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

McClements said the DJBPA now needs volunteers and possibly donation of supplies to make the Johnstown clean up happen.

An association news release stated that “any and all volunteers from the community are welcome to join us and help us to make our downtown a clean, healthy, and beautiful place for all to enjoy/”

“We will meet at the War Memorial in front of Union Hall Inn between 12:45 p.m. and 1 p.m. to receive clean up section assignments and supplies. Please arrive at our meeting time wearing your protective face masks,” the release said.

Anyone wishing to donate supplies such as heavy duty garbage bags, rubber gloves, work gloves, pick up sticks, etc. can contact [email protected]

For any further questions about this project, the public can email the DJBPA; or call Jessica McClements at (518) 332-8539.

The association Facebook page says the group was established to increase the visibility of local, downtown Johnstown businesses and to provide a “voice” in local government affairs.

The DJBPA was created in 2015 as a means to bring the downtown Johnstown, merchants, professionals and non-profits together to affect needed changes and advocate for associated members in local and county government.

By Patricia Older