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By Mark Abrams

ERDENHEIM, Pa. (CBS) — Crews from Peco, the electric utility, were planting trees today instead of trimming and removing them.  The job site was a park in Springfield Township, Montgomery County.

Eighteen Peco volunteers responded to the call for help in Cisco Park, along Montgomery Avenue in the Erdenheim section of the township.

Sharon McDaniel, manager of construction and maintenance in Peco’s Bucks-Mont region, says the volunteers made quick work of the task.

“The team really exceeded our expectations,” she said afterward.  “We weren’t sure that we would complete the full project, but we were able to get all 46 trees planted, mulched, and protected in the area — and hoping that the community can really enjoy it.”

Chuck Bailey, environmental advisory council representative for Springfield Township, says Peco contributed to the purchase of the trees and brought the manpower.  He says the township dug the holes, but the volunteer teams did the real work.

“Oh, absolutely — it was a big help to the township.  Without their help, I don’t know how we would have gotten the trees in,” Bailey told KYW Newsradio.

The tree planting is among more than 40 different community service projects Peco crews are participating in during the observance of National Volunteer Week.

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