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Pa.'s bounty of parks lures unwanted out-of-state visitors

Pa.'s bounty of parks lures unwanted out-of-state visitors

On a sunny Tuesday afternoon, a full-size charter bus rolled into the lot at Penn Pump Park, followed by a trail of 10 cars with New York license plates. Palmer Township officials couldn't believe it. Somehow their quiet oasis along the Bushkill Creek had turned into a destination point, with out-of-state visitors clogging roads and littering the park with dirty diapers, beer cans and plates of leftover food. Perplexed, they asked the charter's occupants why they had come. "They say they just want to get out of the city and they think it's a beautiful place to go with the water and surrounding woods," Palmer Township police Chief Larry Palmer said. ...

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