Adirondack area residents are invited to do their part to help clean up their communities in preparation for the summer season during Community Pride Day which is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, May 4. Residents are asked to volunteer their time and take to the streets with gloves and garbage bags in tow to rid their lawns, roadways, and local parks of detritus left over from fall and winter.
The following towns will take part in the event this year: Old Forge, Thendara, Eagle Bay, Big Moose, Inlet, Raquette Lake, Long Lake, Lake Pleasant, Indian Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, Speculator, Arietta, Wells, and Morehouse. Several school districts in the Adirondack region will also participate in the event by taking their students outdoors to lend a hand in the clean up effort.
All volunteers participating in the clean up event will receive a free t-shirt with sponsors listed on the back. The front of the shirt will feature a prize-winning design which was a group effort submitted by K. Russell, A. Puterko and D. Svoboda of Indian Lake Central School.
Volunteers cleaning up in the Inlet/Eagle Bay area are welcome to pick up shirts, trash bags and rubber gloves in front of the Inlet Information Office or the Eagle Bay Fire Hall beginning at 9 a.m. on May 4. As a thank you for helping to clean up the area, volunteers will be treated to lunch at the Eagle Bay Fire Hall starting at noon. Those in the Old Forge/Thendara area can pick up supplies in front of the Town of Webb Visitors Information Center and will be treated to lunch at the Old Forge Fire Department around noon. (The rain date for the Town of Webb is May 5.)
To find out specifics in your area, please contact the following establishments: Inlet or Eagle Bay/Big Moose contact Adele Burnett at the Inlet Information Office at 315-357-5501; in Old Forge or Thendara – Town of Webb Visitors Information Center at 315-369-6983; in Raquette Lake – Kat at The Tap Room at 315-354-4581; in Long Lake – Long Lake Parks & Tourism 518-624-3077; in Indian Lake or Blue Mountain Lake – Indian Lake Events Coordinator at 518-648-5828; in Speculator/Arietta/Morehouse – Speculator Region Chamber of Commerce (COC) at 518-548-4521; in Wells – Steve at 518-921-1309.
Community Pride Day is sponsored by the Central Adirondack Association.
Photo at top: These two youngsters teamed up to help clean up Arrowhead Park in the Town of Inlet during a previous Community Pride Day event. Photo courtesy of Adele Burnett, Inlet Tourism Director.