A huge thank you must go out to everyone who participated in the CAA's regional Community Pride Day. On May 1 well over 800 volunteers, students and teachers were out and about cleaning up the streets in Thendara, Old Forge, Eagle Bay, Big Moose, Inlet, Raquette Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, Long Lake and Indian Lake.
You may have noticed them if you drove through that day. In fact, you could not have missed them. They all wore safety green t-shirts made possible by donations from 85 businesses within these towns, with the top contributors being Raquette Lake Property Owners, ACE Hardware of Inlet and Old Forge, Adirondack Special Events, Billy's Restaurant, BJ Queen Enterprises, Daiker's Inn, Herron Realty, Indian Lake Marina, Indian Lake Theater, Long Lake Association, Mike Marleau Builder, Motel Long Lake and Cottages, The Old Mill, Pine's Country Store, Shamrock Motel and Cottages, the EZ Mart and Water Safari.
Another 20 sponsors supplied lunch in each town for the volunteers. Two businesses supplied gloves and the NYSDOT supplied trash bags for Town of Webb. Thank you to Old Forge Fire Department, Eagle Bay Fire Department, Raquette Lake Tap Room, the Route 30 One Stop and Long Lake Diner / Owl's Head Pub for hosting the lunches.
A special thank you to Chris Holt and Joanne Kelly for encouraging 24 of the 28 students in Inlet Common School to come out despite the unexpected Superintendent's Conference Day and for making arrangements to get them over to the fire hall for lunch.
Thank you to the towns of Webb, Inlet, Long Lake and Indian Lake for recruiting sponsors, making lunch arrangements and picking up the bags of trash volunteers left on the sides of the roads.
Thank you to those of you who went back out after lunch and cleaned up some more. Community Pride Day gives everyone a chance to take pride in this beautiful area we call home.
We encourage everyone to continue this effort throughout the year and we'll gather again the first Wednesday in May 2014.
Adele Burnett, director
Inlet Information Center