LONG LAKE - On Wednesday, the towns of Long Lake, Raquette Lake and others participated in Community Pride Day.
The goal was to clean up area streets and roadways to gear up for the summer season.
Area businesses sponsored T-shirts. The following businesses and organizations participated in Community Pride in Long Lake: Eastern Star Abenaque Chapter No. 745, Hoss's Country Corner, Shamrock Motel and Cottages, The Cellar, The Rock Shop, Kickerville Mobil Station, Moonlighters Snowmobile Club and the Long Lake Diner and Owls Head Pub.
Volunteers for Community Pride day include (front row, from left) Lesley Knoll, Sam Bateman, Camille Nerney, Carol Benson; (back row, from left) Helen Kentile, Chris Blumberg, Nancy Lance, Jason Roblee, Luzerne Rockwell, Jack Quintal, Jim Bateman, Doug Blodgett and Ruth Howe.
Jim and Paula Piraino pose in front of their Long Lake Diner.
In Raquette Lake, sponsors included the Raquette Lake Property Owners Association, Great Camp Sagamore, Raquette Lake Tap Room and the W.W. Durant. Lunch was provided by the Raquette Lake Tap Room. More than 14 volunteers enjoyed a lunch provided by the Raquette Lake Tap Room and an additional cash donation was made by Kenneth Hawks to help offset the cost of the lunch.
In Long Lake, 14 volunteers collected more than 30 bags of garbage stretching from Deerland up to Shaw Pond, through the center of town, down to the state boat launch and along Rice and Mix Road, Clement Road and along the Memorial Day Parade route.
Pat Benton sent two employees from The Hedges to help collect debris. Doug Blodgett and Tommy Hutchins of Long Lake helped build garbage picker-upper sticks. The town provided the bags and the garbage pickups along the way.
In Long Lake, lunch was provided in part by Jim and Paula Piraino's Long Lake Diner. Jim explained his reasoning for offering support to Community Pride day:
"It's an opportunity to extend a huge thanks to volunteers in the community."
The Pirainos, owners of the diner, were the first volunteers to participate in Long Lake's Community Pride Day in 2009.
Paula said she was thrilled to see the volunteers.
"Last year there were only three of us," she said. "What a great turnout."
Long Lake Central School students will have their own Community Pride Day on Wednesday, when they will clean up the Nature Trail, the Long Lake Beach and other spots in and around the school.
Momentum is building for Community Pride Month in both Long Lake and Raquette Lake. People may sign up for the Great Adirondack Garage Sale for $5 to be on the map by May 18. Stop by the Long Lake town offices or by calling 624-3077.