LAKE GEORGE Patricia Dow has a vision for the young people of Lake George and about five years ago, she started an organization to make it happen.
It started when Kate Hogan was running for district attorney the first time and she talked about helping kids take the right path, Dow said. She didnt want to see them in the court system.
Hogan began Communities that Care, as part of a national movement by that name. It was a plan to mobilize the community to try to get children off the streets and how to have fun without alcohol or drugs.
Warrensburg signed on first, they had lost a couple kids to drinking and driving, Dow said. Each community has its own version, based on its challenges.
Dow started by sending an informal survey to community members, students and teachers, asking what they liked about the community and what they would change if they could.
We got a pretty good response, Dow said.
Responses varied, but Dow said the main theme was to make the village more like the lake, less commercial and trashy. Children wanted a place to hang with their friends.
The first meeting of the group was attended by Mayor Bob Blais, Town Supervisor Lou Tessier, School Superintendent Bruce Levin along with parents and other community members.
It was a loose coalition, and with everyone at the same table, together we might have a chance, Dow said.
The group is called Lake George Community Comes Together, or LGCCT, and they now have several annual activities that have become mainstays. Recently they worked with horticulture students from BOCES and art students from both the elementary and high schools to distribute brightly painted pots of flowers to town and village residents.
People were so touched, Dow said. They asked what they had done to deserve this?