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Schroon senior citizens recognized

SCHROON LAKE A special awards ceremony highlighted the February meeting of the Schroon Lake Senior Citizens Club. Lifetime members were recognized and presented certificates by past club president Lorraine Erikson and current president Kate Huston. These special members will no longer have to pay club dues. Five of the six lifetime members were present at the meeting. They have all been members for at least 20 years and are over 80 years old. They are Flora Whitty, Ginny Murdock, Ed Haroff, Rosemary Haroff and Clara Connell. Anna Gregoire was not able to be present. Also recognized was Alma Joss, a charter member who currently resides in Florida. Lt. John Rowan, recently deceased, was also mentioned as a founding father of the club. Charlotte Rowe and Marion Stowell were declared lifetime members in 1998 when the resolution was first passed. It is important to recognize these people who have longevity of membership in an organization. Attaining an age with dignity is very important to seniors, Erikson said. These lifetime members are all active in the club. They participate in the nutrition program, play bridge, write their memoirs, enjoy doing puzzles. February club activities included a van trip to the Wilton Mall, a Valentine party with live music by Bernie Fredericks, and a trip to the Lake Placid Center for the Arts for a matinee performance of Sylvia. A box is still out at the center where donations can be placed for service people in Iraq. Ten boxes were mailed out in December. Member John Huston informed the group that volunteers will be needed in the future to help carry out the master plan being formulated by the Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce to protect the lakes watershed from invasive plant and animal species. The meetings speaker was Ruth Robinson of Schroon Lake who described her work with Dan Wallace of Minerva. Over the past several years the pair have planted thousands of spring flowering bulbs on 35-45 acres of wood lot that Wallace has been clearing. They are doing it all by hand and though it is hard work, the rewards are great. Take care of the woods and the Adirondacks, and they will take care of you, said Robinson.

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