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All Hail "The Keeper of the Trail"

CADYVILLE Clinton County has been blessed with numerous locations of natural beauty. One of those places is Cadyville's oxbow on the Saranac River. NYSEG owns this beautiful piece of property on the Kent Falls Rd.; fishermen, swimmers and nature lovers frequent this spot. Thanks to the "Keeper of the Trail" more people are enjoying the attraction because it has never looked better.

"The Keeper of the Trail" is the name the teens who frequent the oxbow have awarded to an area man who has made keeping this property litter free, safe, and beautiful one of his priorities. "The Keeper," who wishes to remain anonymous, is a native of Clinton County. He moved out of the area for a few years but returned to the area about 8 years ago. Shortly after moving back, he and his girlfriend took their lunch break and headed to the oxbow for a picnic. "I remembered going up there as a kid a couple of times each summer to swim with my cousins. I remembered what a beautiful spot it was," he said.

"The Keeper" was appalled at what he found. "The place was trashed. There was garbage everywhere. There were bags of trash, old carpets, building materials, washing machines. It was sad," he said.

Almost a year later "The Keeper" moved to Morrisonville, just a few miles from the property. He began frequenting the spot to walk on the trails. At each visit he would pick up some of the trash. He even pulled all of the large items out to the road where they could be hauled away. At first it seemed hopeless. "Somedays it seemed as though twice as much trash as what I had picked up was dumped again," he said.

But "The Keeper" did not grow discouraged. He persevered in his commitment to clean the area up. He would visit the area 2 to 3 times a week during spring, summer and fall. "I just wanted to make a difference. The area is just too beautiful to be destroyed," he explained.

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