ARC adopts a highway

PLATTSBURGH The Clinton County Advocacy and Resource Center is one of the latest organizations to sponsor a roadway through the state Department of Transportations Adopt-A-Highway program. Representatives from the ARC were on hand Tuesday morning for the installation of a sign on New York Road in the city of Plattsburgh, which officially marked their adoption of a 1.2-mile stretch of the road that traverses the city and town of Plattsburgh. The signs for the program were purchased by the town, with the highway department performing the installation. Through the program, the ARC, which provides services to developmentally disabled citizens throughout the county, will be responsible for regular roadside clean-ups. Volunteers from the centers day and residential habilitation programs will perform the work, said ARC associate executive director Lori Lobdell. The volunteers are excited to participate in helping keep our roads clean because its a chance for them to give back, said Lobdell. ARC recreation coordinator Marc Brannigan, who brought the idea of participating in the program to Lobdell and ARC public relations coordinator Brenda Garner, said he was pleased to see the project come to fruition. They just like the opportunity to participate in the community and give back, Brannigan said of ARC volunteers. Its a nice opportunity for everyone to get out for some fresh air, get some exercise and give back to Plattsburgh. Town and city officials have expressed their full support of the project, which will ultimately mean cleaner sections of their municipalities, said Plattsburgh Town Supervisor Bernard C. Bassett. A lot of what were trying to do is simply support and sponsor activities like this and help keep our community looking attractive, said Bassett. This road that crosses the municipalities is something we are supporting for the ARC to support the community in general. Its just another sign this is a great place to be and of the good people in this community, he added. City Mayor Donald M. Kasprzak, who was unable to attend Tuesday mornings announcement, agreed with Bassett when reached for comment, stating he was glad the town and city have found another project they can join together to support. This program is obviously one that benefits everyone in the region and we will fully support this ongoing work, he said.

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