TICONDEROGA PRIDE of Ticonderoga and Connecting Youth and Communities have announced the latest enhancement to the LaChute River Walkway project. In a final step in the development of the historic trail, the placement of sponsored benches along the walkway has begun. In partnership with local organizations and businesses, the LaChute River Walkway highlights the beauty and the importance of the rich heritage of the LaChute to residents and visitors to the area. The LaChute River, known as Ticonderoga Creek prior to 1933, is an important symbol and reminder of the historical significance of the Ticonderoga area. For over 250 years, the LaChute River was harnessed for industrial power and is the connecting thread between Lake George and Lake Champlain. The LaChute River played a significant role in the founding and discovery of early American civilization. As a critical waypoint for travelers, the LaChute River had a considerable impact on the founding of the town of Ticonderoga and was, for nearly a century, the livelihood of area industry. Over the last three years, the LaChute River Walkway community service project was broken into mini programs that offered students and community members opportunities to participate in the clean-up and renovation of the walkway. The first program evolved into the annual spring cleanup, which was expanded to include a fall clean-up adopted by the local Kiwanis chapter. A second program was a pilot community service learning project conducted by the Adirondack Scholars from the local College for Every Student chapter which organized the installation of fitness equipment along the walkway. Now, benches have been made available for purchase by local organizations and community members for placement along the walkway. In late September, a bench purchased by the Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union was installed next to the historic Frasier Bridge. Additional benches are available for purchase through PRIDE of Ticonderoga. For more information, to become involved in the the LaChute River Walkway project and/or to purchase a bench, contact PRIDE at 585-6366.