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Volunteers keep Mt. Defiance open

"Of course, the closing duty also includes rounding up late visitors that may still be at the top," Hall said.

Weather takes its toll on the mountain and especially the roadway. Various groups have stepped forward with patching materials when they're needed and for general upkeep.

"International Paper's Jim O'Bryan is very generous in authorizing the use of some of its equipment including mowers," Hall said. "Mike Austin, Chris Bazon and Dave Iuliano keep everything looking trim and tidy."

Recently Mount Defiance received two hand-made picnic tables donated by the Cold Creek Club, whose members include Walt Mahar, Andy Carroll and several others.

"These friends continue to make sure the mountain top is always ready for enjoyment," Hall said. "Owned by Fort Ticonderoga as part of the acreage held in preservation, Mount Defiance is a significant historic site and an asset to the community who enjoys it. All this is due to A.T. Morette and his dedicated crew."

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