Local musicians to urge people to keep lake clean of litter

LAKE GEORGE - Noted area musicians will be doing more than just singing songs at their shows in the region this February. They will be promoting the Lake George Association's "Carry On, Carry Off" lake awareness campaign.

Hoping to take advantage of large crowds attending Lake George's Winter Carnival, local musicians Chuck Kelsey and Jim Hood have offered to take time during their shows to educate people about the negative environmental impacts that come with leaving trash and debris on the frozen surface of Lake George.

"Too many people think, 'Well it's just one plastic bag or bottle,'" said Kelsey, a singer-songwriter and avid outdoorsman. "With hundreds of people using the frozen lake for recreation, that results in hundreds of discarded items left on the lake daily."

"Trash and other items get imbedded in the ice and covered with new snow if they are not removed promptly," adds Hood, singer-guitarist for the acoustic duo, Stout Boys. "Out of sight is not out of mind because, when the ice melts, these non-biodegradable items end up in the lake. Add that up year after year, and you have a major pollution concern."

Hood is also the communications coordinator for the Lake George Association and a resident of the town of Lake George.

Kelsey's love of the lake inspired him to write a song about it: "Lake George - A Journey." The song can be heard by going online to www.myspace.com/chucksoloact6. An upcoming list of Chuck's shows, as well as photos and biographical, can be found on this Web site as well.

Hood, who is also a solo performer in addition to playing with Stout Boys, has his own calendar of shows online at www.myspace.com/stoutboyjim.

The LGA is a not-for-profit membership organization of people interested in working together to protect the environmental quality of the Lake George basin.

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