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Heritage week on the horizon

INDIAN LAKE - Spring in the Adirondacks is here. It is that very special time of year when elementary students at Indian Lake Central School celebrate their Adirondack "roots." The theme this year will be natural history.

On Monday, June 15, students will spend time at the Adirondack Museum touring the exhibits and hearing stories with Bill Smith. On Tuesday, they will make science journals with Paula Krieg. Wednesday will be spent at the fish hatchery in Warrensburg and on a nature hike into the Pack Forest to visit the Grandmother Tree, a white pine that has stood since before the French and Indian War. Beth Bidwell from the Wildlife Institute of Eastern New York will be giving presentations to students on Thursday. She will be with her including a peregrine falcon, red owl, milk snake, and snapping turtle. Another public performance will be held this year.

Peggy Lynn, Dan Berggren and Dan Duggan will be joining the K-5 students to sing nature and Adirondack songs. This free performance will be at the Indian Lake Theater on Thursday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m. The final day students will travel to Tupper Lake to explore the Wild Center.

This year's events are dedicated to the memory of Dick Merrill. He and his wife, Mary, were familiar faces at many past Heritage activities. Last year they worked with students building a simple peg and beam structure on the front lawn of the school.

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