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Families compete in golf, learn about lake conservation

BOLTON LANDING - A dozen or so families had fun Saturday while contributing to the preservation of the region and learning about area ecology, according to an official of the Lake George Land Conservancy.

The organization's second annual Mini-Golf Tournament and Cruise was held Saturday, and despite morning rain and a bleak forecast, 34 people participated, Land Conservancy spokeswoman Sarah Hoffman said.

The rain stopped just in time for the eight teams to make their first strokes. After tallying the scores, ties occurred in both the adult and youth divisions, resulting in the four finalists re-playing the most difficult hole for a tie-breaker.

Terry Benedict won the tie-breaker, becoming the 2010 winner for best adult score and Terrence Benedict and Adam Bergamini remained tied with the best youth scores. Best Team Score was awarded to the Benedict family, from Hague.

Created as a fun way to raise awareness and support for the Conservancy's land conservation programs, the Mini-Golf Tournament and Cruise featured 18 holes of mini-golf followed by a one-hour cruise aboard the Minne-Ha-Ha, an authentic paddle-wheel steamboat on Lake George.

Hoffman said the fundraiser was a success.

"This casual event got families out to enjoy Lake George, and the cruise allows them to see the land from the water and get young kids involved," she said.

Saturday's fundraiser was the first of four Conservancy events this month. The others are:

• July 18 - Guided Northwest Bay paddle and shoreline clean up, no charge to participate;

• July 24 - Annual Meeting and Field Day - field options include a timber rattlesnake educational hike with Dr. Bill Brown, a presentation by DEC on the bat populations and white-nose syndrome, and the first guided hike along the connector trail between Gull Bay Preserve and the Last Great Shoreline in Putnam. This event costs $10 per person including lunch;

• July 31 - Barbecue Benefit for land conservation in Bolton - canoe raffle is featured - $25 per adult, $15 per youth ages 6-15, 5 and under, free.

For information about any of the Land Conservancy's summer events, see www.lglc.org, or call 644-9673.

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