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Residents remove rubbish

LONG LAKE - A list of items like aluminum foil, cigarettes, steel nails and tires might be satisfied at a department store, but the town of Long Lake was littered with such items before Community Pride Day May 11.

"We found everything from bottles to cans to just trash people just throw out of their car," said Douglas Blodgett, who helped with the cleanup effort and filled three trash bags in the process.

Participants met at the skate center and were assigned a road to clean with a partner. Shirts were passed out and put on for some photos, then participants got their hands dirty cleaning up their community.

More than 50 people turned out for the event, which Alexandra Roalsvig, director of events for Long Lake, said was a big improvement over the two who turned out for the first year.

The event was pushed back a week, Roalsvig said, because of flooding prior to the event followed by a rainy day. To get maximum turnout, the cleanup was scheduled for better weather.

Students and faculty of Long Lake Central Elementary pitched in, too, with staff members cleaning up Route 28N, which the school had adopted. Students helped out at Jennings Pond and the Nature Trail.

"All we're doing is trying to make things look a little better around town for when people come for summer, and for our own benefit," Blodgett said.

Blodgett said he hopes the example participants set inspires community members to spruce up their own properties and keep the town looking good.

Other efforts to make the town shine include new flowers and bushes at the Long Lake Medical Center, and new stain for the building. Barrels throughout the town of Long Lake were planted with flowers, and Shaw Pond will be getting a re-designed picnic area.

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