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Schroon group to mark 100th anniversary

SCHROONLAKE-The Schroon Lake Association is planning a birthday party.

The association will mark its 100th anniversary this summer with a gala event July 17. Planning is now under way.

The Schroon Lake Association was formed in 1911 by 36 people concerned about the life and purity of the lake.

"For 100 years, volunteers have come together to preserve and protect Schroon Lake," said Nancy Belluscio of the SLA.

July 17, the day after the annual Schroon Lake Association craft fair, a birthday party will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. in the town park near the boathouse and bandstand.

Helen Wildman, SLApresident, will open the event with a welcome to dignitaries and attendees. There will be ongoing displays featuring a timeline of the association's accomplishments, a video about the organization, information about the current ecological issues that threaten the lake, and the newly adopted lake management plan.

Music, a scavenger hunt, a performance by the SLA Aquanauts, food and beverages will also be part of the event. A time capsule, to be left for the future generation, is also being planned.

There will be no cost for any of the activities, but commemorative T-shirts will be on sale.

"The SLA always encourages those who care about the future to join their efforts via membership and participation in the many aspects of the organization such as the arts and crafts fair, the duck race, purple loosestrife management, the milfoil scout program, water quality testing and the newsletter," Belluscio said.

The Schroon Lake Association is a not-for-profit volunteer organization dedicated to preserving, promoting and protecting the welfare of Schroon Lake, the Schroon River, and the watershed area. Since its founding in 1911, the association's motto has been "The purity of the lake; the welfare of the town."

In the past century, the SLA campaigned for an East Shore Road; was involved in the first massive campaign against acid rain; stopped the use of harmful pesticides near the shore; and has helped maintain the concept of sustainable and environmentally safe development. The association has also funded the testing of the lake and the harvesting of invasive plants like purple loosestrife and Eurasian Water Milfoil.

The Schroon Lake Association's annual general meeting, which is open to the public, will be on July 8 at 8 p.m. in the Boathouse Theatre. More information is available online at www.schroonlakeassociation.org.

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