With the closing of Whiteface Mountain on Sunday, the end of winter in the North Country is right around the corner — and now it’s time to prepare for all the warm weather activities around the Olympic Region.
This year has proven to be a successful one at Whiteface, with a record number of skiers and snowboarders visiting the venue. As of Tuesday, there were 212,491 visitors to Whiteface, and that number will climb by Sunday, the last day of operation at the mountain.
Wilmington, Lake Placid and all the surrounding communities are fortunate to have such a draw. The mountain certainly is a major factor to the local economy, and as the snow melts, we hope the upcoming spring, summer and fall seasons are equally successful.
That brings us to the melting snow. As usual, all the hidden debris and trash from the past few months has become exposed, and the annual Village Cleanup event is nearing. It is time for all the locals to recognize just how vital it is to keep our village beautiful by supporting the cleanup effort.
This year’s Lake Placid Village Cleanup is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 26 and is sponsored by the Garden Club of Lake Placid, with registration taking place from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Olympic Center box office. The rain date for the event is May 3.
This event is a great way to get involved in a worthy community cause, and a free lunch will even be provided at 11:45 a.m. at the Olympic Skating Oval. Both children and adults are needed, so this could be a great family affair — and what better way is there to teach youngsters about civic duty?
Garbage bags will be provided, but participants should remember to bring a pair of gloves. For more information on the cleanup, call Heidi Roland at 523-9243 or Peggy Dennin at 523-4145. Any help in this event is greatly appreciated — by event organizers, locals and visitors alike. It helps keep Lake Placid beautiful.
Those who cannot participate in the annual cleanup can help simply by grabbing a trash bag and picking up trash near their home or office. Every little bit helps.