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May 6, 2013

Local groups join forces to spruce up Erie Canal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — MEDINA — Several local organizations cleaned a large section of the banks along the Erie Canal in the Village of Medina Saturday.

Boy Scouts from Troops 28 and 35, the Medina Lions Club, the Medina Masonic Lodge and students from the Iroquois Job Corps walked along several areas of the Canal with garbage bags, picking up garbage. 

Lions Club President Don Colquhoun said the event provided a great way for local groups to work together. He said roughly 50 people participated.

“Its a good chance for all of us to do something for the community,” he said. 

Colquhoun, who is also the Job Corps Chairman of Community Relations, called Melinda Maedl, the organization’s Business and Community Liaison, and suggested she bring some students along this year.

“I jumped at the opportunity,” she said. “It’s a great way for them to get out into the community and help out.”

The Lions Club’s participation marked its 26th year, but the Boy Scouts had their elders beat.

Frank Berger, Assistant District Chairman, noted how the Boy Scouts started the event in 1968, before the recognition of Earth Day. He said the young people’s participation provides a great lesson for all of them.

“It shows that when you litter, someone still has to pick it up,” Berger said. “It doesn’t just go away.”

He added that getting the boys involved in community activity at a young age was another benefit.

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