It's spring cleaning time, and the annual village cleanup is also on the schedule. But the village cleanup is more than just a cleanup. It's a village tradition that's been around for more than half a century. It's also a great way to get out and be part of a worthwhile community effort.
And to top it all off, there's also a benefit "Plunge for a Cause" being sponsored by local high school students on the same day. Everyone is invited to take a cool dip in Mirror Lake to benefit local food pantries and the Tri-Lakes Humane Society.
Both the village cleanup and plunge are scheduled for Saturday, April 20. Every year residents can be seen carrying plastic bags and helping to keep their community clean. More importantly, it's a great opportunity for parents to demonstrate by example how easy it is to take part in a community project. Kids will learn to appreciate playing a role in such a vital endeavor while gaining a greater sense of community. It'll also provide some exercise and an excellent way to socialize. And there's also a free lunch for cleanup participants.
Registration for the cleanup is from 9 to 10 a.m. April 20 at the Olympic Center box office, and during this time participants will register to join or lead a group, be assigned an area, pick up bags and lunch tickets and get recycling information. The lunch for all volunteers will follow the cleanup at the village beach house at Mirror Lake. Thanks to all the local businesses that donated food and beverages for this community event.
Registration for the plunge will be at 11:30 a.m. and there will even be a contest for Best Costume. Even if you aren't up to jumping in the cold water, take time to pass by the beach to watch and root for the participants, and while you're there, make a donation to help these students have a successful event. Community support is a key.
All proceeds will benefit the Lake Placid Middle School Builders Club's campaign for funding the Tri-Lakes Humane Society and the Ecumenical Food pantries of Lake Placid and Wilmington.
It's these types of events that helps bind a community, and it's far more than just picking up trash or taking a dip. So if you can, volunteer to help keep Lake Placid a beautiful place or go jump in the lake. They are both worthwhile causes.