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Wake up and let’s stop vandalism

July 31, 2014
Lake Placid News

To the editor:

I was dismayed to see no flowers in the window boxes on the right side of the Chubb River while driving home last Thursday (Darrah & Darrah Autobody side). We, the Garden Club, had installed them only a week before!

Not only were the flowers missing, but the six liners in which they were planted were apparently tossed into the river as well.

How sad that those responsible for this wanton act are depriving themselves, the rest of the community and our visitors of a glimpse of beauty. Such touches - hanging baskets, barrels, other window boxes and public gardens - give Lake Placid that something extra not seen in most other communities.

I would like to think none of our residents are guilty of this thoughtless destruction of property. I have heard, however, that Main Street plantings have been subject to more vandalism this summer. Last week's Lake Placid News even carried a letter relating theft to the recent grave of J. Paul Jones at St. Agnes Cemetery.

Can we identify these unhappy, sick individuals? I would like to work with them as I have a large weeding project which might appeal to an aggressive instinct. I would also like to show the offenders how to turn their energy into constructive behavior. The satisfaction of doing something positive is so much more durable and stronger than a quick thrill.

The police have been informed, but we also depend on our watchful and aware citizens.

The Garden Club paid for the liners, flowers and welder to create a system to attached the boxes to the bridge. As a nonprofit organization, we cannot afford to repeat the process.

If such vandalism continues, imagine our community devoid of any public plantings.

With disappointment and concern,

Linda Friedlander

Lake Placid



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