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Tuesday, Aug 3, 2010

Berkshire Students Help Clean Up Queechy Lake

Assisted the Queechy Lake Association

For more information, contact Keith Toomey 518-781-4567 ext. 2542 or via email.

Canaan, NY – July 31, 2010 – Student residents at Berkshire Farm Center worked with a Berkshire staff member on Saturday to help clean up Queechy Lake in Canaan.

Berkshire shift supervisor James Mayo and the two youths worked for several hours with other community members to clean up "everything that didn’t belong in the lake." Despite the hard work, Mayo said the boys enjoyed the day. "They had a blast in the water to the point they were laughing much of the time while picking up debris," said Mayo.

"Mr. Mayo and the boys were great participants," said Anthony Zinsser, president of the Queechy Lake Club, which organized the clean up. "The boys enthusiastically got involved in the clean up despite being up to our chests slogging through the water most of the time." Zinsser said the boys were instrumental in what he called the "best find of the day" – an old automobile engine block in the water.

The clean-up crew rid the lake of debris such as plastic, logs, tires, glass, and railroad ties. Berkshire Farm Center supplied a dump truck to haul the debris to the transfer station. The scale there, according to Zinsser, showed that the clean-up project had removed nearly a ton of junk from the lake.

"All in all, it was a great day for the community and the boys," said Mayo, who added that when asked if they would help out in the future, the boys quickly answered, "Yes!" For their efforts they received Queechy Lake Club hats, can cozies, and plenty of hand shakes.

Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth is a statewide, not-for-profit child welfare agency, founded in 1886. Berkshire Farm Center provides life-changing experiences for at-risk youth, who often come to Berkshire with little hope. "Their futures brighten, though, as we help them grow stronger and return to their homes, ready to become productive members of their communities," said Timothy Giacchetta, Berkshire Farm Center CEO.

In addition to residential-based therapeutic, recreational, and educational services (including an accredited Jr./Sr. high school) for youth at its Residential Treatment Center in Canaan, New York, Berkshire Farm Center provides a broad array of community-based prevention, group home, and foster care programs for thousands of children and their families throughout the state.

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