Last Saturday, April 6, the Friends of Allegany State Park work crew consisted of John Luby, Louann Wannamaker, Kevin Galleneau, Yvonne Abwender, Paul Crawford (coming since the groups inception) Heather Ferrara, Madison Ferrara (second timers), Andrew Pitisi, Carol Jackson, Josett Franzone, Zach Jackson, Ryan Haak (newcomers-thank you!), with a special thanks to Sandy Boczar for cooking and Al and Judy Pitisi for providing transportation. A total of 15 volunteers showed up to help.
For this month’s event, the group picked up over 30 bags of garbage, covering all of the cabin loops in Red House, including Camp Allegany. They skipped Summit because it was heavily occupied and there was too much snow. There was a lot of snow on Ryan and Congdon as well, but they managed to haul out a lot of debris there too! It was a beautiful day and everyone had a great time.
Carol Jackson, a newcomer to the group, brought her two nephews and niece who worked hard and had fun. As usual, everyone came out with “souvenirs” including an assortment of balls, a squeaky lizard, and a very cool scout keychain, among others.
The group also welcomed Andy Pitisi, another hard and enthusiastic worker new to the group, and were appreciative of his folks for driving.
The next event takes place in conjunction with the “I Love My Park” event, a nationally sponsored event on Saturday, May 4. If the weather cooperates, they will be doing exterior painting and brush removal.
Keep updated on the group’s activities on Facebook at Friends of Allegany State Park.