Venne’s training was on generator sizing and safety, along with man-lift safety. Venne is the shop foreman at Taylor Rental and reiterates safety to not only to his colleagues but also to customers.
Longino and Smith attended the seminar on tent ballasting (weighting instead of staking), safety and inflatable safety. Both work heavily with these issues during the spring, summer and fall months when tent and bounce-house rentals are at their peak.
BOLTON LANDING — Barry Kincaid, a Bolton Landing resident and owner of KLC Property Enhancement, has donated his services to improve trails at Cat and Thomas Mountains Preserve, owned and managed by the Lake George Land Conservancy (LGLC). The work includes drainage improvements with swales, a culvert reset, and a widened trail where brush had become too overgrown.
Kincaid also donated his services to help clear trails and trim back growth at the Last Great Shoreline Preserve in Putnam, and to remove downed trees at Peggy’s Point in Hague.
“We’re happy to be able to offer access into some of Lake George’s most beautiful areas,” said LGLC Communications and Outreach Manager Sarah Hoffman. “But it’s also our responsibility to make sure these trails remain safe and provide an enjoyable experience for everyone who uses them.”
Others have also helped. A new door to the Thomas Mountain cabin has been built and installed by David Cummings. Rich Larkin took down a dead tree that was dangerously hanging over a trail at Cat and Thomas. Justin Warren has volunteered to remove snow from the parking area of Amy’s Park and has removed two large tanks that were dumped over the bank on Trout Falls Road.
Numerous volunteers also take on the role of Volunteer Preserve Stewards, hiking the trails year-round to report any misuse or damage, often performing needed maintenance themselves and keeping the kiosks stocked with trail guides and log-in sheets. These include Nancy Hill, Bob Aspholm and Rosemary Pusateri at the Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob; Bob Whitaker and Dick Barney at Cook Mountain; the Chapman family at Gull Bay; Mary Lou Doulin at Peggy’s Point; and Richard Hayes Phillips at Cat and Thomas and the Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob.