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'Canal Clean Sweep' spruces up sites for season

Local groups, Boy Scouts pitch in at Schoharie Crossing, other parks

Melissa Zaleski of Fonda, right, and Ryan Weitz of Fultonville, 19, rake during the Canal Clean Sweep at the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site Saturday.
Photographer: Barry Sloan
Melissa Zaleski of Fonda, right, and Ryan Weitz of Fultonville, 19, rake during the Canal Clean Sweep at the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site Saturday.
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Until Saturday Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site had never participated in the New York state Canal Corporation’s annual volunteer spring cleaning event, called the “Canal Clean Sweep.” Tricia Shaw, education coordinator for Schoharie Crossing, said in past years her operation had five full-time state employees, two of whom would normally have been doing spring cleaning right about now in preparation for the summer tourism season. State budget cuts have reduced her staffing to three, so ...

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