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Volunteers say canal cleanup work making difference

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When volunteers started cleaning around the historic Old Champlain Lock 4 in Waterford, organizer Terri Patton recalls using grappling hooks to pull tires out of the water. After eight years of the annual Canal Clean Sweep, she said, the effort has changed. In addition to picking up litter that blows in, the annual weekend of work now entails cutting brush to make sure the scenic canal is visible from the nearby Canalway Trail. “We’re kind ...


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