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Effort under way to clean up historic site

September 2, 2011
The Leader Herald

FORT JOHNSON - A coordinated effort to clean up the Old Fort Johnson historic site, which was damaged by flooding in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene, is under way today and will continue Saturday.

Volunteers are needed for two shifts Saturday, one from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and another from 1 to 5 p.m.

Anyone who would like to help is asked to contact Lori Rulison at 424-2679 or or Gene Lees at 866-1657 or

Anyone who would like to volunteer in the future can e-mail the coordinators with their contact information to be updated about future cleanup efforts.

The coordinators ask that people not come to the site without registering and that registered volunteers make arrangements to carpool or be dropped off as parking is limited.

The site is muddy, and volunteers are asked to wear construction glasses, long pants, long sleeves and waterproof boots, and to bring rubber gloves for the mud or work gloves to protect hands when loading the trash bin.

The coordinators advise volunteers to bring an extra pair of shoes to change into and a small plastic bag for soiled clothing or boots, a news release said.

Some of the ways people can help are by cleaning the grounds or being volunteer caterers by bringing food donations that can be dropped off in the front area of the fort between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Saturday.

Volunteer photographers or recorders are needed to document items being disposed of.

Anyone who would like to make a donation can give by cash or check, made out to the Montgomery County Historical Society with "flood relief" on the memo line. Mail to MCHS, P.O. Box 196, Fort Johnson, NY 12070.

Several items are needed, such as disinfectant spray and rubber gloves.

To find out more, call either Rulison or Lees.



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