CASSADAGA Perfect weather greeted walkers for the Cassadaga Library's annual Walk-Around-the-Lake fund-raiser, a tradition which began in 1990.
Around 150 people began the walk, estimated to be about 3 miles in length, at 10 a.m. Temperatures were in the low 70s, the skies were sunny and clear, and humidity was low and comfortable.
Walkers began on the beach and walked Dale Drive, moved along Frisbee Road to Maple Avenue, and finally reconvened at the beach. Hot dogs and hamburgers were sold to help raise additional funds.
OBSERVER Photo by Shirley Pulawski
Around 150 walkers turned out for the annual walk around the lake, which ended with a picnic at the beach in Cassadaga.
Currently, the library is closed to the public pending repairs.
Village historian John Sipos said, "The problem with the library is one we all can have in this area. Ice got in between the shingles during the winter, and froze and damaged part of the roof." A problem with mold followed, and the library has been closed for some time, and the roof needs to be replaced.
The library building is owned by the town of Stockton, and petitions have been given to officials urging the board to move quickly to re-open the library doors to the public.
Prizes were donated by local merchants, and Sipos called out winning prize numbers. "We really need this library re-opened," Sipos said. "We need a place where we can meet. We need a place where kids can go after school," he continued, and joked, "We need a place where I can go after school!"