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Irvington Girl Scouts Rake The Trail Most Taken

IRVINGTON, N.Y. – People were coming out of the woods to help the Girl Scouts clean up the Irvington trailways system on Saturday.

This year's pre-Halloween snowstorm caused a lot of damage to the seven miles of trails in the 400-acre Irvington Woods, according to Irvington Trailways Committee Chair Rich Goldman. The snowstorm's damage far outstripped the damage from Hurricane Irene because the leaves were still up, which weighed down the trees when they were covered with snow.

“It's the worst I've seen in the 14 years we've been running the trails committee,” Goldman said. Girl Scouts from several troops came to help out. Some Irvington residents also joined in after the village requested volunteers.

Volunteers brought gloves and rakes. A few brought chainsaws to help with the larger limbs and trees that had fallen on the trails. The volunteer efforts had a rocky start at first.  They accidentally cleaned up part of the old trail to the Ice Pond. After a quick laugh and short walk down to the new trail, they quickly got to work.

Lyndsey Wasserman, an Irvington resident and Girl Scout from Troop 2611, explained that the volunteer efforts were to help them get the silver award. Wasserman noted the Girl Scouts have been volunteering on the trails for a long time.

The scouts were originally scheduled to pick up trash, but changed efforts after the snowstorm hit. Fellow scout Joanna Yulis said her troop thought it'd be a good idea to make sure the trails were still able to be used. “People have been working on them for years trying to get them to be better and we're just continuing on that,” she said.

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