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Lenox tour takes reporter along

Each year in the spring the town of Lenox board, highway superintendent and codes enforcement officer plan a road tour. At the mention of this tour last month, this reporter asked to tag along. To my surprise, Lenox Supervisor Rocco DiVeronica said, "sure, you can go."

We left the town offices between 8:30 and 9 a.m. April 30. Behind the wheel was highway Superintendent Salvador "Tony" Cesario. Riding shotgun was codes enforcement Officer Rick Stagnitti. Rocky and Councilman Ron Marchetti behind them and Councilman Richard Rossi and yours truly in the way back.

As we headed out the talk began with the new paver that was scheduled to arrive that week, and shared municipal services with the town of Lincoln. Also arriving soon was the new Gradall.

Our trip began on Cove Road to Pine Ridge to Whitelaw Road. We traveled down Hertle Road, which is a dead end, and I have to say, I've never been down it. I did discover that it had been rezoned for doublewide homes and few were scattered about.

We proceeded to North Main. Rocky thought the muckland would be a great place to plant willow. Willow are planted and managed at high densities with a three to four year coppice harvest cycle providing fuel for co-firing coal.

We continued north to Whitelaw and hung a left on Waterbury Road, cutting through Eddy Road in the town of Sullivan to Route 31.

After a quick stop for breakfast at Debbie's Diner our tour guide led us to several roads leading to Oneida Lake, including Kohles, North Main Street and Tioughanack. I understand why people chose to live in these areas. The lake was rough, with white caps rolling over and over the murky waters, but the sound of the surf and the fresh scent of the water could make any angler or aqua phobic feel like they were living in paradise.

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