Sollecito donates weed rakes
Van Buren resident Jim Sollecito donated two lake-rakes to the town of Van Buren, which Van Buren Park employees can use to remove the weeds from Van Buren pond.
Sollecito said those who use the pond to fish find it difficult to reel in catches because of the thick layer of weeds surrounding the shore of the pond. His lake-rake invention should alleviate the problem.
A lake-rake is basically a regular rake with a long rope attached to it. To use it, Sollecito said you step on the rope, throw the rake into the lake, then pull it to shore. The weeds will also be pulled to shore, at which point you pull them out and place in a compost pile.
Sollecito gave the rakes to Councilor Ronald Dudzinski who heads the parks committee.
"Thanks to Mr. Sollecito for his kind gift to the park," Dudzinski said.