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A beautiful day for a walk in Skaneateles

This year, to encourage a younger demographic, some new venues were added for those who wanted to do more than walk. Participants, individual or in teams, could skate 30 laps around the Community Center Rink, a distance equaling about three miles, or try 66 laps in the pool, about a mile of swimming. Participants could walk the mile course of two laps around Austin Park, the traditional three-mile course around the village and for the 'fitness freaks' there was a four-mile challenge walk, taking hikers up and over hills along the Vargosen tail.

"I've walked this course many years for this event," said Jan Ryan, a senior walker who with her 'strolling companion' Jane Mercurio who opted for the one-mile Austin Park lap. "The best thing about all of it is that scenery of Skaneateles is so beautiful."

The Collective, a group of young adults who make it their honorable mission to organize and participate in events that are alternatives to those influenced by substance abuse and alcohol, took to the streets en masse to show their support. For more information about The Collective, check out their Web site at skancollective.org.

"We need to get the younger people involved. They are the future of this," Spinelli said. "I'm really pleased to see them here."

For more information about Crop walks visit cropwalkonline.org and check out the local food pantry, 685-6929 -- they're always looking for volunteers.

Think about it next time you're staring into the refrigerator deciding what to eat.

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