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SUNYIT cleans up Delta Lake State Park

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: SUNYIT cleans up Delta Lake State Park
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ROME, N.Y. -- It was part of the third annual "I Love My Park Day" across New York.

The initiative was an opportunity for volunteers to give back while helping the park get ready for the busy upcoming season. And it's not just left behind trash the group is picking up.

"What we're going to be doing today is cleaning up all of the debris that's on the beach," said Laura Tully, park manager. "Every winter mother nature just buries us with twigs and sticks and we've got some trees and garbage that come off of the lake."

Tully said she is very thankful for the 30 volunteers. Without them, it would have been a crew of about five or six cleaning up.

Some of the volunteers were members of a student club on SUNY IT's campus. It's called Wildcat Cares. It sources volunteers for events and helps students fulfill their community service requirements.

The club's president and founder, Mike Aiello, says it feels good to beautiful the Mohawk Valley. And that's just one of the perks.

"A lot of people in Syracuse don't know about SUNY IT. And [the community service club] is help for my business degree. Hopefully it will help me start my own business."

Time Warner Cable News was a proud sponsor of the event. Delta Lake State Park opens up for swimming May 24.

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