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Ceremony Marks Opening Of Peach Lake Sewage Plant In North Salem

North Salem Deputy Supervisor Peter Kamenstein cuts the ribbon at the Peach Lake ceremony. Photo Credit: Katherine Pacchiana
Warren Lucas Sr. and Betty Lucas, parents of North Salem Supervisor Warren Lucas, received a special award. Photo Credit: Katherine Pacchiana
The Peach Lake sewage treatment plant is located in Vail's Grove. Photo Credit: Katherine Pacchiana
Westchester County Legislator Peter Harckham, left, shakes hands with Charlie Voelkl of the Northern Westchester Country Club. Photo Credit: Katherine Pacchiana
Jack and Ronnie Waltzer receive an award for their contribution to the Peach Lake community. Photo Credit: Katherine Pacchiana
The new sewage treatment plant is expected to improve the water quality at Peach Lake in North Salem. Photo Credit: Katherine Pacchiana

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. – Although North Salem’s new Peach Lake Sewer System was completed several months ago, its symbolic ribbon-cutting occurred on Oct. 27, just two days before the arrival of Hurricane Sandy.

Many individuals and various groups were officially thanked during the ceremony. These included Town Supervisor Warren Lucas and the Peach Lake Coalition, a group of residents who were the moving force in implementing the replacement of 470 deteriorated domestic septic systems with a reliable sewage treatment plant for those same properties.

The campaign to improve the quality of North Salem’s Peach Lake started more than 40 years ago, said Tom Duffy of Vail’s Grove. Funds were raised through several government agencies. When the money finally came through, the Peach Lake Coalition had only three months to file and get approval on all the paperwork and set the project in motion before the funding deadline arrived.

Among those who received certificates of appreciation for their dedication to the project was Peach Lake resident Charlie Voelkl. Voelkl’s grandson, Michael Robson, 13, was one of two boys killed when a tree crashed onto a lakeside house during Hurricane Sandy. The other was Jack Baumler, 11.

The families of the two young friends have written a joint letter of thanks to the North Salem community and to specific volunteers and neighbors who assisted in trying to save the lives of the injured. The letter appears in The Daily Voice’s Opinion page.

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