I'm sitting here thinking about how important it is to take care of our lakes, rivers and open spaces. Right now, I'm thinking particularly of the beautiful City-owned Windsor Lake.
Many children growing up in North Adams, especially those of us who couldn't afford to go on vacation, would walk to Windsor Lake to swim, picnic, or just sit on the beach. It was a long walk for many of us, but we didn't mind. Our goal was to go swimming at the "Fish Pond."
Years later, after I had married and moved to Williamstown, someone had the grand idea that the Windsor Lake area should be developed. Then along comes George Fairs, the Chairman of the Recreation Committee, who tirelessly worked to prevent this from happening. There were probably others involved but George Fairs stands out as my hero for saving the Lake.
I'm sure many children and families continue to enjoy the Lake and the surrounding area. Many go to sit by the Lake and enjoy the summer concerts. When I was a child, there was no admission charge. If that has changed, I'm sure it's affordable This past weekend, the camping area was full of concert goers. What a treat it must has been to enjoy the beautiful weather at the Lake on Friday, ending with a moonlit night.
Thank you, George Fairs, and anyone else who worked to keep the Lake available to all.
Priscilla M. Northup