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Local cadets lend a hand at Pointe des Chenes (photo)

Saturday, May 17, 2014   by: Kenneth Armstrong

The snow has mostly melted at the Pointe des Chenes RV Park and Campground, which is operated by the Sault Ste. Marie Lions Club, but the cleanup is just getting started.

The 2310 Army Cadets from Sault Ste. Marie have been cleaning up the campground in late April or early May for about the last 20 years, but this year was an exception.

“Usually we do it a little earlier in the year, but it has been a little damp this year,” said commanding officer Kevin Boissineau.

Seven cadets and two officers were on-site Saturday raking leaves on site plots as well as beside roads.

Although there aren’t as many campers on-site as he would expect for the Victoria Day weekend, it is hard to keep the die hards away, says park manager Chuck Frenette.

Some sites are still flooded, but every day the park is getting drier and Avery Construction donated gravel and the use of equipment to prepare sites, said Frenette.

“We’re getting a ton of work done out here. It’s been a late, late winter for everybody.,“ said Frenette.

Frenette appreciates the volunteer work done by the cadets, noting that every dollar saved on labour costs can go toward Lions Club causes.

The volunteer work the cadets do can also count toward their mandatory 40 hours of community service that they require to graduate high school.

For camper Mike Hill, who has been camping with his family at Pointe des Chenes for 17 years, a rainy day camping is better than any day at home.

“In 17 years I have never seen it this wet,” said Hill, having done extensive work preparing his own site before setting up his trailer for the summer.

(PHOTO: Private Nicholas Lindsay and Cadet Quentin Jones remove leaves from a campsite at Point des Chenes Park and Campground May 17, 2014. Armstrong)

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dirk 5/17/2014 8:11:48 PM Report

Awesome job fellas....Thankyou

Just kinda wondering why our inmates cant lend a helping hand in some spring cleaning....maybe too busy watching satalite tv or checkin their facebook .
Just sayin ;-(
phantom 5/17/2014 8:28:11 PM Report

Yes great job by the cadets. Nice to see some young people with pride in their community. And totally agree that the inmates, sucking down 3 squares a day,in a warm bed and watching t.v. can't be put to work!
KBO 5/17/2014 8:50:44 PM Report

Fine job 2310, you are a credit to your community.
Resident 5/17/2014 9:53:54 PM Report

My understanding is that minimum security inmates can be eligible for "work crews" but have to have a correctional officer with them. With the top heavy bureaucratic nature of almost any business/corporation/service these days there are not enough line staff to do anything beyond the necessities. That seems to include corrections.
AlwaysAWinner 5/17/2014 10:29:30 PM Report

if you heard convicts were out cleaning yards, you'd be whining about them risking running away or hurting others

just appreciate the good news, jesus christ.
joca 5/18/2014 9:28:51 AM Report

kudo's to these fine young men. Great job.
soogirl91 5/19/2014 12:27:59 PM Report

WOW... all you people want to start hearing good news and when you get it, you complain that it isn't good enough.
The people who camp out there all season long store their trailers there for the winter.. My guess is all of you suggesting the inmates help out there have never purchased a trailer in your lives. They are quite expensive and as someone who has camped there for most of my life I DO NOT want an inmate to have any kind of access to any of my things. Clearly none of you camp there or you wouldn't be suggesting that. there is no way to over see what the inmates are doing, the camp ground is large and it is quite easy to sneak away.
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