Alex Schmitt, Eagle Scout candidate, and members of Lewiston Boy Scout Troop 855 descended upon Joseph Davis State Park on Saturday, April 28, to perform trail enhancement and remediation on the some two miles of trails leading back to the fishing and recreational areas known as East Lakes. The work was part of Schmitt's Eagle Scout project and one that's also dear to his heart. "We never even knew about the lakes as the trails were in rough shape with low spots and overgrown with brush in some spots", stated Schmitt. "I think Lewiston has a great opportunity with the recent developments at Joseph Davis, and I wanted to help the town and Mr. Reiter accomplish its goals as well as help the environment." The trails lead to two of the least known and best bass fishing lakes in the area. Schmitt encourages anyone who fishes there to practice catch and release, and also not to leave garbage behind when they depart. Wood chips were provided by Supervisor Steve Reiter and the Town of Lewiston along with help from the town's Highway Department as well as National Grid.
Next month, a second Eagle Scout candidate, Jonah Laurich, is planning his own project to enhance the fishing areas themselves along the lakes as well as place picnic tables and garbage receptacles in these areas.
In the photo, Schmitt is shown in the lower front, fifth from the left, next to Reiter.