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Submitted by:  Robert Stopper, Lyons

Dave Burnham and his crew
When Dave Burnham, owner of Dave Burnham Lawn Service and Snow Plowing, heard that the Lyons Peppermint Days Committee had purchased and donated three (3) flagpoles for the Erie Canal Bank/ Lyons Village dock area, he too wanted to become involved and asked, “How can I and my guys help?” 

Steep slope, hard, packed fill and stones were
no match for these volunteers!
A few days later, David and his crew were indeed helping- they were digging footers for the placement of the flag poles. The hill was steep, and the ground was hard. Rocks and hardened fill wanted to slow up the process, but nothing was about to stop the muscle, brawn, and brute strength of Dave and his crew.  The single man auger required extra helping hands. Several hours later, sweating profusely and standing proudly, they were indeed the winners. The holes were dug and the pouring of concrete was ready to begin….

This was not the first time that Dave volunteered his entire crew and donated time and materials for local community projects. During the past year, Dave’s Lawn Service mowed and trimmed the Lyons Community Center Property.  When the local Youth Baseball season was completed, David continued to mow the area surrounding the baseball field and the parking area adjacent to the Erie Canal. During the past year, his tractors and other machinery assisted frequently in the construction of The Trail of Hope, a Forever Wild Trail for Everyone.

Assisting Dave and his crew (Mike Baron, Clifton Hunt, and Dave Burnham Jr.) were Jack McCranels and Ben Harder, both well-known community volunteers. Thanks gentlemen for your “helping hands” along the Erie Canal at the Lyons Village Dock.In a few days, the flags will be flying!


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2 Comments to "Helping Hands on Erie Canal Bank in Lyons"

  1. Videomark Said,

    Whenever we needed help at the Trail of Hope, Dave was there. Over the past few month he has hauled mulch, loaned us a tractor and a roller. We used the tractor to move over 50 tons of mulch, and another 50 tons of rocks. I don't know what we would have done without his help. All those who are using the trail now should give Dave a big "Thank You." Oh yeah, having spent many hours at the Community Center I would often see Dave mowing the lawns, and they look great!

    Posted on Mon Sep 10, 09:46:00 PM EDT

  2. Seth C. Burgess Said,

    Thanks for contributing to the betterment of your community, Dave Burnham Lawn Service and Snow Plowing!

    Posted on Tue Sep 18, 02:23:00 AM EDT


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