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CLIFTON PARK: Down by the riverside

"Clifton Park was originally a river town," Kramer said. "The town has made a major effort in preserving various historic pieces of Clifton Park, and I think that utilizing the land along the river enhances the quality of life along the river and honors that history and tradition of picnicking along the Mohawk."

Michael O'Brien, an environmental specialist with the town, has worked on town waterfront projects.

"If you look statewide, there's been a huge push from communities, especially in the western part of the state, toward the riverfront," O'Brien said. "I think that's trickling this way."

Many of the River Days events took place at Riverview Orchards, and the town sold all 200 tickets for the chicken dinner. Prescott said that Riverview Orchards has a good partnership with the town.

"I've always worked with them, especially through Farm Fest for years and years," she said. "We like having the public coming on our farm, we like sharing the land. That's why I keep it."

The idea for River Days came from Roy Speckhard, deputy supervisor and former town board member.

"Roy Speckhard wanted something that the town would be able to do some kind of event that would celebrate the river and would highlight the river," Kramer said. "It was an extremely successful event.""

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