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DAVID LE/Staff Photo Sheila Allicon of Derry gathers trash near a sign reading, “Keep Beaver Lake Clean,” in a neighborhood effort to clean up the area Saturday.

DERRY — Those who love the lake were out in force, keeping its water clean.

Volunteers and residents who call the area around Beaver Lake home came out last weekend for a fall cleanup effort, hosted by the Beaver Lake Improvement Association.

Dozens of volunteers who call the lake home year-round, or by season, pulled on gloves and grabbed trash bags to clean up around the water's edge.

According to longtime lake resident and volunteer Ben Hamblett, things are in good shape.

"It was much better than the first couple of years we did it," he said.

Hamblett and his wife, Mary, have lived in a Beaver Lake Avenue log cabin for about 13 years. The land where the home sits has been in Hamblett's family since the early 1900s.

"And when we got ready to retire, we built our log house on the lake," he said.

Hamblett credits the Beaver Lake Improvement Association for its efforts all year long to monitor the lake's water quality and make sure the big pond remains healthy for everyone to enjoy.

"The association has done a lot to keep it at its best," he said.

Last weekend's cleanup was one of several events hosted by the association throughout the year.

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