Outdoor enthusiasts turn out in support of Rogers Center

SHERBURNE Ė The 33rd annual Winter Living Celebration at Rogers Environmental Education Center in Sherburne was greeted with good weather Sunday as more than a thousand came in a show of support to keep the center from closing.

The celebration was sponsored by the non-profit group, The Friends of Rogers Inc. and organized by the centerís Department of Environmental Conservation staff, whose jobs will be eliminated by Dec. 31 as part of Governor David Patersonís plan to save $250 million by laying off 898 state workers.

The event was rescheduled from its regular January date after organizers were informed in November by the DEC that the centerís buildings and public facilities would be shuttered at the end of the year.

Rogers Director Marsha Guzewich, whose position is also being cut, said the notice came as a shock to those working there.

This weekendís celebration, which has been a three-decade tradition, became a final opportunity for supporters to bid Rogers one last farewell. It was the centerís last scheduled event of the year, and may be the last one ever.

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