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Saranac Lake’s Walk of Fame to add NFL team

July 13, 2017
Lake Placid News

SARANAC LAKE - The National Football League's Philadelphia Eagles will soon have its place in the village's history solidified with its own plaque on the downtown Walk of Fame.

The bronze plaque will be presented upon the Grant Building, formerly the "Thompson Building," located at 43 Broadway at 5:30 p.m. July 13.

The Eagles held their permanent training camp in Saranac Lake during the late 1940s and stayed in a large residence on Lake Street named "The Eagles Nest." This building was owned by Alexis Thompson, who also owned the Eagles franchise and the Thompson Building on Broadway where the Eagles plaque will be mounted.

Mr. Jon Ferrari, an officer in the Philadelphia Eagles organization, will represent the team at the unveiling.

Mayor Clyde Rabideau offered his thanks to Mr. Ferrari and the Eagles organization for participating in the event, saying, "Our village is honored and appreciative for the interest of the Eagles in our local history."

Rabideau also offered gratitude to Rob Grant, current owner of the former Thompson Building.

"Rob was very excited about his building becoming part of the Walk of Fame and honoring the contributions of Mr. Thompson and the Eagles to our community," Rabideau said.

The public is invited to attend the plaque unveiling and participate with any stories or mementos one may have about the Eagles stay in the village. An informal gathering will be held afterwards at nearby Bitters and Bones.

The Saranac Lake Walk of Fame was initiated in 2010 to honor "residents or former residents that have distinguished themselves positively on a national or international level in the arts, sciences, entertainment, sports, commerce, philanthropy and government."

One other NFL franchise team, the New York Giants, will also have a future plaque in the Walk of Fame as it, too, trained in Saranac Lake after the Philadelphia Eagles.

The New York Rangers also used this village for a training camp.

Other plaques unveiled since 2010 include the names of Billy Demong, E.L. Trudeau. Garry Trudeau, Rene Joyeuse, Albert Einstein, Robert Louis Stevenson, Christy Mathewson, Larry Doyle, Herb Clark and Bela Bartok.

Underwriting opportunities are available for purchasing plaques for the remaining members of the Walk of Fame by contacting the Office of Mayor at 518-891-4150.



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