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Community Day was a wonderful new event

May 25, 2018
Editorial , Lake Placid News

We can't say enough good things about the first-ever Lake Placid Community Day, which was held Sunday, May 20 at the North Elba Show Grounds. It was a great start to what we hope will be an annual celebration of this community, which includes the town of North Elba.

The event was designed to celebrate the people who love, work and volunteer here. And it delivered on that promise. We only hope more groups, residents, employees and volunteers show up next year. We're not saying there wasn't a good turnout, because there were plenty of people and nonprofit organizations there. But we know there are a lot more people, and a few more organizations, that did not show up.

This event is one the Lake Placid News staff would not miss. Editor Andy Flynn and Staff Writer Griffin Kelly - as you see on the pages of this week's issue - were there to cover Community Day. But we were also there to mingle with the crowd, say hello to friends and represent the hometown's newspaper, which was founded 113 years ago and is still committed to serving Lake Placid and the rest of the Olympic Region's communities.

Over and over on Sunday we heard our own mission repeated through the passion of our residents and volunteers. Several years ago, we wrote this as our goal:

"Everything we do, we believe in celebrating the people who make the Olympic Region one of the best places to live and visit on Earth. We do this by telling stories about the residents and visitors - their achievements, news, activities, opinions, special events, social issues, etc."

Yes, we cover the news, the village, town and school boards, but to us it is all about the people. Many visitors - and residents of surrounding communities - don't realize that there is a dedicated group of citizens here that make this place such a wonderful destination, for living, working and visiting. They only see this as a resort.

Yet, without volunteers, we could not host the international sports events that make us an integral part of the Olympic movement. Without volunteers, our community would not be able to serve families who need a little help now and then, as far as food and clothing. Without volunteers, our community would not be able to help children develop into productive members of our society.

Without volunteers, there would be no Lake Placid community.

The Lake Placid Community Day was a perfect time to celebrate volunteers, and we're proud to congratulate 99-year-old Ruth Hart and Lake Placid High?School senior Olivia Sawyer on their Distinguished Volunteer of the Year Awards. Well done!

Also, thanks to the members of volunteer of the year committee and the Community Day committee for putting on this picnic. We can't wait for next year's event.

 
 

 

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