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Rain fails to dampen spirits at Lake Placid Community Day

Hanna, Daby named 2019 Volunteers of the Year

June 6, 2019
By ANDY FLYNN - Editor ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - Residents packed the Lake Placid Horse Show pavilion Sunday afternoon, June 2, at the North Elba Showgrounds, catching up with friends and learning more about the village's civic organizations during the second annual Lake Placid Community Day and Picnic.

People who live, work or volunteer in Lake Placid were invited to help celebrate this community with music, food, drink, face painting and children's games. Plus, the Lake Placid North Elba Distinguished Volunteers of the Year were announced.

Everybody was talking about the weather - at first hoping it wouldn't rain, then hoping the rain would stop. Most of the outdoor portions - including a musical performance by Big Boss Sausage and Maribyrd - were moved inside. The Northwood School food tent remained outside, as did the New York Ski Educational Foundation children's games.

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Lake Placid’s Andrea Farrell holds her daughter Katie Farrell (20 months old) after getting a plastic fire helmet from the Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department table at the Lake Placid Community Day and Picnic Sunday, June 2 at the North Elba Showgrounds. Asked why they were there, Andrea said, “For face painting, hot dogs and music.”
(News photo — Andy Flynn)

Even the Community Day Planning Committee chair was looking toward the sky.

"We'd like to see a little more cooperation from Mother Nature, but other than that, it's going really well," chair Valerie Abraham-Rogers said during the event. "There's a lot of organizations here, a lot of people. Everybody's having fun."

In all, there were volunteers from 28 organizations promoting their groups, including the Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service, Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department, Garden Club of Lake Placid, Lions Club, Rotary Club, Zonta Club of the Adirondacks, Lake Placid Outing Club, Songs at Mirror Lake, Mirror Lake Watershed Association and Girl Scouts.

Bob Hanna was sitting at the Lake Placid-North Elba Tree Board table, volunteering all afternoon before he was named the 2019 Lake Placid North Elba Distinguished Adult Volunteer of the Year. He's been involved with many organizations since moving to Lake Placid in 1995, including the Shipman Youth Center, Rotary Club and Ironman Lake Placid triathlon. He's been on the Tree Board for about 15 years.

"Ruth Hart recruited me and a guy by the name of Tim Chick," Hanna said. "Tim Chick is actually a forester by education, and I'm not. But the two of us were the chairs of the Tree Board, and we had a lot of fun doing a lot of things, organizing and planting a lot of trees. And we organized every year the Arbor Day ceremony."

At 3:40 p.m., the sun peeked through the rain clouds and the pavilion's windows, and Big Boss Sausage and Maribyrd instinctively began singing "Here Comes the Sun" by The Beatles.

By 4 p.m., the sun came out for good, just in time for speeches by Lake Placid village Mayor Craig Randall and North Elba town Supervisor Roby Politi and the announcing of the adult and teen Volunteer of the Year awards. Stuart Hemsley volunteered as the emcee, and Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism CEO Jim McKenna announced Hanna's award.

"Bob, holy mackerel, what you've accomplished," McKenna said. "Bob Hanna's first involvement with the Lake Placid community was 1995. He has shown an impressive combination of leadership, significant teamwork and individual work."

Olympic Center General Manager Terry Buczkowski introduced Lake Placid High School senior Maeve Daby as the 2019 Lake Placid North Elba Distinguished Teen Volunteer of the Year. She is the daughter of Heidi and Kimball Daby.

"Maeve is a three-sport athlete, playing basketball, softball and soccer. Let me see if we can get a hockey stick together," Buczkowski said. "She also serves as an assistant coach for the Youth Soccer Program."

During her time at the high school, she's completed more than 400 hours of community service.

"The students, might I remind you, are only required to complete 40 hours in order to graduate," Buczkowski said.

There is a long list of organizations where Daby has volunteered, including the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, Ironman Lake Placid and Ironman 70.3, I Love BBQ and Music Festival, North Elba food delivery, Lions Club children's Christmas party, Lake Placid Marathon and Half, Ragnar race, Youth Soccer play day and Double H Ranch.

"And for her end-of-the-school project, Maeve organized a Thanksgiving dinner at Greenwood Apartments, a project that was incredibly meaningful to her and greatly appreciated by the residents," Buczkowski said.

Daby was recently recognized by the Adirondack Daily Enterprise as one of 10 Rising Stars - Tri-Lakes area residents under 30 years of age who are seen as the next generation of community leaders.

"Volunteering in this community is something that I truly enjoy and hope to continue throughout my young adult life," Daby said. "I hope that my community service is an inspiration for others who will selflessly serve their community as I do."

Organizing the Lake Placid Community Day took a lot of work, and the following people are on the event's Planning Committee: Valerie Abraham-Rogers, Jill Cardinale, Mavis Agnew, Macie Huwiler, Bethany Valenze, Martha Spear, Catherine Ericson, Denise Bujold, Bill Billerman, Jay Rand, Danielle LaCavalla, Tim Robinson, Margaret Murphy, Sue Cameron and Karen Armstrong.

Major event sponsors for Lake Placid Community Day were the Ironman Foundation, Lake Placid Lions Club, state Olympic Regional Development Authority, ROOST, Rotary Club of Lake Placid, Sodexo of Northwood School, Summit Lacrosse Ventures and the town of North Elba. Dozens of local businesses and organizations donated items for the volunteer award baskets, prizes for the trivia contest, decorations, beverages for the bar, free lunch and dessert, and additional support.



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