Two ways to celebrate Lake Placid in May
May 11, 2018


There are two ways people who love the village of Lake Placid can celebrate this community in May: first by helping clean up the sidewalks, streets and parks on Saturday, May 12; and second by attending a free party at the North Elba Show Grounds on Sunday, May 20.

Even though the village has held the annual Lake Placid Clean Up Day for the past 56 years, it has much deeper roots, one with a national call to action.

One hundred years ago - in the May 3, 1918 issue of the Lake Placid News - we printed a letter to Lake Placid residents from village President F.S. Leonard, who reported that the village board had designated May 9-10 as "clean up days." He urged every citizen to participate in the annual "clean-up" campaign in order to make Lake Placid "the cleanest, healthiest and most attractive town in the Adirondack mountains."

Village teams were ready to take away residents' garbage, other than ashes, leaves, brush, trees or lawn rakings. The garbage was to be put in barrels or boxes and left by the roadside.

Today's Lake Placid Clean Up Day is much different. Village crews will not be picking up your garbage by the side of the road. Instead, volunteers need to register on the waterfront side of the Mirror Lake Beach House on Parkside Drive at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 12 so they can be assigned a street or region of the village to clean up. There will be a scavenger hunt, and three lucky winners will receive prizes for finding the golden eggs hidden about town.

As coordinators Andrea Grout and Tricia Garrett said in a letter to the editor in last week's News, "This is a perfect way to give back and show your appreciation and dedication to keeping the Lake Placid community looking its best."

Once that is done, we're excited about a new event - one that is long overdue -?the first-ever Lake Placid Community Day on Sunday, May 20. From 1 to 5 p.m., everyone who lives in, works in or volunteers in the village of Lake Placid is invited to celebrate the Olympic Village with an old-fashioned picnic at the North Elba Show Grounds. There will be live local music, children's games, food and drink. And yes, it is free.

Organizers are inviting local organizations to set up and showcase themselves and sign up volunteers. They will also be presenting the Distinguished Volunteer of the Year awards.

This is a joint initiative of the Lake Placid/North Elba Community Development Commission and the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism. The event is designed to?celebrate the community and all the hard work that goes into maintaining its legacy; foster the volunteer spirit that we pass on to future generations; provide exposure for our service and nonprofit organizations; welcome new people to our community, providing an easy introduction to the many opportunities there are to participate in the life here; and celebrate the people who make this community so great.


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