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GUEST COMMENTARY: Conni Cross was an amazing woman
March 8, 2019

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When I received word that my good friend and former fellow Lake Placid Beautification Association board member Conni Devlin Cross had passed away, I took a bit of time to reflect on our friendship and the projects we worked on together over the last 25 years.

Conni and I grew up on the same street in Lake Placid. Because she was a half-plus generation older than me, we didn't have much contact until the early 1990s when she approached me to be a part of the founding of the Lake Placid Beautification Association. I'm forever grateful that Conni asked me and that I agreed to join in.

From that time, I learned so much from this amazing woman. Conni was a person who never stopped "doing." No matter what project she was involved with, she gave it everything she had.

I didn't know her very well when she was a kindergarten teacher in Keene Valley, but I imagine those people must be very grateful to have had her as a teacher.

I learned from Conni about giving to the community, about persistence and about gratitude and hard work. She was a champion of any cause she was involved with and she was a beautiful person, inside and out!

Lake Placid owes an enormous amount of gratitude to Conni for her pet project, Lake Placid Beautification Association. If it weren't for her persistence and determination, the organization wouldn't exist. On hot summer days, one could always find her out watering, deadheading, moving, planting and any other task that needed to be done with the flowers around the village. She literally never stopped. Long into twilight one would see her out working her plantings, or talking with residents and business owners to solicit a donation for the cause.

And then in the spring, her pet peeve was holiday greens that were left up too long and were now "browns." (So, make sure you get the 'browns' down!).

I've missed seeing Conni in action the last couple of years as her health was failing, and will forever miss seeing her around town doing what she loved so much. I will miss most our conversations about beautification and Lake Placid's future and our deep love of this little village we call home. I hope that whenever you look at all of the amazing flowers or Christmas greens around Lake Placid, you'll think of Conni and maybe take out your checkbook each year to make a donation to the LPBA in her honor. And if you're able, take some time to volunteer for the cause as well.

I'm so grateful to have known and worked with this amazing woman. My condolences to Ben and Mike and the rest of Conni's wonderful family. RIP, my friend.

(Sue Cameron lives in the town of North Elba.)

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