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Good Guys 2011

November 23, 2011 - John Stack
Good Guys Some new and some old on the yearly good guy list. Some are not on the list for the only reason I have not interacted with these people in 2011, but I’m sure are still good guys… First off are Rick, Sue and Ron Miller. Ron, a 24 year vet of the Navy, and best friend from high school, was down to 5% kidney function. His sister Sue stepped up for a transplant, only to be denied at literally the day before the operation. Rick, his brother was deemed ineligible because of high blood pressure. Rick lost weight and completely changed his life and health around – without medication – to be eligible. Ron is doing better than he has in years. Rick should never have to pay for a drink the rest of his life…

Ken and Tricia Fontana, owners of the Blue Moon Café who are standards in this year end review. Dick from Sturdy’s who still finds some way to come to my rescue.

My running buddies – first and foremost Phil Gallo who trained with me and ran stride for stride in an Ultra marathon in October. He’s a great training partner. Sarah Keyes, who is now working with the ‘new’ VIC (along with Brian McDonnell) and put a great series of Wednesday fun runs and less frequent Sunday official races. Nancy Battaglia who just continues to make the list easily. As well as Bill Peer and Wes Wilson – Wes he of the formerly 300 lbs truck driver who has run Ironman the last couple years.Rick and Joanne from AMC Sports med staff for continuing the tradition of the Thursday fun runs. Kenny and Brian – who when talking of one, the other has to be mentioned -the bike store owners who give back to the community so much more than they take. Jay – the race director for the Dannemora Jailbreak trail marathon. What an awesome support you and your crew are!!

Again, everyone in the Hockey Rock group The Zambonis . These guys are great. Dave, Tom, Cary, Jon, Shawn, Mat - they continue to be positive and help me on my way. Carol Vossler of BlueSeed Studios and Thursday Open-minded Mic nights…one of the greatest assets our community has. Keane and Kasey Riley who still have the coolest Rock shop around. Whoever it is that cleans the trails over at Henry’s woods… Those that also put in the new trails, especially the new snowshoe trail up Dewey Mt – which is an awesome trail run. All the board members at Adirondack Habitat for Humanity – what a dedicated bunch who truly want to give back.

Craig,the best friend I’ve had in many years, and insufferable Habs fan (and his wife, the wonderful Terry). Jay Foster – who one minute we can be arguing tax policy and the next rooting on each others kids.

My mom, who is there for me, my brother Bill, and sisters Brij, Jenn and Kath – can’t imagine a life without you guys. I feel sorry for people who don’t have this kind of family support – along with my step mom, Jeannie, we take every opportunity to be together or to just talk. I would not be where I am or who I am without you guys. Darryl Blanchard – an old friend from high school who has bailed me out of problems without complaint for years.

My girlfriend Kathy. I couldn’t have made it without her over the last year. After 25 years of great friendship, I’m glad we are together now.

All my family and friends who have served our country, starting with my nephew Alec – now back from Iraq, plus those no longer in like my uncle Pete, and late uncle John. John, who died suddenly earlier this year, had a tough life. He was a quiet, good kid growing up in Little Falls, about to join the seminary. After Vietnam, (see the movie Honor in the Valley of Tears – that’s his unit) his friends and family said he was never the same again.My grandfather (WW2) and my friends Gary Urich and Ron Miller (above) Lisa Meissner for what she does best. Our local police and fire departments who never get the recognition they deserve. And my dad, who died way too young 10 years ago last week, one of the original good guys.

And of course Peter Crowley continues to support and never edit or censor my writing, but seems to encourage it.

I am sure I have missed many others in this, the greatest small town in America, Saranac Lake NY…


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