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Annual Good Guys list
December 23, 2009 - John Stack
As I did last year, I am have compiled a list of people who I think are the ‘good guys’. The list contains men and women, young and old, democrat and republican. Some are repeats, some are new. I apologize if I omit deserving people who I have identified before and inexplicably forgot this year. And they are in no particular order.
First on my list is Kenny and Trish Fontana, owners of the Blue Moon Café on Main Street. Just a couple good people, good restaurant, and did you know Kenny used to be on the US Luge team? Bill Peer, who over the last decade has shepherded the SL Fun Runs into what it is today, as well as varsity cross country coach. Today, he has given up these tasks, but still coaches little league baseball in Bloomingdale as well as coaching hockey in the winter. . His wife Linda who has always been one of my kids favorite teachers, and to know her is to know why (also, us Potsdam State class of 89 alums have to stick together). To Rick Preston, Joanne Johnson, AMC Sports Medicine who took over the Fun Runs without missing a beat. Also to all the Fun Run longtime volunteers like Dave Tyldsley, Steve Racette Dr Zaunbrecher and the rest). And to Dave – Good luck with the NCCC cross country team! To Downhill Mike Scheur of the Whiteface Mountain Bike Park, who will do everything to make your experience the best, especially if you are a local. To everyone who worked on the Flume Trails in Wilmington. To Kenny and Brian of Placid Planet and High Peaks Cyclery who keep this area being a prime mountain/road bike/triathlon town.
For Carol Vossler, the force behind BluSeed Studios. For Dick Branch at Sturdy’s Supply who always is more than fair when I need tools and such.
Also for the New Jersey snowboard guys at the LP Pub and Brew this past weekend who taught me how to really drink a ‘Dr Pepper’. For Dave Schneider and the rest of the Zambonis, the best hockey band in the world with the best guys to do it. For Keane and Kasey Riley who run the Rock Shop downtown. If you shop locally, these are 2 guys to give your patronage to.
For Brian and Kelly Batastoni who run the Sunday nite hockey rec league. I haven’t enjoyed something like this since Jim Tucker’s duathlons up at Paul Smiths.
To Johnny Muldowney and the rest of the folks that work selflessly for PAL football as well as modified (this includes Ally and Tammy Pelletieri) . To Phil Pelletieri who was great to coach with this year in SL Youth baseball.
To Angie and the rest of the staff down at Kids R Us daycare/Pre K in Saranac Lake. To Ricky Knapton, who was the Public Access grand poobah for years with Adelphia, and who has been a great source of info on how to work with the public access channel with Time Warner Cable (of which I hope to get a political public access show on in the near future). To my best friend Craig, who still asks ‘Why do I hang around with you Stack?’ yet still does.
The best tool ever made? The Leatherman Blast – which I got from my nephew Alec who is currently serving in the Army in Iraq. The best dessert? Cherry triangles – recently made by my sister Kathy (Alec’s mom) passed on from when my mom made them when we were kids. (PS Kath – they hardly survived the plane ride home uneaten). Finally to my siblings who are the absolute best sisters and brother any outspoken kid from Mohawk NY could ever wish for…
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