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Annual Good Guy list

November 24, 2010 - John Stack
A friend of mine from near Princeton in New Jersey was telling me that store clerks down there will ask ‘Can I help you’ and the like. None of them show you the tricks their dogs can do such as owner Dan Sporn was doing when she visited. Ken and Tricia Fontana, owners of the Blue Moon Café who continue to push more and more for the best diner in town while working tons of hours but still retain their sunny dispositions and likeability. Dick from Sturdy’s who still finds way to save me on my tool and small engine problems. For Adam Harris, he of Grizle Ts and trying to make a go of it at Baracho taco also. Bill Peer – who, although he no longer spends the incredible time he used to coaching the cross country team and running the summer fun run series (to spend more time with his kids) is still a great guy who coaches way too much hockey and is an awesome teacher and role model at Bloomingdale school (you had to see him at Halloween at the school!). Nancy Battaglia who continues to be everyone’s favorite freelance photographer but who is also beyond that a great person and a good friend.

Everyone in the Hockey Rock group The Zambonis (including Matt ’Monkey’ Gonzales). To a person they are the most down to earth good guys you will ever meet who are nationally reknowned band members – with special notice to Dave Schneider who is the guiding force behind the band, and Tom Andrukevich who is one of the coolest guys and most hospitable people you can ever wish to meet.

Ricky and Kathy Knapton. Rick because he is very helpful and supportive of my crazy public access adventures, and his wife because I just like her. In that vein, Carol Vossler who seems to be a permanent member here because of her drive and ambition and greatness that makes BlueSeed Studios one of the greatest assets our community has.

Craig, my insufferable Habs hockey friend for always being there, and for always being an uncompromising friend to me. Jay Foster – who while going thru his own divorce was always there for a good rant or venting session without ever judging or being self obsessed with his problems. Jill for being there as a long lost friend and confidant. Lisa, Sherrie, Paula, Pattie,and the rest of my longtime friends and extended family who I see little, but you have been there for me in my times of stress and frustration.

My mom, who justs wants to be there for The Chosen One, my brother Bill who has ably taken over the mantle as patriarch of the family, Bridget who has always been there for me and always has a voice or silence when I need it, as well as my other sisters Jenn and Kathy who also are always great and there for me even as they go thru struggles of their own.

John Six for putting up with me the last couple months. The Riley brothers who have the coolest Rock shop around. Kenny and Brian the bike store owners who make our area a mecca for biking and triathlons. Rick Preston and the AMC Sports med staff for putting on the fun runs. The Battastonis for putting on the winter hockey rec league. Angie, Colleen, Tanya and the rest of the gang at Kids R Us.

All my family and friends who have served our country, starting with my nephew currently in Iraq, plus those no longer in like my uncles Joe, Pete and John (Vietnam) my grandfather (WW2) and my friend Gary and Ron, who retired with 24 years in the Navy last year. Officer Jimmy Law who also spent time in Iraq as well as all other locals who have been or are serving our country today. My friend Phil who never lets a moment of quiet pass when we go running. Lisa Meissner for what she does best. Our local police and fire departments who never get the recognition they deserve. And to Kathy for showing me the light. And my dad, who died way too young 9 years ago, one of the original good guys.

And of course Peter Crowley who not only lets me put all my wacky ideas on his newspaper page, but encourages it.

Of course, living in the greatest town in the world there are many others I must have missed. To you, thanks. And I give thanks this year for all that life has given me and the great feeling of family and community Saranac Lake has given me over the last 10 plus years. I hope again that everyone reading has a list even longer than mine here.


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