Tucked inside Friday's Enterprise and this week's Lake Placid News is our Community Resource Guide, an annual service of our papers. Please be sure to pick up a copy; we feel strongly that this guide is valuable for anyone who cares about any or all of the Tri-Lakes communities.
As in recent years, the guide has three main functions:
1. It celebrates a Tri-Lakes Volunteer of the Year, chosen by our news staff from nominations submitted by readers. This year we are proud to announce that Dmitry Feld of Lake Placid is the winner.
You don't even have to know Lake Placid very well to know that Mr. Feld is a man with a huge heart, a groundswell of optimism and a quick readiness for action. In other words, he feels problems, believes he can make a difference and does so. Whether it's collecting toothbrushes for Iraqi children, founding a giant barbecue festival to benefit a youth center or e-mailing everyone he knows to collect words of encouragement to send to Japanese people devastated by this week's earthquake and tsunami - Dmitry's all over it. We have known him for a long time, but even those whom he's just met get his hearty salutation of "my friend!"
You'll find Nathan Brown's story about Dmitry's life and service in the Community Resource Guide.
2. Another important aspect of this guide is its feature stories that spotlight remarkable local volunteer efforts. This year especially, we have some extraordinary ones. Pay particular attention to a report on the incredible amount of work and service going on at Family Champions of Tupper Lake, as documented by Enterprise reporter Jessica Collier. It doesn't matter whether you're from Tupper or not; the scale of what Family Champions is doing is amazing.
Right there with it is the wonderful, deeply committed work of the Lake Placid Ecumenical Charity Program, which Eric Voorhis of the Lake Placid News reports on in depth.
On a different note from helping the poor, there's helping the sick and injured - for free. Saranac Lake just got its first paid emergency medical technician, but it is still having to rely on the volunteer EMTs it relied on totally until quite recently. Reporter Chris Knight interviewed a couple of these volunteers and wrote about why they go through all that training just to leave their paying jobs when their emergency radios go off.
3. After you've read the articles, what makes the Community Resource Guide different is its extensive listings of local resources of all kinds: churches, clubs, food pantries, government, health care, insurance, etc., etc., etc. Such a directory makes this guide worth keeping beside your home and work phones at all times.
If you miss the Community Resource Guide in the paper, you can find one anytime at the Enterprise office at 54 Broadway, Saranac Lake or the Lake Placid News office at 6179 Sentinel Road, Lake Placid.
We are happy to offer this useful service to the communities we love to call home.