To the editor:
On behalf of an extremely dedicated group of volunteers, I need to respond to a comment by Gail Brill published in the July 10 issue of the Adirondack Daily Enterprise. She suggests that the Adirondack Ambassador program become a feature of the Ice Palace during Winter Carnival.
In fact, something very similar was a feature during the 2012 carnival, though not by that name, and is being expanded in 2013.
A group of volunteers led by Caperton Tissot, Lee Foster and Robin Johnson could be found at the Ice Palace day and night, wearing bright red Winter Carnival jackets throughout the 2012 carnival. They answered questions ranging from, "Where can I find a bathroom?" to, "How do they build it?" ... questions about the palace, the schedule, where to find our headquarters or something to eat - virtually everything you can imagine, whether intelligent or inane - with patience and courtesy.
They did not call themselves Adirondack Ambassadors - sorry, we did not think of such a catchy name - but that is what they were.
Next time someone makes a suggestion about something Winter Carnival "should do" - I would rather they brought it to the committee than proposing it at a village board meeting or in conversations with the media. We are pretty easy to contact and welcome all suggestions.
Again, these volunteers spent long hours in the cold - it would be nice if they had been noticed and appreciated.
Jeff Dickson, chairman
Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee