To the editor:
With the summer season behind us, the Village Improvement Society of Saranac Lake would like to extend sincerest thanks and gratitude to our community - business owners, service providers, residents and visitors alike - for volunteer labor, donations of goods and services, and for recent annual appeal contributions supporting our mission to preserve and enhance the natural beauty of our Saranac Lake community.
We would especially like to recognize the following groups, businesses and individuals for their assistance: Kiwanis Club of Saranac Lake's Aktion Club members for assisting with the distribution and collection of VIS donation jars, as well as the following businesses for allowing us to place a jar on their counters: Adirondack Trading Co., Ampersound, Blue Line Sports Shop, Blue Moon Cafe, the Community Store, Dunkin' Donuts, Eco Living, T.F. Finnigan, Fusion Market, J.C. Penney, Pink, Major Plowshares, Post Office Pharmacy, Rice Furniture, Romano's Saranac Lanes, Saranac Lake Discount Liquors, Two Horse Trading Co. and Willy Nilly; the Village of Saranac Lake for watering the flower baskets and barrels downtown during July and August; Tim Fortune, Mark Coleman and Dave Bombard for assistance with watering flower barrels; Paul Smith's College arboriculture students for their work in Sunset Park this past spring cutting down and pruning trees; Will Ellsworth and his students from Saranac Lake High School for doing spring cleanup work in Denny Park and Sunset Park; Bill Madden for his many years of transporting the flower barrels; David Chapin and Lee Foster for the use of their flatbed trailers; Jeremy Evans, Mark Weller and Sturdy Supply for assisting with hanging and removal of hanging baskets; Bob Bayruns at Coakley Ace Hardware for donation of mulch for VIS parks; Roger Pratt and crew for gratis mowing in two VIS parks and tree trimming in Triangle Park; Post Office Pharmacy, NBT Bank, Borracho Taco and the Saranac Lake Free Library for access to water for flowers and new sod in Vest Pocket Park; Nancy Murphy for a special donation allowing the refurbishing of the benches in Vest Pocket Park; Sarah Granquist and Dave Siegrist for tending the Route 3 welcome sign; Hannah O'Connor for tending the Turtle Pond welcome sign; Natalie Leduc for planting and caring for the flowers in the receptacle at Mount Pisgah; Lisa Paschke and Genevieve Guerrette for helping with park plantings; Chris Alcocer for supplying evergreens for the winter season; Lonnie Ford and Kathy Steinbrueck for planting daffodil bulbs in Triangle Park and at the Adirondack Carousel; the St. Armand Highway Department for removing accumulated sand in Pine Street parking spaces by Triangle Park; and all those who planted and maintained lawns, gardens and flowers throughout the community for the benefit of all.
VIS is also very grateful to Adirondack Artist Guild members for their amazing contributions of original art and proceeds from the "Arts and Flowers" benefit exhibit sale and auction this past February, Nori's Village Market for their generous contribution from their Second Sunday Donation Day in May, and Scott's Florist for their ongoing assistance and gardening advice.
With sincere appreciation,
Ellen George, president
On behalf of the VIS Board of Directors