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Community Resource Directory

Volunteer of the Year: Stephanie Gubelin

It’s been four months since the presidential election, and Stephanie Gubelin of Lake Placid still gets animated when she talks about the reasons people gave her for not registering to vote. Gubelin, 71, a slight woman with a gray pixie haircut who favors pink glasses and scarves, first ...

A remaining volunteer fire-rescue squad

WILMINGTON — The men and women who make up the Wilmington Volunteer Fire and Rescue squad are among the last of a dying breed — the volunteer fire department and emergency squads that used to be common in towns and cities across the country, and the North Country. These days there are ...

Volunteers move weekly meals to delivery in pandemic

SARANAC LAKE — Churches have long operated as support systems for their communities in ways that extend far beyond matters of faith. This has become more apparent — and more crucial — during the pandemic, as food insecurity and isolation have hit critical levels. The First United ...

Making masks by the thousands

SARANAC LAKE — A year into the pandemic, it’s sometimes hard to remember that masks were once a scarce commodity. Long before they came in every style, pattern and color imaginable, a group of local volunteer artists and seamstresses banded together to make them from scratch. After her ...

Volunteer of the Year: Aleacia Landon

SARANAC LAKE — Aleacia Landon has dedicated her life to community service and helping others. “I have a vision of the place I would like to be living,” she said. “I want it to be safe for my kids and the kids that I work with. I want it to be beautiful. We’re in an area that ...

Hospital volunteers lend an ‘eager ear’

SARANAC LAKE — In a hospital, if you break a bone, you see an orthopedist. If shrimp suddenly starts giving you hives, you see an allergist. If you suffer from a heart condition, you see a cardiologist. There are all these special practices and professionals to help with any type of ...

Animals appreciate attention from volunteers

SARANAC LAKE — The Tri-Lakes Humane Society is slowly building up its number of regular volunteers. Currently, it has 10 to 15, of all ages. The youngest volunteer, who is accompanied by a parent, is 6 years old. Kids who are 12 years or older are able to come in without parental ...

Snow stewards

TUPPER LAKE — Back in the 1960s, Jim Frenette Sr. followed some Oval Wood Dish company logging trails around the Tupper Lake Golf Course and groomed them into cross-country ski trails. They now bear his name — the James C. Frenette Sr. Recreational Trails. He continued to groom these ...