A granddaughter's Lake Placid wedding in mid-June provided the setting for an advance celebration of Art and Norma Niederbuhl's 62nd wedding anniversary. In attendance were their six children: John, Claire, Artie, Casey, David, and Margaret, with their families and significant others; 15 of their 20 grandchildren; and two of their soon-to-be 10 great-grandchildren.
Over the years, the out-of-town families have made frequent trips home and are always treated to warm Adirondack hospitality, together with a generous dose of brownies, chocolate chip cookies, pies and, of course, laughter. All made possible because two people made a choice to provide a warm, loving, active and educated environment for their family.
Norma had completed her degree at the College of Mount St. Vincent and decided that Art was more important than a job with General Electric in New York. When he asked, she said yes. The lifelong Adirondackers and high school sweethearts were married on July 5, 1948.
The newlyweds moved to Hanover, New Hampshire so Art could finish up his graduate studies at Dartmouth. After that, they made their home in Bloomingdale where they owned and operated Norman's Wholesale Grocery Co. and General Store while raising their six children, until turning over the current retail business to their son, Artie.
While Art continues to support Artie at the store, greeting customers, assisting visitors and keeping up-to-date with the informal daily coffee club, Norma has been kept busy designing custom jewelry, much in demand, for the women of the family. In recent years, she has created all the key pieces for her granddaughters' weddings.
Art and Norma can be found most Thursday and Friday afternoons at the bridge tables of Lake Placid's Greenwood or Will Rogers in Saranac Lake.