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Being Mayor for a Day

LAKE PLACID For a day this week, the fate of the village of Lake Placid was in the hands of its youth.

Third grader Melissa Rath, sixth grader Jimmy Gearsbeck and sixth grader Alexis Megliore took a walk in Lake Placid Mayor Jamie Rogers shoes for a day on Tuesday. Wearing Mayor for the Day hats, students toured the village, learning about local government.

Being mayor isnt an easy job, said Gearsbeck.

The students won the honorary positions in an auction at the Lake Placid school carnival. Jamie Rogers, wearing a Not Mayor cap, showed the students the community.

Rogers focused on discussing the responsibilities of mayor: providing services for the community without raising taxes. By the end of the day, students were able to discuss the need for water conservation, park improvements and energy savings knowledgeably.

Todays been great its been like a vacation, said Rogers.

For their first act, the students announced the winners of the trolley-naming contest at the elementary. The four trolleys were named Gracie, Tinkerbell, Lollipop and Harold.

The students visited the water and sewer systems, met with different department heads, discussed environmental issues, and ended with parks and recreation planning.

The group also met North Elba Supervisor Shirley Seney, who served as Lake Placids first female mayor. Megliore pointed out that there have now been three female mayors, including herself and Rath.

The honorary mayors also wrote Rogers a ticket for not wearing a seat belt with the village polices new ticket system. The ticket was the first issued (but will be voided) as a test run.

At the end of the day, the trio met with grant writer Angel Granger to discuss the future of the parks of Lake Placid. Students discussed equipment for Hillcrest and McKinley Parks, offering their opinions on what was needed for the playgrounds.

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