SARANAC LAKE The sister cities of Saranac Lake and Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec, renewed their ties on Sept. 29 when Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sylvie Nelson presented the Village of Saranac Lake flag to Mayor Laurent Paquette.
This flag was prepared by Saranac Lake to underline the links between the two towns based on their similarities and their parallel histories. These include their locations on the shores of major lakes, their accessibility to year-round sports and recreational facilities, their early histories as playgrounds for wealthy industrialists, and, of course, their crucial roles in the treatment of tuberculosis. Additionally, both communities are twinned with different towns in France.
The flag illustrates the friendship between Saranac Lake and both its Sister Cities, Sainte-Agathe in the Laurentians and Entrains-sur-Nohain, France. Lagny sur Marne is the other town partnered with Sainte-Agathe.
Present at the ceremony, in addition to Ms. Nelson and Mayor Paquette, were Daniel Desjardins, executive director of the Sainte-Agathe chamber of commerce, Joseph Graham and Sheila Eskenazi, who first established the links between the two towns, and Renee Lozoff, a teacher at Sainte-Agathe Academy, which has organized many student trips to the Adirondacks. It is anticipated that continuing to forge cultural and other friendly exchanges will benefit the populations of both towns.