LAKE PLACID Hockey coach Bill Beaney, actor and writer John (Jack) Kendrick, and artist Helyn (Rusty) Hovey McKenna have been voted this years class into the Lake Placid Hall of Fame.
The 24th annual induction dinner and ceremony will be held Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Comfort Inn Banquet Room in Lake Placid.
Since its establishment by the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) in 1983, the Lake Placid Hall of Fame has inducted 109 individuals as well as the members of the 1948 U.S. Olympic Four-Man Bobsled Team and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team.
Permanent plaques commemorating each member are on display in the Olympic Centers Hall of Fame Room. The nine-member volunteer selection committee makes selections to the Hall of Fame.
To be considered for membership, individuals should be past or current residents of the Olympic Region, or have some significant connection to the area. Nominees must have made significant sports, cultural, or civic contributions to the Olympic Region, or their endeavors must have enhanced the historical heritage of the area. In addition to their sports accomplishments, athletes must also have made meaningful contributions to society improving the quality of life or the fellowship of man in the Olympic Region.
Members of this years committee are Jeanne Ashworth, Ron Butler, Connie Bonsignore, Liz DeFazio, Ken Jubin, Barbara Kelly, Doug Lansing, Howard Riley, Keela Rogers and Favor J. Smith.
A native of Lake Placid and graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Bill has spent most of his life playing and coaching hockey. He started his teaching and coaching career at Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans, VT, and moved after three years to the collegiate level, coaching at New England College. He then returned to his alma mater for two years as an assistant to legendary hockey coach Charlie Holt.