Chamber names Hotaling Citizen of the Year

SARANAC LAKE The Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce named Mary Hotaling Citizen of the Year Tuesday, June 3 during its 87th Annual Meeting. Established in 1975, this award honors an area resident who has made a significant and sustained contribution to the quality of life in Saranac Lake. Hotaling was nominated by Mark Kurtz, and was approved by former recipients of this prestigious award during a luncheon hosted by the Chamber at Blue Moon Caf_ay 21. Mary Hotaling is the perfect example of what the Citizen of the Year award is all about, said Sylvie Nelson, the chambers executive director. Her life has been dedicated to preserving the history of Saranac Lake and her accomplishments are not only numerous but very important to our community. Hotalings involvement with Historic Saranac Lake can be traced back to its founding in 1978. According to Nelson, the organization would not be the same without her commitment, both on the personal and professional level. Hotaling was also instrumental in garnering the Dozen Distinctive Destinations from the National Heritage Foundation for 2006. She also played an important role ten years ago by having the train station refurbished. The Chamber also presented two other awards: The Volunteer of the Year and the Business of the Year awards. These awards recognized Barbara Wells for her contributions to the Chamber, including her involvement with the Events Committee. She is instrumental in coordinating ribbon cutting events at area businesses and has taken the leadership in organizing the Community Window at the Hotel Saranac. Through her efforts, the Chamber has been able to better reach out to our business community. The Chamber chose Adirondack Medical Center as its Business of the Year recipient for its important role in making Saranac Lake the service center and heart of the business community in the Adirondack Park. Having quality health care is a priority for any community as it plays a significant role in the quality of life of its residents and is an issue important to people wanting to relocate to an area such as the Tri-Lakes, said Nelson. We are very fortunate to have a state-of-the-art health care facility in a small, rural area such as ours. AMC plays a crucial economic role by providing 830 people with good-paying jobs that inject more than $51 million annually in our local economy. Additionally, they contribute another $38 million through its purchasing power, making it one of the most important economic players in the AdirondackPark. The Hospital offers patient care in the following specialties: anesthesiology, cardiology, family medicine, gastroenterology, general surgery, hematology, oncology, otolaryngology, internal medicine, medical imaging (radiology), nephrology, neurology, obstetrics/gynecology, ophthalmology, orthopedic surgery, pathology, pediatrics, pulmonary medicine, rheumatology, urology and psychiatry. Accepting the award was AMC President and CEO, Chandler Ralph. During the dinner, the Chamber also presented local businesses with its Precious Mettle Award, which highlights businesses who have updated and/or upgraded their facilities in the past year. Recipients of the honor were: Ampersand Bay Resort and Boat Club, Bling, Blue Line Sports, Hotel Saranac and Hulberts Tri-Lake Supply. For more information, please contact the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at 518-891-1990 or by e-mail at info@saranaclake.com

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