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Carless to leave post at youth center

SARANAC LAKE - The Saranac Lake Youth Center Board of Directors announced Friday that Executive Director Elizabeth Carless will be leaving the organization for a new job in Lake Placid.

Board President Doug Zobel said Carless sent a resignation letter to the board via email, effective July 30. She'll take a job at AdWorkshop in Lake Placid, which Zobel says is more in line with her background and experience.

Zobel says Carless was a proactive leader for the youth center, and an asset that will be missed.

"She's done a fantastic job," he said. "She was super organized, super motivated, she was very good in all aspects. She was wonderful with the kids; she was wonderful from the business end as far as being proactive about getting out into the community, getting the center well-known, getting ads onto the radio and into the newspaper. She was a huge, huge asset for the youth center in the time that she was here."

Carless could not be reached for comment. Zobel said the board has placed an advertisement in the paper to rehire for the position.

"It sort of leaves us a little bit up in the air because traditionally it's been a hard position to fill and keep filled," he said.

In the mean time, Zobel said the board will work together to fulfill the executive director's duties for the youth center.

"We sort of have a dwindling board right now," he said. "We have maybe six core members, and last year when we were looking for an interim director before we found Elizabeth, we all took turns patching in keeping the center open when we were each available."

Carless was hugely popular with the youth at the center, and is widely credited with fixing the center's image with the community and making the youth center a safe place for kids to hang out.

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