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Dozens of families gather for Silver Bay's 'Community Day'

Kristen Trombley, who grew up in Ticonderoga, was among those enjoying the picnic-style banquet prepared for the occasion.

She said she was enjoying not only the ambiance and activities at Silver Bay, but the sounds of the band. John Brady, the father of Trombley's companion Steve Brady, was among the musicians performing.

"The food is good, the activities are fun, the music is great, and the location is gorgeous," she said. "It's so beautiful here."

Nearby, Silver Bay Trustee Ray Valade, a part-year Hague resident, watched people socializing.

"This celebration is just perfect," he said. "The community is a big part of Silver Bay."

Carolyn Close, Silver Bay program director, was among those socializing and smiling.

"It's fun for us to open up Silver Bay to a wider community of people and have them experience all we have to offer," she said, noting that Silver Bay's local outreach included day camps and after-school programs for area youth.

New Silver Bay CEO David Kisselback said the community event was well-attended.

"It's a great opportunity to bring people onto the campus and enjoy the anniversary celebration of the auditorium," he said.

Silver Bay strong despite recession

During an annual meeting of the Silver Bay Association held after the barbecue, Valade reported that the organization's income had increased 2 percent in 2008 despite a challenging year. Although the Association's invested endowment assets shrank by 25 percent during the U.S. economic slump, he said, the decline was far better than the average loss in value of 37 percent in U.S. stocks. The endowment, however, has rebounded by 11 percent since January, Valade said.

Valade also praised the generosity of individual donors whose support in 2008 totalled $1,364,000, reflecting a $170,000 increase from 2007.

Silver Bay Trustee Jane Ingrey introduced Kisselback, who began his job Aug. 1. She characterized him as passionate, dedicated, hard-working, and possessing a desire for excellence. She and others said he had already maximized revenue and cut expenses and launched a program of facility upgrades and repairs.

Kisselback said he was eager to lead Silver Bay to new heights.

"We have a heritage to protect and a future to secure - and I will do everything I can to make it happen," he said.

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