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LaDuke to be honored at LPECVB annual dinner

LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid/Essex County Visitors Bureau (LPECVB) will be hosting its annual dinner at the Lake Placid High Peaks Resort Thursday, Feb. 5. Reservations for the event are being accepted through Friday, Jan. 30.

During the annual dinner, the LPECVB will introduce its 2009 board of directors and honor long-time local newscaster Jack LaDuke, who recently retired from WCAX-TV after 40 years working for the Burlington, Vt. CBS affiliate.

During that time, LaDuke covered news from the Champlain Valley to deep into the Adirondack Park, covering local stories about the economy, tourism, politics and more. The 74-year-old also served as the audio-visual director for the 1980 Olympic winter games in Lake Placid.

The annual dinner also presents a great opportunity to make important connections with those in the Adirondack and Essex County tourism and business community. The Bureau's marketing partners are encouraged to attend and learn more about the Bureau's role in generating tourism within the region.

Guests may arrive starting at 5:30 p.m. through the main entrance of High Peaks Resort, on Saranac Ave., and receive complimentary parking. The dinner's cocktail reception will be held in PR's lounge, followed by dinner in the Great Range room. The menu includes a vegetarian option and you may make your selection when you reserve.

Local ensemble The Dogs of Jazz will be the entertainment for the evening. The saxophone quartet is recognized for their traditional and modern mix of jazz and blues, by such artists as John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, and Dave Brubeck. The group will also be accompanied by accomplished jazz vocalist Joanna D'ascoli of Keeseville, N.Y.

Reservations may be made by calling Margaret Marchuk, the Bureau's director of events, at 523-2445 ext. 189 or through e-mail, margaret@lakeplacid.com. Seating is limited to 160 people at $39 per person, coffee and tea included. Guests are responsible for all other drinks.

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