Schroon Lake Citizen of the Year named

Donley also has over 10 years of service with the Schroon Lake Emergency Squad as a crew member, certified first responder and,for the last four years, an emergency medical technician.

"Nothing can be as rewarding as helping someone when they need you most," Donley said.

This is what ties all his efforts together into one big movement of helping those in the Schroon Lake community.

Donley is active with the Schroon Lake Senior Citizens Club and has been a director of the club for over 10 years. He helps drive the senior van and new bus, is a substitute meals on wheels drives and is involved with most of the club's projects.

He is the commander of the Schroon Lake VFW and is vice commander of the American Legion.

Schroon Lake veterans have been active under Donley's leadership and have raised over $30,000 toward a veterans memorial wall, which will be dedicated in 2010. He is a bugler and plays Taps for veteran's funerals.

"I am very proud to be a veteran and to serve again with our local veterans here in Schroon Lake," he said.

Donley is also involved with the Schroon-North Hudson Historical Society, serving as a director for a number of years; the Oscar Seagle Association board; and the Schroon Lake Fish and Game Club.

In 2007, the town of Schroon appointed Donley to serve on the Schroon Lake Park Commission as an alternate commissioner. The park commission is responsible for maintaining the dam and lake levels and have significant properties to steward.

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