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Schroon seeks Citizen of the Year

SCHROON LAKE - The Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce is seeking its 2010 citizen/organization of the year.

Established in 1976, the award honors an area resident or organization who has made a significant and sustained contribution to the quality of life in Schroon Lake. The chamber will honor the person or organization at its annual dinner in June.

Nominations can be made by writing a letter to the Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 726, Schroon Lake 12870. All nominations must be received by May 11. Call the chamber office at 532-7675 for more information.

The chamber board of directors will select the citizen/organization of the year and will announce the winner May 18.

"Your nomination letter should include the accomplishments for which this person or organization should be honored," said Rosemarie Ritson of the chamber. "Details of the achievements, volunteer endeavors, personal characteristics, community support and efforts toward quality of life improvements will be considered. The nominee need not be a chamber of commerce member, but must reside in the town of Schroon, North Hudson, Paradox or Severance. "

Ed Donley was the 2009 Schroon Lake Citizen of the Year.

Donley was selected as a "jack of all trades."

Donley and his wife Brenda summered in Schroon lake until Donley took an earlier retirement in 1998 and turned the summer camp into their year-round residence.

Donley became active in the Schroon Lake Community Church, serving on the board and co-chairing the finance committee for over 10 years.

Donley joined the town of Schroon Lions Club and is a past president and recipient of their Lion of the Year award, the Distinguished Service award and the Melvin Jones Dedicated Humanitarian Service award, the Lions' highest honor.

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.

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