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Lake group named citizen of the year

SCHROONLAKE-The Schroon Lake Association has been named Citizen of Year by the local chamber of commerce.

The lake-advocacy group is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2011.

"They've been here 100 years; the board of directors decided its an appropriate time to honor the Schroon Lake Association," said Rosemarie Ritson of the chamber. "They have a long history of very good work in the community."

The SLA will be formally recognized during the chamber's annual dinner Tuesday, June 14, at Witherbee's Restaurant. The evening will begin with a cash bar social hour at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $24 a person and can be obtained by calling the chamber at 532-7675. People will have a choice of entrees - prime rib, cedar plank salmon, rosemary chicken or vegetable portabello mushroom.

Helen Wildman, SLA president, will accept the honor from Laura Donaldson, chamber president.

It's not the first time the chamber has decided to honor an entire organization. Last year the chamber cited the Schroon Lake Fish & Game Club. Several years ago the Schroon Lake Ambulance Service was honored.

The Schroon Lake Association traces its roots to 1911.

"One hundred years ago this year, the first president of the association, George Welwood Murray, expressed a concern of many; the lake was slipping through their fingers," said Nancy Belluscio, SLA secretary. "Since its inception, this volunteer group of dedicated year-round and seasonal residents has focused on preserving our lake to the benefit of all. Lester Speiser, a former president and vice president, has illustrated this in his pamphlet, 'The Rescue of a Lake called Schroon'."

The Schroon Lake Association was formed in 1911 by 36 people concerned about the life and purity of the lake.

"For 100 years, volunteers have come together to preserve and protect Schroon Lake," Belluscio said.

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