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Saranac Lake welcomes new trustees with song and dance

The cast of the Saranac Lake High School production of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” performs a number at the Harrietstown Town Hall Monday, April 9 during the Village Board’s organizational meeting.

The cast of the Saranac Lake High School production of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” performs a number at the Harrietstown Town Hall Monday, April 9 during the Village Board’s organizational meeting. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— Saranac Lakers didn’t have to go to Broadway to see a scene from the musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” on Monday, April 9.

The Town Hall is on Main Street.

The Saranac Lake High School cast of this Broadway hit gave an encore presentation on stage in the Harrietstown Town Hall during the village’s organizational meeting. The dry reading of official banks and meeting dates for the year was punctuated with song and dance before an audience of family, friends and the Village Board, which included two new trustees.

Monday night’s meeting began with the swearing in of several village officials: Judge Ken McLaughlin, Deputy Mayor Tom Catillaz and trustees Barbara Rice and Paul Van Cott.

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Saranac Lake Trustee Barbara Rice takes the oath of office at the Harrietstown Town Hall Monday, April 9 during the Village Board’s organizational meeting.

“I am honored and ... looking forward to the next four years working with Mayor Rabideau and the present board,” Rice said at the podium after using the family Bible to take her oath of office. “I will work hard and diligently for you, and I appreciate this opportunity.”

After Rice and Van Cott were sworn in, outgoing Trustee John McEneany escorted them to their seats at the board table as part of what Mayor Clyde Rabideau called a, “new tradition and profound courtesy.”

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Saranac Lake Trustee Paul Van Cott takes the oath of office at the Harrietstown Town Hall Monday, April 9 during the Village Board’s organizational meeting.

“I am honored and I am humbled by this opportunity to serve the village of Saranac Lake and serve all the people of the village and work together with everyone who wants to make the village a better place,” Van Cott said.

Then it was show time.

Rabideau handed High School Director of Choral Activities Drew Benware a framed proclamation honoring the cast and crew of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” which was staged March 15-17. The mayor had seen the production and was impressed.

“We often hear the term champion or championship as applied most often to sports teams, but you know something, at the end of that play, I would say that every member of the cast and crew was indeed a champion in the terms of showmanship and perfecting their craft of entertainment,” Rabideau said. “And I think it’s high time that you should be recognized ... The level of professionalism was far beyond high school.”

Benware was joined by Matt Sorenson, artistic director; Katy Van Anden, choreographer; and Bonnie Brewer, technical expert. Costume designer Kent Streed was not present.

The Village Board spends time during meetings each month honoring groups of people who contribute their talents to the community. Other groups honored this year include the high school varsity hockey team and the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee.

Village officials celebrated the arrival of the two new trustees at a reception at The Waterhole after the meeting.

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