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Gore Chamber honors citizen, business of year

The Gore Mountain Region Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 award winners were, from left, Sarah Williams, Elise and Woody Widlund, and Lyle Dye.

The Gore Mountain Region Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 award winners were, from left, Sarah Williams, Elise and Woody Widlund, and Lyle Dye. Photo by Phillip Sherotov.

— The Gore Mountain Region Chamber of Commerce June 13 honored four citizens for their contributions to the North Creek community during the Chamber’s annual dinner at the Copperfield Inn.

The evening began with a presentation by Laurie Arnheiter, of the Hudson River Trading Company, who traced the success of the town to the hard work and vision, now nearly 20 years ago, of the Chamber of Commerce, the Johnsburg Town Board, the Warren County Planning Department and the Adirondack Park Agency’s (APA) grant of $20,000. When these groups work together toward a common goal, great things can be achieved, she said.

“Don’t underestimate what a small Chamber in the Adirondacks can accomplish,” Arnheiter said.

She noted that the return on investment by the APA was $1,250 for each original dollar. In the past year, 13 new businesses have opened in town and 12 business have made additions or improvements to their establishments.

Citizen of the Year

Lyle Dye received the Citizen of the Year Award. During his speech, he shared how he had first come across the town by accident, stopping at a motel that is now the Outreach Center. He was looking to escape the “dog-eat-dog” world of professional theater, which he had spent his life working in.

Having no plans to do anything with theater again, 12 locals approached him with a proposal: each would contribute $100 to help start a theater group for the town. Since then, their group has performed a variety of works in every church in the area.

Dye said he was thrilled to be a member of such a giving community and that whatever he could do to help contribute he would gladly do. Woody Widlund — who, along with his wife, Elise, received his own award later that evening — recalled the first time he met Dye at a Friends of the Library meeting. He walked in and announced, “Hello, I’m Lyle Dye and I’m here to help.” That direct, yet simple and modest, approach has characterized all his efforts on behalf of the town.

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