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Trail names honor locals at Dewey Mountain Recreation Center

Honorees Mary Jean Burke, Jack Burke, Helen Demong and Natalie Leduc listen as Jamie Konkoski and Margot Gold of North Country Healthy Heart Network prepare to cut the ribbon on new cross-country-ski trail signs at Dewey Mountain Recreation Center in Saranac Lake Sunday.

Honorees Mary Jean Burke, Jack Burke, Helen Demong and Natalie Leduc listen as Jamie Konkoski and Margot Gold of North Country Healthy Heart Network prepare to cut the ribbon on new cross-country-ski trail signs at Dewey Mountain Recreation Center in Saranac Lake Sunday.

— The trail “Natski” honors Natalie Leduc, ski historian and a former women’s state champion in slalom, downhill and combined, as well as a Class A cross-country ski racer. Leduc is a tireless supporter of winter sports in all forms. She has coached alpine and cross-country, and her passion is making skiing available to children, and making sure that local skiers who have gone before are remembered. Leduc helped cut the ribbon Sunday.

The trail “Wolff” pays tribute to the Wolff family’s dedication to promoting winter sports in the region, especially Phil and Elsie Wolff. Patriarch Phil Wolff, who passed away last year at age 95, is remembered most prominently for his roles as Chief of Staff of the Lake Placid Winter Olympic Organizing Committee and founder of the Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum. Phil and Elsie’s grandson Stephen represented the family Sunday.

The trail “Margie” honors Margaret Wilson Lamy, who also embodies the region’s Olympic spirit and is a linchpin of two winter-sports families, the Lamys and Wilsons, who competed at the world level in skating, bobsledding and cross-country skiing. Marge also chronicled local sports history for several publications.

The trail “Thanks, Coach” honors the many dedicated people who have taught children how to ski at Dewey, at both the high school and youth level. Their leadership has inspired two model programs and a lifelong love of skiing in thousands of kids.

Finally, “Peanuts” honors the people who have run Dewey. Day and night, they do the hard work of grooming trail and keeping the lights on and the kids warm—for peanuts. Jason Smith and Steve Doxzon, of Adirondack Lakes & Trails Outfitters, were recognized for accomplishing much in their seven years as the town’s winter operations contractor.

A dozen volunteers helped move signs onto trails. The volunteers were thanked for their role in keeping Dewey’s programs and facilities vital.

Dewey Mountain Recreation Center is on State Route 3, one mile west of downtown Saranac Lake. For more information see deweymountain.com.

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