Schroon Lake Bob Claus thinks he and his wife, Jane, are a “burr under the saddle.”
“We try to make all the town board and school board meetings,” he said. “We tend to be vocal. Sometimes I’m certain people think we’re a burr under the saddle.”
“We have strong beliefs about education, children and the way things should happen,” Jane agreed. “I’m sure there are times we may be too outspoken.”
Maybe, but their neighbors hold the Clauses in high regard. They’ve been named the 2013 Schroon Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Citizens of the Year.
They’ll be feted at the annual chamber dinner Tuesday, June 18, at Witherbee’s Carriage House Restaurant. The social hour will be 6 to 7 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. The price for the dinner is $25 and is all inclusive. The public is welcome to attend. Reservations must be made with the chamber office at 532-7675.
Each spring since 1976 the Schroon chamber has sought citizen of the year nominations from the community. The chamber board then makes a selection.
“The chamber of commerce will be recognizing the significant contributions that Bob and Jane have made to our community and area for many years,” the chamber board said in a prepared statement. “They are very dedicated people that have been involved with the Schroon Lake Library, Seagle Music Colony, various music concerts, the bicentennial events, the Schroon Lake Central School and the broadband committee to mention just a few of the many activities and organizations.”
The couple have also been active in the Schroon Lake Arts Council, the local fire department, the emergency squad, the fire auxiliary, the town zoning board and the Paradox Lake Association.
“I’m very surprised,” Jane said of the honor. “We’ve been involved in a lot of different groups. Lately our time has been filled up by family. This is very nice.”