LAKE PLACID - Some of Lake Placid's most dedicated community volunteers were given some special recognition last week.
The Lake Placid\North Elba National Volunteer Week Committee held a special ceremony and reception April 24 to honor its nominees for the annual Distinguished Volunteer Award. This year's recipient was Dennis Ryan.
"I'm honored and humbled to be recognized," said Ryan. "Where else can you run into so many talented people that want to work on a valuable cause?"
Ryan, a resident of Clifton Park, is the former president and general manager of WIRD and WLPW-FM radio stations in Lake Placid and still remains heavily involved in the community.
Most recently, he organized the J. Bernard Fell Olympic Torch Restoration Committee, coordinating the ongoing effort to get the historic torch equipped for use. Thanks to the organization's efforts, the torch was lighted during the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and remained lit for much of the games.
"It's been an honor to be a part of it and offer a little help along the way," Ryan said.
The committee also chose to recognize Lake Placid Central School senior Kelly O'Reilly as the 2010 Youth Volunteer of the Year.
President of her school's National Honor Society chapter and a student mentor at Lake Placid Elementary School, O'Reilly logged more than 200 hours of community service at Uihlein Mercy Center nursing home.
"When I go out to volunteer, I'm not looking for recognition," said O'Reilly, whose mother works at Uihlein Mercy. "It's sad to see the residents there, and to be able to help them feels really good."
The Lake Placid\North Elba National Volunteer Week committee has chosen a recipient of the Distinguished Volunteer award since 2007. Past recipients include Annette Albright, Vincent Forest, and Conni Cross.
Other nominees for 2010 Distinguished Volunteer included John Lansing, Heidi Roland and Jerry Strack, all of whom were presented with framed certificates at the reception.
"It's an honor for me to be able to recognize these wonderful volunteers," said North Elba supervisor Roby Politi. "They make such a difference to Lake Placid and they are the reason why Lake Placid is so special."