Kate Huston, right, the 2012 Schroon Lake Citizen of the Year, is congratulated by Rosemarie Ritson of the Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce. Nominations are now being sought for the 2013 Citizen/Organization of the Year.
The Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its annual Citizen/Organization of the Year award.
“Do you know a person/organization that should be recognized for being an outstanding citizen/organization?,” asked Rosemarie Ritson of the chamber. “If so, the Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce wants to hear from you.”
Nomination letters should include the person or organization’s accomplishments, details of achievements, a list of volunteer endeavors, personal characteristics and service to the community. Nominees need not be chamber members, but must reside in Schroon, North Hudson, Paradox or Severance.
Nominations can be sent to the Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 726, Schroon Lake 12870 or Emailed to chamber@SchroonLakeRegion.com.
All nominations must be received by May 14. Call the chamber office at 532-7675 for more information.
The chamber board of directors will select the Citizen/Organization of the Year, who will honored at the chamber’s annual dinner in June. The winner will be announced May 21.
The top citizen/organization will be recognized on a plaque, along with past winners, in the chamber office.
Established in 1976, the award honors an area resident or organization that has made a significant and sustained contribution to the quality of life in Schroon Lake.
Kate Huston was the 2012 Schroon Lake Citizen of the Year.
Huston and her husband, John, purchased a camp in Schroon Lake in 1988. They moved to the community permanently in 2001. The couple operates Northwoods Wilderness Guide Service.
“We didn’t know anyone when we first got to Schroon Lake, so we decided to join the senior citizens club,” Huston recalled. “Pretty soon we were volunteering with the seniors. It wasn’t long before we started working with other groups. I’ve always been attracted to organizations that are helping people.”
Huston was selected as the Schroon Lake Citizen of the Year by the chamber board of directors because of her volunteer efforts.
She is a past president, board member and van driver for the Schroon Senior Citizens Club; a former Town of Schroon Lions board member; Adirondack Marathon transportation chairwoman and driver; a member of the Our Lady of Lourdes parish council, the church social committee and church bereavement committee; she is a church lector and eucharistic minister; a volunteer at the Tri-County nursing home; and a member of the Schroon Lake Fish and Game Club.
Huston is now the chairwoman of the community’s annual July 4th celebration and served five years as the chairwoman of the town’s Old Tyme Christmas holiday.
Huston came to Schroon Lake after spending 18 years as assistant director of transportation at Shenendehowa school. She drove school bus in Schroon Lake for five years and still drives as a substitute. She has 33 years experience in school transportation.
The Hustons have been married 37 years. They have six children and 14 grandchildren.