Kate Huston, right, the 2012 Schroon Lake Citizen of the Year, is congratulated by Rosemarie Ritson of the Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce.
When Kate Huston learned she had been named the 2012 Schroon Lake Citizen of the Year she was overcome by emotion.
“I started to cry,” Huston said. “There are so many worthy people in our community, so many people deserving of the honor. It’s very emotional for me.”
Huston will be honored at the Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce annual dinner Tuesday, June 19, at the Word of Life Inn Dining Room. There will be a social hour with hors d'oeuvres 6 to 7 p.m. and a dinner buffet at 7 p.m.
The price for the dinner is $25 and is all inclusive. The buffet will include roasted bistro fillet with tomato ratatouille, olive sauce; crispy skinned salmon with strawberry, balsamic and soft herb dressing; crunchy topped leek and shallot bake; truffle potato gratin; buttered haricot vert; selection of sautéed vegetables; and assortment of breads. Desserts will include fresh fruit salad bowl, double chocolate cheesecake and key lime cream cake. Assorted beverages are also included.
Reservations must be obtained through the chamber office at 532-7675 by Tuesday, June 12.
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.
“I’m very honored and very humbled,” Huston said. “I know there are many other people who could have been chosen.”
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.
“These are some of the organizations, activities and events that she has dedicated her time and talents in improving the quality of life for those that live in Schroon Lake,” according to the chamber board of directors.
This is a busy time of year for Huston, who is finalizing plans for the School Lake July 4th celebration.
“People don’t realize the work involved in planning something like the July 4th celebration,” she said. “They seem to think that all the sudden a parade just starts in town. It’s a lot of work.”
Huston didn’t plan on taking on the Independence Day responsibilities, but when the celebration’s director became ill four years ago the annual event was in jeopardy.
“I’m very patriotic,” Huston said. “When I heard there might not a July 4th celebration I had to do something.”
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.
Huston said she’s a little uncomfortable with all the attention, but she looks forwards to the dinner.
“I’ve never done anything looking for accolades,” she said. “I prefer to stay in the background. This is a great honor, though, and I want to be graceful in accepting it.”