SCHROON LAKE - The Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce is seeking its 2008 citizen/organization of the year.
Established in 1976, the award honors an area resident or organization who has made a significant and sustained contribution to the quality of life in Schroon Lake. The chamber will honor the person or organization at its annual dinner in June.
Nominations can be made by writing a letter to the Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 726, Schroon Lake 12870. All nominations must be received by May 11. Call the chamber office at 532-7675 for more information.
The chamber board of directors will select the citizen/organization of the year and will announce the winner May 19.
"Do you know a person/organization who 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 know about it.
"If you would like to nominate someone for 2008, you must write a letter to the chamber of commerce," she said. "Your nomination letter should include the accomplishments for which this person or organization should be honored. Details of the achievements, volunteer endeavors, personal characteristics, community support and efforts toward quality of life improvements will be considered. The nominee need not be a chamber of commerce member, but must reside in the town of Schroon, North Hudson, Paradox or Severance."
Richard Newell was the 2008 Schroon Lake Citizen of the Year.
Since moving to Paradox 13 years ago, Newell has volunteered and served on boards of several organizations including The Lions Club, The Schroon Lake Senior Citizens Club, The Schroon Lake Community Church and The Schroon\North Hudson Historical Society.
Newell was born in Paul Smith and attended Paul Smith's College and RPI. He worked as an engineer in the Capital District from 1948-1995. During his time living in the capital region, Newell and his wife purchased a piece of land in Paradox. At first there was nothing there but a tent. Then they built a camp in 1964 and added onto it gradually until it became the home that they moved into full time in 1995.
Newell enjoys golf, bridge and hiking. He is even a member of the Adirondack Forty-Sixers, having hiked all of the high peaks in the Adirondacks.