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January 29, 2013

Lake Placid reaches to help businesses rebuild

Fundraiser planned for shops lost in fire


The response has snowballed.

Local businesses are coming forward to donate items for a silent auction, and proceeds will be divided to support all four businesses.

Catherine Ericson, co-owner of the pub, launched a Facebook event on Saturday to help spread the word.

Within about 24 hours, some 40-plus donations were promised and on the way.

“I think you’re gonna need a few more tables to hold this stuff...,” Jamie Costa, Byno’s friend, posted on the event wall.

The page, “Fundraiser for businesses and a toast to the firefighters and all those who helped,” also invites area fire personnel, and town and village workers who helped combat the fire.

“Everybody involved did just a super job. Hopefully, we get the opportunity to tell them face to face thank you for what they did for our friends,” Amell said.


She confirmed that Placid Boatworks owner Joe Moore found a temporary worksite amid kindred spirits.

“Spencer Boatworks in Saranac Lake has offered him space.”

And Gates is looking at another location in Lake Placid for her bakery.

At the Lake Placid Fire Station, Assistant Chief Tracy LaHart said fire investigators are still searching for the cause of the fire. 

“I think they’re waiting to see if the ice melts then come back and do more of an investigation,” LaHart said Monday.

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HOW TO HELP The Station Street fire gratitude and recovery event is slated for 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at Lake Placid Pub and Brewery on Mirror Lake Drive. People who want to offer items for silent auction can drop them off at the Pub or call Stacey Byno at 366-4754. People can also send donations via check made out directly to any of the businesses affected by the fire. Mail the designated checks to: Stacey Byno, 140 Moss Rock Road, Saranac Lake, NY 12983.

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