The Lake Placid North Elba National Volunteer Week Committee has recognized Dean Dietrich of Lake Placid as the Adult Volunteer honoree, and Julianna Matos and Tony Miller, both seniors at Lake Placid Central School, as Youth Volunteer honorees. Dietrich, a recently retired teacher at Lake Placid Central School, devoted thousands of hours to the betterment of the community throughout the years, is a Lake Placid/North Elba Historical Society trustee, helped coordinate History Camp each summer, worked on the website, is a member of the Kiwanis Club, and a consistent presence at the Shipman Youth Center among other involvements. Matos will attend SUNY Cortland, has volunteered for Ironman, the Uphill Foot Race, Vacation Bible School and several fundraisers for the school. Miller, who will attend Skidmore College, has volunteered hundreds of community-service hours as scorekeeper, team statistician, ball boy and bookkeeper for a number of Lake Placid school sports teams, among other volunteer projects.
Shirley Seney of Lake Placid has been honored as a New York State Senate Woman of Distinction. She has been a long-time active civic and governmental leader in the North Country, became the first female mayor of Lake Placid and was elected North Elba town supervisor, a post she held from 1996 to 2007. Seney was the only woman of 59 signers of the Lake Placid Winter Olympic contract with the International Olympic Committee, thought by many as even more significant due to the fact she was born on the opening day of the 1932 Winter Games. She has also served as president of the Lake Placid School Board and a member of the Lake Placid Kiwanis Club, American Legion Auxiliary, Literacy Volunteers and Elks Lodge 1508, among other community activities.
Gary Striar, regional CEO of the American Red Cross Northeastern New York region, has been honored by the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University of Albany. He received the Distinguished Alumnus in Public Administration and Policy Award at the ceremonies. Striar oversees the 17-county district of the American Red Cross in northern New York.