February 9, 2014

North Country career a success

SARANAC — Cyndie Wade was born in New Jersey and moved to the North Country with her parents, Jerry and Joan Rambach, who opened Rambach’s Bakery in Plattsburgh in 1980.

She graduated from Saranac Central School. Along with working at the bakery, this multi-talented young woman started singing at the former Surrey Lounge, then located at the former Howard Johnson’s on Cornelia Street, now the Best Western.

“I owe my start in singing to Jack Williams of Morrisonville,” she remembered. “He sang with the Coachmen. He took me under his wing and mentored me. He’s like a father to me.”

Her artistic skills were noticed when she helped her folks with advertising for the bakery. She was hired as art director for the Press-Republican display ad department from 1986 to 1990.

“Fred Arce, who worked at the Press then, introduced me to Bill Lundquist, who was the department head,” she said. “Fred had seen some of the art work I did for my parents’ business ads and thought I could be an asset to the newspaper art department. I was scared and thrilled when Bill said, “Okay, we’ll give it a try and see what happens.”

She moved to Lake George in 1997 to sing on the excursion boats. She is a member of the band “Standing Room Only” or SRO, well known in the Lake George region, and is also one-half of a duo named “Spellbound,” singing at area resorts.

Cyndie is loving this time of life and looking forward to her next big adventure to be part of the gifting suite vendors at the Oscars, but she also appreciates how she got here.

“I believe God had a plan for my life and I just had to get the experience to put it all together,” she said. “I credit my mom and dad with teaching me a good work ethic and encouraging me to go forward with my talents. I’ve learned something at each step of my life and now I’m seeing the result.”

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