During these tough times, it’s more important than ever that people of the Tri-Lakes area be able to find out how to get what they need locally. Being prepared is always the best way to handle financial stress. In last week’s Lake Placid News, was the 2009 issue of the Community Resource Directory, a comprehensive guide to area resources that also spotlights a few local efforts worthy of hometown pride.
The Community Resource Directory is what its name suggests. It has phone numbers, addresses and contact people for resources ranging alphabetically from adoption services to youth centers. In between, the listings include art galleries, chiropractors, financial planners, media, representatives in government, schools, taxis and thrift shops.
Hopefully, all our readers will find this guide useful and inspiring, but it will be especially useful to those in need. Those of you who are overwhelmed with problems and need counseling, need to find a food pantry or affordable housing, or are seeking spiritual, financial or psychological direction, these and much more can be found in the Community Resource Directory.
With the tight economy, one senior citizen makes do by picking up cans and bottles along Route 30 to pay for his food bill. Another family has to give up their cats to move to a smaller apartment that doesn’t allow pets, resulting in even more of an overabundance of animals at local shelters. A Lake Placid teenager feels alone and finds friendship by going to the Shipman Youth Center. There are plenty of resources to go around, and when these people know where to get the things they need, they can take care of themselves.
Each year, residents vote on a “Volunteer of the Year.” This person, chosen by our staff based on nominations from our readers, deserves to be recognized in a special way. Volunteers reflect the spirit and essence of what makes a community the best it can be. They inspire and motivate us all to work together for a safe, caring and robust community. This year Katie Fischer of Saranac Lake was honored — read her story in the Community Resource Directory.
Thise who would like copies of the directory to distribute at your school, hospital, office or business, please call our circulation department at (518) 891-2600 ext. 31.