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Local mechanic saved the day

December 2, 2010
Lake Placid News
To the editor;

I am writing to express my deep appreciation for many in your community who made our trip to the area a great one and will bring my entire family back again.

On the afternoon of Thursday, Oct. 21, my 11-year-old son and I started a much anticipated 500 mile trek to Lake Placid from the Washington DC area for a Can-Am hockey tournament. We had been looking forward to this trip for two months and being a Buffalo native I was so excited to visit an upstate New York town that I had never visited before.

Because my son had a field trip that day, we weren't able to ride on the team bus, so we drove on our own. You'll soon read why this is relevant. About nine hours into the drive, at mile 491 (9 miles outside of Lake Placid), 11 p.m. at night, my car started misbehaving. I had no cell service and there were no houses (or help) to be seen.  I took it slow and steady as my car creeped up and down the area roads.  Finally up Route 73 less than a mile from my destination, The Northwoods Inn, the car finally stopped moving (and a strange smell began) at 11:15 p.m. I had no choice but to pull off the road exactly where I was...which just happened to be High Peaks Sales & Service (6176 Sentinel Road).

Much to my surprise and delight, the light was on in the garage and there was also a taxi cab in the parking lot.  Brian Keating (so sorry I did not get the taxi company name) was the driver who took me inside and introduced me to the mechanic.  I handed over my keys, Mr. Keating helped me unload my car (cooler, hockey bags, duffel bags, groceries and one sleepy son) and with a smile and friendly demeanor delivered me to my final destination. The Northwoods Inn was all set and had my keys ready and waiting —we made it!

Over the next few days, Tom, the owner of the garage kept in touch with the car situation, drove to Potsdam to get me parts and found a great guy who could repair my Honda’s clutch.  The fact that they were able to get me on the road again just 2 days later was amazing and so appreciated!

We enjoyed everything about our visit to the Lake Placid area: big snowflakes falling, fun stores to explore (especially Imagination Station where the hockey players spent hours and the staff willing encouraged them to do so), GREAT hockey at the amazing historical Olympic venue, and a fast and fun trip down the Bobsled run.

So, in closing, a very special thank you to the members of the Lake Placid community for taking such good care of us during our arrival and stay in your beautiful town. I can't wait to come back!

Very sincerely,

Alissa Karton

Arlington, Va.


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