Lake Placid is truly a special place to be and for those who live up here on a year-round basis, it is very easy to take this area for granted. Reminders of the unique "quality of place" can be found on a regular basis. This writing is a pep talk on how all of the Olympic Region's residents should all take a moment to appreciate our area.
For starters, consider all the feedback that is given right here on this page every week with Visiting Voices. These visitors are selected at random and are a good indicator of what people think - but also a great reminder of how special this place is.
The New York Times and other larger newspapers based in New York City continue to promote Lake Placid and surrounding Adirondack Region as a special place, not only in the state, but the entire continental United States. In December the Times had a piece titled "36 Hours: Lake Placid, N.Y." (travel.nytimes.com/2011/12/11/travel/36-hours-lake-placid-ny.html?p) in its Travel Section. It's just another reminder, and it is nice when others toot our horn for us.
Last weekend, Lake Placid and Wilmington hosted the FIS Freestyle World Cup aerial competition, and the Lake Placid News received a Letter to the Editor from Bill Marolt, president and CEO of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (see letters on this page), where he praised the spirit of the Lake Placid community by saying that "Lake Placid has created an environment that makes our athletes feel at home."
That spirit is exemplified and magnified by many individuals who have given their hearts and soul to this community. Names such as Lamb, Fell, Lussi, Shea among others (apologies to those not mentioned, no offense intended) have helped build Lake Placid's legacy.
Mention should be given to Jim McKenna, who was recently recognized for his 30 years of service with the Lake Placid Visitors Bureau. He is among those who continue to carry the Olympic Regions's torch by promoting the area. To list everyone prominent person who has helped benefit and promote the entire region would take up way too much space.
Everyone should remember that it's not only these "big names" that make Lake Placid and the Olympic Region what it is today, but you, its residents too. If you want to promote the area simply continue doing what the community does. Be friendly and smile along Main Street. Attend the events that take place and embrace the spirit of where we live. We live in a special place and it's a great place to be.