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GIVING BACK: Randy Quayle finds many ways to give back

May 15, 2014
By MATTHEW TURNER ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - Randy Quayle, a retired psychologist for the Lake Placid Central School District, is keeping busy.

Quayle enjoys snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in his spare time but also has another important hobby - helping local people in the community.

"I have been a school psychologist working in the schools (here) for 30 years," he said. "Because of my work as a school psychologist I did a lot of work with kids. In my retirement, I was looking for something I had some skills in to help the community."

Quayle found an opportunity to help a few years ago when he decided to make use of his 15-acre property.

Sappy fundraising

Quayle decided to tap the maple trees on his property and give the gallons of sap to the Shipman Youth Center for its yearly fundraising efforts.

Four years ago, Quayle spoke with Mike Farrell of the Cornell Sugar Maple Research & Extension Program about the idea.

"He went out of his way to help me with equipment and knowledge," Quayle said.

Farrell helped him tap the trees, and then they transfer the collected sap every year to the Cornell's property on Bear Cub Lane to be processed. In the past, some of the kids have help with the sap collection.

This year was a rough one for maple syrup tapping.

"We collected 14,000 gallons of sap," Quayle said. "It boils down to about 325 gallons of syrup. Our best year maybe we collected over 450 gallons of syrup."

Over the past two years, Quayle, along with the help of the children who sell it, made a little over $5,000 each year in the sale of the syrup.

"I'm very proud of that," he said.

Quayle is also a member of the Rotary Club in Lake Placid and an involved member of St. Eustace Episcopal Church.

Church work

Every year St. Eustace offers free meals and social time with the foreign workers who come to Lake Placid in the summer.

Quayle said around 30 to 40 of the young people, mostly students, are there each summer for the Monday night dinners.

"They come from all over, and they are only here for three or four months," Quayle said. "They don't know anybody, and their language is limited, they are kind of isolated here."

The church also collects bikes that are given to the workers for transportation each summer so they can easily get around town.

Literacy program

Quayle began to get involved with the Literacy Volunteers of Essex-Franklin County in recent years. He has regular meetings in the library where they do tutoring. People who need help with their writing and reading ability or who want to learn a second language go there for free tutoring.

Susan Tehon, the Tri-Lakes program coordinator for Literacy Volunteers, said Quayle is a valuable member of the group. Many workers come to Lake Placid during the summer and take part in the program from all over the world, including Japan, Turkey, South America and Eastern Europe.

"He uses his expertise as a professional to advise students," Tehon said. "Randy has worked for more than two years with one student who has some reading disability."

"I tutor an adult man in his 40s who is eager to read," Quayle said. "I worked previously with another man who wanted to get his GED. I worked for him about a year."

Assistant Librarian Linda Blair said Quayle is a dedicated tutor.

"He comes in and he always comes in with a smile, and he meets with a man and works with him," Blair said. "They're very special, these volunteers. They enrich our community."



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