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Thanks for a big rugby tourney

September 10, 2015
Lake Placid News

To the editor:

The goal posts are put away, the fields are cleaned up, and our muscles and bones are almost healed. Another successful rugby weekend has been enjoyed by players, families and spectators. Each year the Can-Am Rugby Tournament seems to get a little bit bigger and a little bit better. July 31 to Aug. 2 was the 42nd annual Can-Am Rugby Tournament, and the third annual Quad Rugby Games. The tournament takes a year to plan and organize, and if it were not for the support of the board members, volunteers, local businesses and entire community, this tournament would not have grown to the size and success it is. This year marked the largest tournament to date, and the feedback from players and spectators was beyond positive. The following individuals and businesses support the tournament each year and help make it possible, and the tournament organizers would like to thank them for the time and services they provide to the tournament.

Our tournament sponsors: Canterbury Rugby, Saratoga Eagle and Labatt Blue Light, Nice 'n' Easy, Spencer Boatworks, Cape Air, St. Joseph's Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers, and Pepsi.

The Paye family members, who graciously allowed the tournament to use their property to host the Sunday finals at North Country Community College. Returning to North Country for Sunday's finals was the biggest and most positive feedback we received.

This year marked J.R. Owens' 34th and final tournament. He has been the main announcer of the tournament for years, as well as coordinating the schedule boards at the fields. We thank J.R. for his countless years of service and support to the tournament. We will greatly miss him.

Johnny Muldowney, Amanda Lavigne, Geoff Sanford, Fred Roedel, John Burns, Neale Dill, Mike Ryan, Pat Giblin, Jan Plumadore, Stacey Annis and the Geomatics surveying crew, Eric Wilson, Mayor Clyde Rabideau and the village of Saranac Lake, the village Department of Public Works, Chris Blanchard, Vernon James and the Saranac Lake Central School District along with Lenny Barker and the bus garage, the Lake Placid Central School District, the Saranac Lake Police Department, the Lake Placid Police Department, New York State Troopers, the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, Lake Placid Sports Medicine, Morris Rugby Club, SLV EMT, LP EMT, NCCC and President Steve Tyrell, the Knights of Columbus, the Bloomingdale Volunteer Fire Department, Butch Martin and North Elba Parks District, Roby Politi, the village of Lake Placid and North Elba town board, Mike Ritchie and the Saranac Lake Civic Center, the Shipman Youth Center, Pat McGuire and Verizon Wireless, Bucky Hayes and his crew, Jerry Cavallo and the Belvedere and staff, Casella Waste Management, Adam Harris and the Grizle-T's crew, Taylor Rental, Coakley High Peaks Ace Hardware, Nonna Fina, Tupper Lake Supply, Ed Davis and Northern Insuring, Blue Moon Cafe and Ken and Trish Fontana, Compass Printing, John Radigan, Tupper Lake Supply, Adirondack Motel and Susan and Fred Mueller, Waterhole, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, the Moody family, Pete Donnelly, Trudeau Sand and Gravel, Sturdy Supply, Fosters, Paul Smith's College, Amanda's Village Motel and Edie and Joe Standish, Newman and Holmes, St. Bernard's School, the youngest entrepreneurs in Saranac Lake - the Catania brothers' lemonade stand - and all the business who advertise on our website all year.

We look forward to another great year in 2016 - July 29 to 31.

The Can-Am Rugby Tournament board and staff:

Jay Annis, Nichole Meyette, Dave Staszak, Tony Elrod, Ericka Moody, Doug Ferris, Terry Tubridy, Jeff Letson, Sharon Elrod, Cam Moody, Pat Romeo, Stacey Annis, Geoff Sanford

Saranac Lake



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