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Masons help give Shipman Center a needed face-lift

September 15, 2016
Editorial , Lake Placid News

Members of the Lake Placid Lodge No. 834 Free & Accepted Masons helped staff and students give the Thomas Shipman Sr. Memorial Youth Center a needed face-lift on Thursday, Sept. 8, showing - by example - how they continually give back to the community.

To his neighbor, Shipman Youth Center board member Dmitry Feld, Steve Lucas suggested that his buddies at the Masonic Lodge help the youth center with some cosmetic upgrades.

"I said, 'Your building is tired. It needs work, inside and out,'" Lucas said.

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Patrick McIntyre, a member of the Lake Placid Lodge No. 834 Free & Accepted Masons, helps stain the outside of the Shipman Youth Center Thursday, Sept. 8.
(News photo — Andy Flynn)

Then he proposed that the Masons re-stain the outside of the building. Lamb Lumber donated 48 gallons of gray Cabot stain for the job, which was brushed over the brown walls after they were power washed. Taylor Rental donated the use of a 35-foot elevated lift, which was being used by Masonic Lodge member Patrick McIntyre when the News arrived to take photos.

By the end of the day on Sept. 8, 10 Masonic Lodge members had helped Shipman Youth Center Director Jason Hooker and Assistant Director Liam Ward and some students with the staining job, completing about 90 percent of the project.

"This is what we do," Lucas said. "We host a blood drive. We do the child ID program. We do a Lake Placid scholarship fund. We do all these things. This is just one more."

The Masons picked this project because the Shipman Youth Center was designed to help the community. Opening in June 1999 to honor former Lake Placid youth police officer Thomas Shipman Sr., who died unexpectedly in 1995, the center was established to provide a stable environment for Lake Placid teens to engage in positive afterschool projects and activities.

"So while this project had a lot of moving parts," Lucas said, "the focus is simple: local groups and businesses coming together to give back to our community, and together we'll attain that goal."

Kudos to the Lake Placid Masonic Lodge, Shipman Youth Center, local organizations, businesses, volunteers and students for all the work they do to make this community a better place to live. Through this project, they certainly showed the true spirit of giving back.



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