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‘Kissing Bench’ to honor Vern, Winnie Lamb

Village board approves Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department officer appointments, other personnel changes

There are a number of memorial benches located off the sidewalk around Mirror Lake, including this one remembering Art Devlin Sr., Olympic ski jumper, motel owner and father of current Lake Placid Mayor Art Devlin Jr. (News photo — Andy Flynn)

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Village Board of Trustees Monday, April 19, approved some personnel changes and bench requests for the walk around Mirror Lake and reestablished a loading zone for canoes and kayaks at the lake.

The canoe/kayak 15-minute loading zone will be located at the tennis courts on Mirror Lake Drive, across the street from the Hampton Inn & Suites. It had been taken away during recent sidewalk improvements.

One bench request was for J. Vernon Lamb Jr. and G. Winnifred Lamb.

In a letter from Joe and Kathy Lamb of Lake Placid to North Elba Town Clerk Laurie Dudley, they requested the approval of a bench around Mirror Lake honoring Joe’s parents, Vern and Winnie, who are both in the Lake Placid Hall of Fame. Vern died in 2012 at the age of 86.

“Vern Lamb was instrumental as a member of the executive board to the LPOOC (Lake Placid Olympic Organizing Committee) 1980,” Joe and Kathy wrote. “He also acted as chairman of all Nordic skiing and biathlon events. Vern was active in Lions Club and international skiing. He also was the first Lake Placid native to become an Adirondack 46er.”

Winnie is a former president of the Adirondack 46ers and the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society. When she was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1995, her plaque said she established herself as a community volunteer and “has always accomplished the task, no matter what it was.” Among her many community roles and honors, she was a member of the North Elba Planning Board and Placid Memorial Hospital board and received the Mary Prime Award and Essex County Liberty Bell Award. “Above all, Winnie has made Lake Placid hospitality known throughout the sports world by opening her heart, life and home to its friends and visitors.”

The bench would be noted: “J. Vernon Lamb and G. Winnifred Lamb ‘Kissing Bench.'”

Another bench that received village board approval April 19 was for Mary (Bobbie) Stephens Winfree, a lifelong summer resident of Lake Placid who died on April 2, 2019, at the age of 92. Her off-season residence was in Mountain Brook, Alabama.

Daughter Mary Raine Whyte wrote in a letter that her mother spent summers in Lake Placid with her parents as a young girl.

“Her parents had a home on Placid, and then she purchased her own home on Mirror Lake in the ’80s,” Whyte wrote, adding that she was a longtime supporter of the local horse shows and Lake Placid Sinfonietta. “She became known in the neighborhood for her dogs. Every morning without fail into her 90s, she would get out and walk her dogs around the lake.”

Personnel changes

Village board members approved a request from Department of Public Works Superintendent Brad Hathaway to promote Jacob Coursen to laborer/MEO at a wage of $18.90 per hour, effective April 5 in accordance to the CSEA contract.

They also accepted the resignation of billing department employee Sharron Nugent, who wrote an April 16 letter to the mayor and village board members announcing her retirement, effective May 1.

“It is with a heavy heart that I leave my position which I have worked at for the past 25 years, as tax collector,” Nugent wrote. “I have truly enjoyed working here and I will miss all of the people I have met throughout the years. Time to live life and enjoy the warm weather during the winter months.”

The following appointments were made: Village Trustee Jackie Kelley as the liaison to the Destination Management Plan Committee; Yvonne Raymona to the Lake Placid-North Elba Joint Review Board; and Andrew Teig to the town/village Short-term Rental Appeals Board.

Village board members also approved the Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department officer appointments, which were made at their annual meeting on April 6. Secretary/Treasurer Karen Fountain wrote a letter to the board on April 8 announcing the appointments: Chief engineer, Micheal St. Louis; first assistant chief, Torry Hoffman; second assistant chief, Adam Marshall; first captain, Joshua Pelkey; second captain, Jennifer Marshall; third captain, Ryan St. Louis; and fourth captain, Arron Barney. During the department’s the organizational meeting on April 8, the following appointments were made: Secretary/treasurer, Karen Fountain; deputy secretary/treasurer, Liane Colby; and collector, Bill Elliott.