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On Monday, an event is held inSaranacLake’sRiversidePark– It’s a fundraiser, an awareness builder, for youth at the Saranac Lake Youth Center.. We arrived mid afternoon and spoke first with the President of the Youth Center Board Doug Zobel. The Board consists of volunteers in the community interested in helping to support the Youth Center. Diane Roberts is the Executive Director of the Youth Center. She says The theme of the circus style event is for families to be able to bring their kids and enjoy themselves.. And to build awareness about the Youth Center, and the new facilities.
We’re standing near one of the games at the circus, it’s a spinning wheel with numbers in each piece of the pie… and on the table, there are numbers corresponding with the numbers on the wheel… Jordan Stewart is manning the table, he showed us how the game works.. and played a sample game but we didn’t win.. so we get the consolation prize..
It’s a folding fan – which as consolation prizes go was quite nice.. The fan folds into a little plastic rectangular box the size of a pen and when spread out, it’s the size of a small computer screen and does a decent job of sending air in the chosen direction.. We asked Jordan and his friends Dillan Coburn, Amber and Dawson Hough to give us a feel for theYouthCenter.. they tell us they like the pool, the video games and the computers..
There are about 25 to 30 kids helping with the activities which are stationed under the tents which remain from Saturday’s food to fork festival.. The food is stationed around the outside of the games, Members of St Luke’ s Chucrh are selling bags of cookies for 50 cents, the Rotary Club is manning their cotton candy machine, and Mountain Lake Academy volunteers are serving up the hot dogs and hamburgers…. Karl Boton is Mountain Lake’s food service director and he says they like to come out and support this event every year.
Picnic tables are abundant behind the food tent, providing a good opportunity for residents and visitors to sit for a while and enjoy a picnic style lunch.. It’s also a good spot for some of the Youth Center Board Members to keep an eye on all of the activities.. Scott Patnode is a newer member on the board. He says many of the board members are people who perhaps don’t have time to coach, or to do stuff full time, like teachers but they try to give what they can when they can.. One of those members is Ray Dora who is also Principal of St Bernards School inSaranacLake. He’s been on the board for about two years and we asked him to give us his thoughts on priorities for the Youth Center..
A yellow folded brochure tells the story of the youth center, open to all students from 6th to 12th grade… Their Mission – to provide a healthy, substance free, supervised environment for teenagers while offering programs which develop social skills, personal growth and responsibility in a fun and supportive atmosphere.. Funding is provided by the state,Franklin and Essex County, Local churches, The Village of Saranac Lake, fundraisers like their semi annual circus and community donations..