A Senior’s Project in Lake Placid has turned into a new “Skating for Cancer” event New Year’s Day at the Olympic Speed Skating Oval in Lake Placid. Emily Godin is a Senior at Lake Placid High School. Her grandmother passed away from a fast acting cancer in May of 2013 and for her senior project, she wanted to do something to remember her. The project built from there and she contact officials at the Olympic Regional Development Authority for permission to use the Oval and Joan Sterling who is the regional director of the American Cancer Society. In the Summer, Joan is responsible for several events to raise money for cancer but this is the first of it’s kind in Lake Placid according to Godin. The Relay for Life in Plattsburgh each summer raises more than $100,000 for the American Cancer Society. Tomorrow’s event at the Olympic Speed Skating Oval is scheduled from Noon until 5pm. Godin says they have 21 prizes and hats for just about everyone who donates and skates for cancer.
As the New Year quickly approaches, one organization is working to partner with others to bring more action to the North Country.. Simon Conroy is with the Plattsburgh Renewal Project. The group just off a list of holiday activities including the Holiday Concert at the newly refurbished Strand Theatre on Brinkerhoff Street. “The organization is really about bringing organizations together to strengthen opportunities for Downtown Plattsburgh” Commented Conroy, ” We like to see activities that will benefit the area and also work with local organizations like the Strand to invite more people into the region.” The Plattsburgh Renewal Project is developing a new list of activities for 2014, one of which includes a partnership with “First Weekends.” The “First Weekends” committee is already planning several fund raising events including celebrity bartenders and others.. Many of which will have the support of the Plattsburgh Renewal Project.