In case you missed our directory of community resources in last weekend’s edition, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and the Lake Placid News named two volunteers of the year for 2022: Rich and Debby Harrison of Rainbow Lake.

The couple were named by Janice Fitzgerald, who said the Harrisons were “a team that puts service above itself.”

“Without fanfare, Rich and Deb Harrison show up and step in to help where needed,” she wrote.

The fruits of the Harrisons’ labor can be seen everywhere in this community. Carol Lamb, who lives down the road from the couple, said the Pisgah Candy Bar races wouldn’t happen without them – they are now the main organisers. The Harrisons have volunteered to help organize the New York Ski Educational Foundation races at Whiteface, the 90-Miler races and the St. Regis Canoe Classic. Debby is a longtime member of the Lawn Chair Ladies, a staple of the Winter Carnival Gala Parade. At the start of the pandemic, Debby and her neighbors helped make masks from sewing supplies. The couple volunteer at their church, host pickleball games, help run class reunions, donate Christmas gifts to Holiday Helpers each year and have volunteered to help distribute food during the pandemic .

Rich told us that he and his wife were coming “have a lot of time to spend” since they are now retired. He said volunteering and helping friends was better than watching TV.

In the end, many of us have time to spare. Not everyone chooses to use their time to help others and make their community a better place to live. The Harrisons are special, kind and generous people. These are inspirations that amply deserve this recognition.

The Harrisons are far from the only amazing volunteers in the Tri-Lakes region. Our staff had many nominees to choose from, as we have done every year since the inception of this award in 1991.

This year, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and Lake Placid News are proud to feature the Harrisons as our 2022 Volunteers of the Year. Anyone interested in reading our story about the Harrisons can still pick up this year’s Community Resource Directory – it is available free of charge from our office at 54 Broadway in Saranac Lake.

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