Chamber honors Melinda Little, Cherrie Sayles, Cape Air

SARANAC LAKE – Melinda Little is the Citizen of the Year, Cherrie Sayles is the Volunteer of the Year, and Cape Air is the Business of the Year.

Those are the winners of the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce’s major awards for 2013-14, which the chamber announced Wednesday morning. The winners will be honored at the chamber’s 93rd Annual Dinner Monday.

The following is the chamber’s write-up for each award winner:

Business of the Year: Cape Air

“In the recent years Cape Air has made it affordable to fly out of Saranac Lake to Boston Logan International Airport, with a new seasonal flight to White Plains accommodated by optional connecting ground transportation to midtown Manhattan. Not only does Cape Air make it quick and affordable to depart from Saranac Lake, it also has permitted easy access for tourists to visit. Alongside their contribution to the tourist season, Cape Air strives to be a part of the community opening a downtown Saranac Lake ticket office and providing generous donations to worthy causes within the area.”

Citizen of the Year: Melinda Little

“The Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is privileged to announce Melinda Little as the 2013-2014 Citizen of the Year. With her hard work and dedication to the community, it’s not hard to see why she is so deserving of this recognition. Little has dedicated herself to a number of local organizations over the years. Most notably she has dedicated her time and talents to the Community Store, which she wrote the original business plan for, and still serves as the board president. For the past six years, Little has served on the board, as treasurer and now president, of the Tri-Lakes Humane Society and also serves on the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism Board. She was recently appointed as the Director of Point Positive, an angel investment group looking to fund startup businesses within the Adirondack Park. Melinda Little is an active and dedicated member of this community who has completed numerous wonderful initiatives to improve Saranac Lake.”

Volunteer of the Year: Cherrie Sayles

“The Chamber is excited to announce Cherrie Sayles as the Volunteer of the Year. Cherrie is an extremely energetic member of this community and is constantly volunteering her time and energy to better the community. Sayles continues to make the beautification of Saranac Lake a priority through with an intention to plant 1 million daffodil bulbs throughout the village. Along with painting the town yellow, originally Daffest began with mainly local participation, however over the years has gained popularity and as a result has increased our spring tourism season. Sayles recently received the Liberty Bell Commission Award from the Franklin County Bar Association. Sayles has owned several businesses throughout the years in Saranac Lake and currently owns her own real estate agency, Say Real Estate. We thank Cherrie for her volunteer time and dedication to the Chamber and Village as a whole.”

Annual Dinner

The Annual Dinner will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at Charlie’s Inn, 44 Junction Road, Lake Clear. Tickets cost $30 per person, which includes a cocktail, dinner and dessert. The menu includes chicken Marsala, mashed potatoes, green beans, baked ziti, tossed salad and rolls. Reservations may be made by calling 518-891-1990 or emailing chamber Executive Director Katy Van Anden at katy@saranaclake.com.