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Stratton Memorial Ride – August 26, 2017

June 24, 2017

Pat Stratton Memorial Bicycle Ride through the Adirondacks near Saranac Lake – 2017

August 26, 2017 (Saturday) – Saranac Lake, New York
One-Day Event – All Bike Riders and Abilities Welcome – Rain Date: August 27

There are four rides!  The Century Ride starts at 8:00 AM, 50-mile ride at 10:30, 25-mile ride at 11:30 and a free kid’s ride at 2:00 PM. This is a well-supported bike ride with feed stations, port-a-johns and a sag wagon. There will be prizes, a BBQ, tee shirts, music and homemade pies!  Proceeds benefit youth programs of the Saranac Lake Kiwanis Club, including the annual Bike Rodeo that has distributed over 1,200 bike helmets to area youth.

This is a beautiful ride through Adirondack Park forests and meadows north of Saranac Lake. Great mountain views but no mountain climbing on the ride. Wide shoulders on the State Routes, otherwise quiet back roads.  Along the route are Paul Smiths, Mecham Lake, Lake Clear, Gabriels and St. Regis Falls.  All rides start and end at beautiful Mt. Pisgah Lodge in Saranac Lake.

Registration fee is $45 for the Century Ride, $40 for the Half-Century and $35 for the 25-mile ride. FREE Kids ride.

Active Duty Military and Law Enforcement Ride Free

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With Many Thanks to our Sponsors:

– Adirondack Awards

– Adirondack Bank

– Adirondack Bean-To Coffee

– Aktion Club of the Adirondacks

– Cassidy’s Antiques

– Community Bank, NA

– Cornerstone Plumbing and Heating

– Flowering Meadow Nursery

– Glad Electric

– Guide Boat Realty

– H&M Steel

– HOMENERGY Services

– Hulbert’s Tri-Lake Supply

– Lamb Lumber

– Pine Ridge Massage

– Placid Planet Bicycles

– Rumble Carpentry

– Saranac Lake Kiwanis

– Scheefer’s Adirondack Builders

– Stratton Hardware

– Warehouse Coinwash & Carwash

– Wilkins Agency


Kindergarten Books Handed Out; Kids Dig Right In!

June 7, 2017

Mrs. Fahl’s Bloomingdale Elementary Kindergarten Class

Each year Kiwanis Club of Saranac Lake distributes books to the area Kindergarten Classes (including home-schooled children).

90 Miler Canoe Race, Sept. 8 – 10, 2017

June 7, 2017

The 90 Miler Adirondack Canoe Classic Race from Old Forge to Saranac Lake. The 90 Miler Adirondack Canoe Classic is an amazing boat event (which welcomes canoes, kayaks, and guideboats) held on the historic “Highway of the Adirondacks” on the weekend after Labor Day. The three-day, 90-mile, 275-boat race concludes at the NYS Boat Launch on Lake Flower in Saranac Lake, welcoming triumphant finishers and concluding with a ceremonial dinner.

Come join us on Sept. 10 at the Saranac Lake Boat Launch!

Kiwanis Capture Best in Show at Winter Carnival Parade

February 17, 2017

Three deer, a turkey, a black bear and even a bat were among the wildlife walking ahead of the Saranac Lake Kiwanis Club’s float in Saturday’s gala parade.


By Susan Moore, Press Republican

“I was a tree,” club President Dan Reilly said after a little prodding. “I was a tall tree, trying not to fall down on stilts.”

He didn’t fall, and the combination of wildlife, wild music and wild blasts of confetti came together to win the club the Civic Organization Float category of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival event and also Best in Show Louis Fobare Trophy.


The theme this year was Adirondack Wildlife, and the Kiwanians ran with it.

Past President Craig Stevens put together the sound, with clips of a number of songs that fit the bill, including “Wild Thing” by the Troggs and even the theme song from “Yogi Bear.”

Interspersed were wild-animal cries — a bullfrog, a donkey added as a little joke, a wolf howl …

“We reintroduced wolves to the Adirondacks,” Reilly said with a chuckle.

And each time those woodland noises blasted from the borrowed speakers, powered by a borrowed generator, all but one costumed participant froze in place.

“That was our little shtick,” Reilly said, “doing the ‘mannequin challenge’ thing.”

The wolf on the float (Keith Freeman), however, pretended to howl.

“That’s how we made our way down Broadway,” Reilly said.


As if that weren’t enough, the club went a little wild with imagination, garbing Roger Steinbrueck and Aktion Club member Jason Borden both as Elmer Fudd of Bugs Bunny fame and putting them in charge of the two confetti blasters that thrilled the crowd.

“So they were the hunters,” Reilly explained how that fit with the theme.

And the bat — 6-year-old Natalie Staves — put on the wild act.

“She just went down that parade route flapping her wings, giving fist bumps,” laughed Reilly.

And when the float had to stop because of traffic ahead, she would run back and gesture for it to move on.

The turkey walking beside her was her mother, Jamie Staves.

That was an interesting wild species blend, the club president noted.

After the parade, Reilly said, “(the child) wasn’t in the car three minutes, I’m told, until she was sleeping soundly.”


While the Kiwanis Club has marched in past parades “in silly costumes,” Reilly said, this was its first float.

The group participated in the carnival another way, paying the admission cost for all the children competing in events such as skating and inner-tube races.

The club has some august members of carnival history, among them Steinbrueck, a former king, and Kathy Ford, a past queen, who was a cardinal on the float.

The club meets at 7:40 a.m. Thursdays at the Blue Moon Cafe, and anyone interested in testing the waters as perhaps a member is invited to stop in.

“How much fun could you have?” Reilly said, again laughing.


Just ask Borden (Elmer Fudd) and Ricky Sullivan, who played the bear.

Both members of Kiwanis’s Aktion Club, those young men were just wild about being given the role of accepting the two trophies.

Reilly said they held onto those awards the rest of the day.

“They’re probably still carrying them around right now,” he said Tuesday.

Kiwanian Animals Accept Parade Trophies!

Kiwanian Animals Accept Parade Trophies!