SARANAC LAKE – The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee has chosen Jack LaDuke as its 2015 Grand Marshal for the Gala Parade on February 14.
Jack LaDuke was born in Keeseville, NY to French Canadian parents with a family history dating back to Quebec in the mid-17th century. Mr. LaDuke is a graduate of Admiral Farragut Academy, Toms Rivers NJ and holds a degree in History from Madrid University, Spain.
LaDuke with his wife Marina Roy, moved to Saranac Lake in 1978 when he became Audio Visual Director for the Lake Placid Olympics. For thirty years he was the NY Bureau Chief with WCAX-TV, Burlington VT. He also served in the Navy Air as a photographer. An unexpected telephone call from the U.S. State Department led to a three-year assignment in Central America. In El Salvador he trained young Salvadorians to shoot still photographs and motion picture film for a new educational television network the country and the U.S. government were establishing.
Although LaDuke is retired, he still regularly produces video stories about the Adirondacks for Mountain Lake Journal, PBS, in Plattsburgh and carries out frequent photography assignments for the Plattsburgh Press Republican. He is a member of the Saranac Lake Historical Society, the Lake Placid Hall of Fame Committee and Golden Retriever Rescue. Jack was recently inducted into the Vermont Broadcasters Hall of Fame. He has also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Boston's Emerson College and won an Emmy for a story on working with horses at Paul Smiths College. He also had a gallery exhibit of his photographs at BluSeed Studios in Saranac Lake.
Jack LaDuke has a long history of capturing the surrounding community through his camera lens and sharing our local stories with the world. The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee is pleased that he will participate as this year's Grand Marshal.
The public is invited to meet Jack LaDuke at the Grand Marshal Reception on February 10 at 5:00 p.m. held at the Red Fox Restaurant located at 5034 Route 3 in Saranac Lake. The Grand Marshal Reception is a free event. Snacks will be served and a cash bar will be available. The reception is followed by the Winter Carnival Royalty Dinner at 6:00 p.m. which is by reservation only and requires a meal choice, the cost is $30. Please contact Milt Adams at 518-891-4367 to RSVP by January 31 and for more information about the event.