SARANAC LAKE – The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee chose Barbara Rice as its 2017 Grand Marshal for the Gala Parade, sponsored by Hotel Saranac, on February 11.
Barbara is a native of the Adirondacks and a partner in Rice Furniture, a third generation local business. She graduated from Saranac Lake High School and went on to receive her BA from SUNY Plattsburgh in Business and Economics. She later attended PA school at Albany Medical College and worked as a Physician Assistant in Vermont and Massachusetts. In 2005 she returned to Saranac Lake with her husband Chad McCarthy and son Cal to assist in the operations of the family business.
Barbara was elected to the Franklin County Legislature in 2013 and was re-elected in 2017. She currently serves as the Chairwoman of the Board. She was a former Saranac Lake Village Trustee as well as a member of the Harrietstown Board of Assessment and Review. In 2014 she was chosen as one of two county representatives to serve on the NYS Fire Safety and Building Code Council. Most recently she was appointed by Governor Cuomo to serve as a Commissioner of the Adirondack Park Agency.
Barbara has been very active in the local community and is a member of the Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce, a Trustee on the Adirondack Health Foundation and a former board member of Habitat for Humanity. She also helped found the Village of Saranac Lake Downtown Advisory Board and the Outdoor Movie Committee.
The public is invited to meet Barbara Rice at the Grand Marshal Reception on February 7 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 $35. To RSVP for the dinner, please contact Milt Adams at 518-891-4367 by January 31. All proceeds from the Royalty Dinner benefit the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival.