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John Collins was honored by the Indian Lake Town Board Monday, June 9, as Citizen of the Year for his achievements over the years in education, community enhancement and wilderness protection in the Adirondack Park. Here, Collins, left, and Town Supervisor Brian Wells share a laugh as he accepts the award. (Photo/Pete Klein)

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Collins named IL Citizen of the Year

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - Updated: 9:17 AM

PETE KLEIN

Express News Staff

INDIAN LAKE -- A life-long resident of Blue Mountain Lake, John Collins, was honored by the Indian Lake Town Board as Citizen of the Year for his achievements in education, community enhancement and wilderness protection in the Adirondack Park Monday, June 9.

Collins served on the Adirondack Park Agency Board of Commissioners for over 10 years, helped organize the Residents' Committee to Protect the Adirondacks in 1990, and was chairman of both for a time.

He was director of the Adirondack Museum for three years and a trustee of the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, chairman of the Indian Lake Planning Board and is currently president of the Blue Mt. Lake Association.

Collins began his years of service as a fifth grade teacher at Long Lake Central School, where he worked for 26 years.

After accepting the award from town Supervisor Brian Wells, Collins commented that he began his education by attending grade school in Blue Mt. Lake, in the building now known as Blue Mountain Designs.

Collins also mentioned the Blue Mt. Lake Association will be holding its annual meeting at ALCA Aug. 26, starting at 7 p.m., and invited all members of the town board to attend the meeting.

Last year the award was given to Tim Pine, who owns and operates Pine's Country Store.

     

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