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GE retiree maintains fleet of two-wheelers to keep exchange students rolling

Queensbury resident Bob Flanagan is a retired GE engineer who fixes up old bikes that are used by foreign exchange students working at resorts, motels and restaurants in Lake George over the summer.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Queensbury resident Bob Flanagan is a retired GE engineer who fixes up old bikes that are used by foreign exchange students working at resorts, motels and restaurants in Lake George over the summer.
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Every bicycle needs a good spin doctor. In Queensbury, one of those doctors is Bob Flanagan. The retired General Electric electrical and mechanical engineer tunes up and tests the two-wheelers that fill the basement of his Nottingham Drive home. They’ll all be on the road in Lake George this summer. On the pedals will be young men and women from Russia, Macedonia, Turkey and other countries. The exchange students, who travel to the United States ...

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robbump
June 12, 2012
1:09 p.m.

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Great story about a terrific effort being done by Flanagan.

I wish a reporter would give similar coverage of the fact that bacause hospitality industry does not want to pay wages decent enough to attract American workers, the government allows the industry to skew the laws of supply and demand by allowing the "import" of foreign workers willing to work for less money than the rigors of the jobs would dictate.

Maybe the Gazette can bring in summer workers to write some of the stories and operate presses too. Some of the translation tools are excellent.

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