Jon Peterson


27 School Street

Mayfield, NY 12117



Jr/Sr High School



Elementary School


leaf bullet Area businessman Lou Stutzke receives Champion of Character Award for work in Mayfield community

Character award presentationMay 1, 2017

Last fall the Mayfield Character Education Committee, which is comprised of parents, students, faculty, and administration, nominated Lou Stutzke, owner of Fuel N Food on Route 30 for the Champion of Character Award.

This award is given to students, educators, business and community leaders who exhibit positive character by the Academy of Character Education at Russell Sage College in Troy.

On Wednesday evening, April 26, Lou was honored with receiving this award at the Champion of Character Banquet at the Franklin Plaza in Troy hosted by the Academy of Character Education. On hand to present his award was NYS Assemblyman John T. McDonald III and Dr. Bruce Crowder of Educational Vistas, Inc.

Members of the committee chose to nominate Lou Stutzke for the Champion of Character because of his unwavering support of the people and community of Mayfield, as well as his open respect and friendliness towards everyone and anyone.

Lou has been a huge part of the culture of our town since he first purchased his gas station on route 30 at the age of 21. He has since grown his business into a well-known local landmark and hub for residents and visitors to the Adirondack region. “The Convenience Store with a Little More” is a favorite stop for many, as Lou is everybody’s “good neighbor”. He knows people by name, taking the time to say hello and chat about whatever is on their mind or events in their lives.

Lou is very involved in the community, supporting a number of events & contests throughout the year, events that bring in additional business to the area, particularly during the winter months when the summer camping season has come to an end. Perhaps the biggest attraction to the area is the annual Walleye Fishing Challenge, which awards upwards of $70,000 in cash and prizes. This challenge brings in approximately 3000 people from not only New York, but Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. Students at Mayfield have commented on the fun and fond memories of time spent with family and friends during Lou’s events.

Supporting the people of the community also includes helping the junior class fundraise money with a fishing contest of their own. Lou regularly donates to such school events as Post Prom; sending an extremely big, as in a very long & large submarine sandwich to satisfy a hungry crowd of teens.

Lou is a great example of Character in motion for not only the residents of Mayfield, but for all those who come to visit the little town on the southern tip of the Adirondack Park. Lou’s big smile and cheerful “hello” is just the beginning of a great experience.

Celebrating Lou and his Champion of Character award Wednesday evening was Mary Alice Hipwell, Director of Student Services at Mayfield CSD; Kelly Montanye, Strategic Partnership Coordinator; Gina Dabiere-Gibbs, Tourism Director from the Fulton-Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce; Sandy Brower, member of the Leadership Board for The Academy of Character Education; and Lauren Lozier, Mayfield School Psychologist.

Click on the image above to enlarge it. The photo from the award ceremony shows, from left to right: Mary Alice Hipwell, Kelly Montanye, Gina Dabiere-Gibbs, Lou Stutzke, Sandy Brower, and Lauren Lozier.