Mountains & Valleys

MOUNTAIN –to Saranac Lake adding the Philadelphia Eagles National Football League team to its Walk of Fame. The Eagles’ three years of training here in the late 1940s is a fascinating nugget of local history, especially how easily they engaged with local children and veterans. We look forward to seeing upcoming Walk of Fame plaques to the New York Giants, who succeeded the Eagles in training here, and to Hollywood star Faye Dunaway, who briefly waited tables here at the Dew Drop Inn.

MOUNTAIN — to the James Person Memorial Coed Softball Tournament in Tupper Lake, which raised a record $5,660 for college scholarships, sports teams and to support the children of Jamie Martin, a Tupper Laker who was killed by her ex-boyfriend in May. Person died in 2013 of cancer at the age of 26, and it’s great that his friends and family members keep his spirit alive in this way — by helping others and having fun.

MOUNTAIN — to a judge loosening Lake Flower Resort developers’ grip on a local motel. These developers now have the big permits taken care of, so we can’t figure out why, if they have the money and the determination to carry this through, they don’t just buy the three motels they plan to tear down and build on. These motel owners have been hanging on for years, trying to sell. They deserve a fair deal.

VALLEY — for the pain 20-year-old Saige Borden’s family and friends feel as a police investigation into her mysterious drowning death drags on into its third month. It’s also a shame that her companions in the canoe that morning still won’t come forward. They certainly owe the community an explanation.

VALLEY — to an Army soldier from Fort Drum allegedly killing his wife and then a state trooper who responded to the scene. Justin Walters was a deeply troubled man, having plotted at age 15 to shoot up his Michigan middle school in a massacre likely inspired by the one earlier that year at Columbine High School in Colorado. He also saw heavy war action in Afghanistan and Iraq, and reportedly suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. None of that is an excuse for murder, of course. It’s tragic.

VALLEY — to alcohol intoxication leading to another death in a local waterway, this time on Kiwassa Lake near Saranac Lake.

MOUNTAIN — to boat wash and inspection stations being added throughout the Adirondacks, such as a new one at the Saranac Inn boat launch on Upper Saranac Lake. These go a long way toward limiting the spread of invasive species such as Eurasian watermilfoil and spiny waterflea that take over new ecosystems and make a major nuisance of themselves.