Plenty of good news this year, too

Many probably would agree that 2017 was a rough year. Reading the 2017 Year in Review section inside today’s Enterprise reflects a great deal of tragedy for our small communities. Yet the support of family, friends and neighbors has helped lighten the load.

At the same time, there were a lot of good-news stories that reflect a community coming together and giving us hope that 2018 will be better.

For instance, the Adirondack Club and Resort in Tupper Lake is finally getting some traction on the development that has been in the works for almost 14 years.

Also in Tupper Lake, the Wild Center has reaped the rewards of expansion with a record number of visitors. This has proven to be a real economic driver that has spilled over to the Tupper Lake community, where new businesses have opened up.

The Hotel Saranac renovation has been more than four years in the making and is now expected to open this coming month, amid much anticipation. It is beautifully remodeled, and Historic Saranac Lake is holding a big gala to celebrate — and to raise money for HSL. Tickets sold out within a few hours.

New businesses have opened, and more are expected to open next year in all three Tri-Lakes villages. Facades have given fresh and historically appropriate facelifts to Saranac Lake. Compounded by the Hotel Saranac opening, this should lead to an influx of visitors and locals browsing downtown.

There have been strides made in neighboring communities to work out solutions for the common good. Just as local and state government agencies worked to keep the Empire State Winter Games going after the state dropped them several years ago — the local agencies have since expanded the games — now local government and nonprofit agencies are taking first steps toward solving the problem of overuse of mountain trails. The town of Keene is looking to expand its bus to other trailheads beyond the Garden, which is needed, and the state Olympic Regional Development Authority teamed with the Department of Environmental Conservation to try an alternate trail to Cascade, Porter and Pitchoff mountains on Columbus Day weekend. The idea needs work, but at least they’re trying things.

In February, local athletes will compete in the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. We are so proud of their hard work and accomplishments to represent the USA.

The Enterprise published many personal stories that made us happy to read this year — from a Saranac Lake man winning big in the lottery to the Beidecks celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary. There were also many stories of triumph over tragedy, gifts from strangers, inspiring moments and happy experiences that give us hope to go on and make 2018 even better.

We are grateful to the people in our communities who work hard to make the world a better place, to lift spirits and to shed light on those around them who are having a difficult time.

We wish everyone a very joyous and wonderful 2018.