Mountains

MOUNTAIN — to a massively successful Brew-ski in Tupper Lake, which was attended by nearly 500 people. The event is a perfect combination of great local things: breweries, Nordic ski and snowshoe trails, and golf. The event drew great crowds even amid rain and mud the last two years, but this year, Mother Nature paid it an overdue check — a brilliant winter Saturday, just ahead of rain Sunday. Attendees certainly will return, and spread the word.

MOUNTAIN — to the North Country Community College women’s basketball team, which is having another great season — maybe its best ever. The Saints are currently ranked No. 5 in the nation in NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) Division III and are riding a 20-game winning streak with a season record of 25-2. This weekend they enter the NJCAA Division III Region III final four tournament in Syracuse, facing third-seed Fulton-Montgomery Community College. This is the tournament where their playoff run ended last year, but this year they are focused on winning it all. It would be the first ever Region III championship in NCCC women’s basketball history and would set them up for a national championship run. We are behind them all the way.

MOUNTAIN — to North Country Community College for expanding its emergency medical technician program. Last fall the college offered Basic EMT courses at all three of its campuses — Saranac Lake, Malone and Ticonderoga — and most of those 61 graduates are now working or volunteering as EMTs in Essex and Franklin counties. On Thursday the college announced it will also offer Advanced EMT classes in Saranac Lake and Malone. This program prepares students for a great career, gets more students enrolled at the college, and provides the community with a steady supply of future life-savers — an all-around success.

MOUNTAIN — to North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik for standing up for her beliefs — and for a healthy separation of powers in the United States government. She was one of 13 Republicans to vote for a Democratic-led bill to block President’s Donald Trump’s attempt to give himself national emergency powers to bypass Congress and take billions of dollars from our military to build an unnecessary, expensive wall on the U.S.-Mexico border — a wall Congress had declined to fund.

We know that with this vote Stefanik lost some support among North Country residents who fully agree with Trump, but as she explained, she was being consistent with conservative principles on how government should work.

“As a constitutional conservative, I consistently criticized President Obama’s executive overreach,” she said in a news release. “No matter what party is represented in the White House, I will stand up against executive action that circumvents Congress. I will continue to negotiate in good faith to fully fund securing the border, and I urge my Democrat colleagues to commit to doing the same.”

It was the right thing to do.

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