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Mountains and valleys

February 24, 2010
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Mountains of cheers for the decision to keep the trail and highway signs in the Adirondack Park yellow-on-brown. The Federal Highway Commission wanted the state to change the signs to white-on-brown to be more visible and to conform to other park signs. This decision saved thousands of unnecessary dollars, which is crucial to our already strapped state's finances.

Mountains of cheers to the talented Ron Keough, who has been performing as a Saranac Lake Rotary dancer for 39-40 years. His sons do not seem interested in carrying on the tradition. Rumor has it they don't have the legs for it. That's fine, because we believe Ron has at least another 25 years of dancing anyhow. Congrats to all the Rotary dancers for a great show as always during Winter Carnival.

Mountains of amazement over how many people are looking at our Web sites. The Lake Placid News has increased 30 percent since we started covering the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and the celebration at home of the 30th anniversary of 1980. The Enterprise Web site,, where people view pictures of events, is up 69 percent due to the Winter Carnival and Olympic photos.

Valleys of disappointment that John Brown's Historical Park is on the list to be possibly cut from the state's budget. Great attention was recently paid to John Brown and how he came to be laid to rest in North Elba/Lake Placid area. Much was done through volunteerism to keep the history alive. If it is later confirmed to have its funding cut, we sincerely hope that it will remain open with volunteers or the town of North Elba to managing the property.

Valleys of concern that the idea of bicycle paths will take forever to become a reality. Lee and Judi Borland started the Adirondack Park Mountain Biking Initiative in 2001, which had 20 organizations working to develop multi-use trails. We support the idea and know it has worked to boost the economic growth in other communities, so why not fight for it.



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