MOUNTAIN - to the cooperative and robust effort that will bring 1,000 mountain bikers here for a June 19 race. The Wilmington/Whiteface 100k will start and end at Whiteface Mountain and, in between, traverse 100 kilometers of backcountry trails in the towns of Wilmington and Jay. It's one of three qualifiers for the nation's most prestigious mountain bike race, the 100-mile Leadville Trail 100 in Colorado. This event will bring tremendous business opportunity, positive national attention and local excitement to people in our neck of the woods, and for that, we thank the town of Wilmington, the state Olympic Regional Development Authority, the Whiteface Region Business and Tourism Center and the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism. They worked together, apparently honoring each other's roles instead of overlapping and bumping into each other, and landed a big one.
By the way, in case you were wondering, this is the mystery sports event that James McKenna, president and CEO of the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism, mentioned at a November 2010 meeting of the Essex County Board of Supervisors' Economic Development, Planning and Publicity Committee, as reported by the Enterprise Nov. 9.
MOUNTAIN - to the town of St. Armand, which saw the biggest percentage population growth in our coverage area - 227 people, a whopping 17 percent. Among the good things Bloomingdale has are a beloved and excellent school, relatively low taxes, a village-like layout, a healthy (if small) business community, the scenic and recreational Saranac River and its own youth center, skating rink and ballfields.
MOUNTAIN - to the village of Saranac Lake, which despite its many internal critics had 7.2 percent more residents in 2010 than it did a decade before, according to the U.S. Census. It really is a great place to live, with too many assets to list here, and we're always glad to see people recognize that and move here.
VALLEY - to places that lost substantial population over the last decade, such as all of Hamilton County, the village and town of Tupper Lake, and the towns of Brighton, Black Brook, Santa Clara, Waverly and Franklin. It's no secret that Tupper's job market continued to dry up this past decade, but it's still sad to see proof in numbers. Nevertheless, we have hope for the community's future, perhaps with the Adirondack Club and Resort project.
MOUNTAIN - to Adirondack Medical Center for its planned new building to house a wound-treatment facility - something needed but not available around here - as well as doctors' offices. AMC is of huge importance locally, but on a larger scale, it's still a pretty small health-care operation serving a vast, rural, relatively poor region. To succeed under those circumstances, it has to be smart in its growth strategies, and from everything we have seen, it has been. This expansion effort seems to be one more example of that.