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Mountains & Valleys

May 6, 2011
Editorial by the Adirondack Daily Enterprise: Publisher Catherine Moore, Managing Editor Peter Crowley

MOUNTAIN - To cooperation between government agencies and emergency services of all kinds during the past week's flooding. This has been the biggest natural-disaster-relief undertaking in our part of the world since the 1998 ice storm, according to Franklin County Emergency Services Coordinator Ricky Provost, and it swells one's heart to see the outpouring of volunteers, for days on end, from fire departments in the county's north end. It's also wonderfully refreshing to see the state departments of Transportation and Environmental Conservation, state police and local government agencies working in such close concert. Thank you all.

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VALLEY - Our sorrow goes out to one flood-relief volunteer from Constable, Ronald Clark. While he was in Saranac Lake, helping bail us out of the rising river, his wife Karen Bourdon-Clark was stabbed to death in their home. Their 14-year-old son is suspected of murdering her. It's a horrible thing to happen to anyone, especially to a couple who were, by all accounts, so selfless.

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MOUNTAIN - To businesses and individuals that have offered their goods and services free of charge to flood evacuees and recovery workers. We don't know who all has donated what, but one example is the Timber Lodge of Tupper Lake, which is offering free rooms to people flooded out of several neighborhoods.

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VALLEY - It's a sad fact that there is little government aid out there for private individuals stuck with flood damage. Those with flood insurance already paid for this, and we hope the insurance companies compensate them fully. Those without flood insurance will have steep bills to pay, and it's likely some of them won't be able to. For their neighbors, it's time to be kind and help, mostly one on one as opportunities arise. Please say yes to this chance. Much personal generosity will be needed for people to get through this.

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VALLEY - To those who go past caution tape and signs into flooded areas. If you do this, you are a danger to yourself and others - especially those who might have to rescue you.

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MOUNTAIN - For village cleanup days. Saranac Lake's is Saturday, Lake Placid's was this past weekend, and Tupper Lake's hasn't been scheduled yet. Then there will be the annual Saranac River cleanup. These cleanups are desperately needed and require local people to give their time and effort. Please join in. Saranac Lake's will begin at 9 a.m. at Berkeley Green, at the central Main Street-Broadway intersection, break for lunch at noon and last until 2 if necessary. That's not too hard. Please help out.

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MOUNTAIN - Like many others, we welcome NASCAR star Kyle Petty and are proud he chose Lake Placid this year for the start of his annual charity motorcycle ride, which will end in Florida. Another retired NASCAR ace, Geoff Bodine, lured Mr. Petty up here for a bobsled event this past winter - Mr. Bodine is a tremendous benefactor of U.S. bobsledding - and Mr. Petty liked it. It's a great example that local efforts to create, maintain and promote excellent visitor experiences in Lake Placid have a compounding effect - they lead to more of the same. That's good business.

 
 

 

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