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Mountains & Valleys

February 18, 2012
Editorial by the Adirondack Daily Enterprise: Publisher Catherine Moore, Managing Editor Peter Crowley

MOUNTAINS of praise to the North Elba town board for recognizing the need for an animal control officer. It's not really a job to dump on police; being responsible for picking up dogs requires a whole different set of skills than picking up people. A trained dog control officer is a needed service that is also required of towns under New York state law. Having one will insure efficiency, care and safety of the community and the dogs.

We encourage the town to share the cost with the village of Lake Placid and to use the kennel at the Lake Placid water treatment plant. The dog control officer can take care of the dogs while they are impounded for five days, waiting to be claimed. Then they can be placed with the Tri-Lakes Humane Society as the secondary care facility for adoption.

We expect some accommodation will be made for the North Elba taxpayers in Saranac Lake, since they are already paying for animal control through their village.

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MOUNTAINS of praise go to the United Way of the Adirondack Region for making its 2012 campaign goal of $775,000. Congratulations go to Executive Director John Bernardi, the campaign team and staff, and the communities in Franklin, Essex and Clinton counties. The local United Way chapter has supported health and human service organizations that helped more than 80,000 people. Meeting the goal will help the United Way continue to provide services from disaster recovery to youth centers for the coming year.

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MOUNTAINS of excitement for upcoming events. This weekend, lengthened for many due to President's Day, there is the bobsled and skeleton World Championships. Next weekend will be a regional food pantry benefit concert in Saranac Lake. And there's so much more. Check our calendar and Thursday's Weekender for details.

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VALLEYS of disappointment for a lack of snow this winter, hurting the local economy and reducing people's fun. Many locals have commented they haven't seen such a mild winter (although others point to the Olympic years of 1980 and 1932). Perhaps it will mean a long, beautiful spring and summer season for us to enjoy. Maybe having less snow to melt will mean less possibility of flooding this spring. We're trying to look on the bright side.

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VALLEYS of disappointment go to a man from South Glens Falls who criticized the design of this year's Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Ice Palace in a letter to the editor. We strongly disagree with him, but he is free to voice his opinion. We applaud the Ice Palace workers on another fantastic job. Of special note this year were the ice carvings, the spaceships and other exterior features, the closed dome atop the tower and the cool green lighting. We recognize these volunteers' talent, their decades of accumulated knowledge and their hard work in cold temperatures and under challenging circumstances to accomplish this difficult feat. We are proud and amazed that each year they build such a beautiful and creative attraction that puts smiles on the faces of children and adults. Thanks for giving us a magical time.

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MOUNTAINS of thanks go to everyone who helped make the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival happen, including the volunteers, the people who were in the parade (85 entries this year!) and the thousands of people who came out to watch. This past Saturday seemed even more full and fun than normal. It was a brilliant day for us and, we hope, for everyone. It renewed our love of this community, in all its wonderful zaniness.

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MOUNTAINS of gratitude are also coming from Lake Placid Middle-High School for the wonderful Winter Carnival there last weekend. Students, staff and parents of that school are going through a hard year and needed a mood boost and community builder like this.

 
 

 

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