MOUNTAIN - We, probably like most people in Tupper Lake and far beyond, aren't exactly sure what to do about the ongoing disappearance of Colin Gillis, but we know what to feel - hope and gratitude. The searchers have been phenomenal, and we all should be grateful they're out there, willing to go to such lengths to save any of us. Also we are overjoyed that the entire community is united in support for the Gillis family, as was demonstrated at Friday night's Luminary Prayer Service at the Municipal Park ball field. We add our prayers, and also our hope. Really, as his family has said laughingly, maybe this young man is just taking a spring break vacation from the world. Or even if it's not that good, maybe it's not that bad, either. Let's offer up our fears and keep ourselves positive.
MOUNTAIN - We're appreciative to state and local police that another missing-persons case was quickly resolved this week. Both a man and a woman who went missing, amid a suspicious theft of a gun and vehicle, were found, and we're confident detectives will get to the bottom of it.
MOUNTAIN - We congratulate Barbara Rice and Paul Van Cott, winners of Tuesday's Saranac Lake trustee election, and join the rest of the village in welcoming them to the board. They are doing this out of their deep love of their hometown, and both are eager to listen and work hard. Our advice, based on what we've seen and heard: Always be transparent, always do your homework before every board meeting, steer clear of factions, hold your head up, and be nice.
We also congratulate seven-year village board veteran Jeff Branch and energetic, talented newcomer Mark Gillis, who lost the election. They, too, would have been great trustees, but we look forward to enjoying their contributions to the community in other ways.
VALLEY - We feel terribly for 13 evacuated residents of the building at 13 Broadway, Saranac Lake, and especially for the Riley twins, Kean and Kasey, and their Twin Crystal Rock Shop which got soaked Thursday morning when a kitchen fire upstairs triggered the sprinkler system. The Rileys have had a tough run lately, but a strong current of support for them runs through the Saranac Lake community.
Also, we don't know much about these nuclear-blast sprinkler systems, but one damaged the Asian Buffet so badly that the restaurant was shut down for two months this winter. Are they more trouble than they're worth? That's hard for us to say, but from an outsider's perspective, it seems these are things in serious need of technical improvement to prevent them from ruining a building over a minor smoke or fire incident. We hope some good engineers are paying attention.