MOUNTAIN - If you live in or near Saranac Lake or Lake Placid, please consider giving a little of your time to help clean up those villages for spring. Saranac Lake's annual Village Cleanup Day is this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., organized as usual by the Women's Civic Chamber; meet in Berkeley Green at the corner of Main Street and Broadway. Lake Placid's cleanup is the following Saturday, April 28, with registration from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Olympic Center box office. Bring gloves and maybe some rakes and shovels, and help make these communities look nicer for us and our summer visitors.
MOUNTAIN - We're excited to see "Through Paddle," Enterprise Outdoors Writer Mike Lynch's documentary film of his trip on the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail last summer. The route goes from Old Forge to the northern tip of Maine, and while he already documented it in writing and photography on the pages of the Enterprise, he also shot high-resolution video in anticipation of this film. Some of our favorite musicians, Steve Langdon and Frankenpine, did the music, people from all over donated some production funds through a Kickstarter campaign, and now his 35-minute film is ready for the public. To see it, join us at 7 p.m. next Friday, April 27, at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts at a paddling film festival sponsored by Adirondack Lakes and Trails Outfitters. Tickets cost $12 in advance (at the LPCA or Lakes and Trails), $15 at the door and $10 for students, and the money will help bolster the NFCT. We're proud of Mike, but besides that, the trailer for "Through Paddle" looked great. We're eager to see the whole thing.
MOUNTAIN - Saranac Lake's second Daffest starts next weekend and has been expanded to three weekends this year. Cherrie Sayles has put so much time, energy and money into making this a premiere annual event, we're amazed. Many other people have thrown themselves into it, too. It's wonderful.
MOUNTAIN - Don't forget to vote in New York's presidential primary election Tuesday, in which registered party members choose who will represent the party in the Nov. 6 general election. For those of you who aren't registered to vote, yet are eligible, let this be a reminder to change that pronto.