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Mountains & Valleys

June 2, 2012
Editorial by the Adirondack Daily Enterprise: Publisher Catherine Moore, Managing Editor Peter Crowley

MOUNTAIN - We're proud to report that the torch for the Special Olympics of New York passed through our area Friday, from Saranac Lake to Lake Placid. These games for athletes with special circumstances will be held June 15-17 in Buffalo. Since Lake Placid is New York's only Olympic location, it makes sense that this torch would stop here. It's something to be proud of, another example of the long-term benefits our forebears knew would come from being an Olympic host. It's a reminder that hosting the games was worth the trouble, and that it's wise to maintain Lake Placid as an Olympic village in perpetuity.

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MOUNTAIN - The Saranac Lake Criterium bicycle race is next Sunday, June 10; we welcome the cyclists and urge everyone to do the same. Because this race blocks traffic for a loop in the middle of downtown, it can be controversial, but overall, it's good because it brings a bunch of people here in a positive way. Athletic events, like outdoor recreation, are a long-term draw to our area; they lead to more new visitors, repeat visitors and new residents. Also, this race is cool to watch. Come downtown June 10 and check out the high-speed action - and shops and restaurants while you're at it.

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MOUNTAIN - Saranac Lake's $1 million sidewalk overhaul seems to be off to a good start: As far as we can tell it's been fairly timely, organized, communicative to the public and accommodating to traffic. If you've seen otherwise, however, please let us know, perhaps with a letter to the editor.

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MOUNTAIN - Without much hype, the state Office of the Attorney General this week unveiled something that may prove to be quite useful: www.nyopengovernment.com, an upgraded version of the OAG's Project Sunlight website that is now a portal to a wider variety of important information: campaign contributions, campaign expenses, retained lobbyists, lobbying clients, charities, state contracts, member items, state corporations, state elected officials and bills. It's the closest thing to one-stop shopping we've seen from the state, and after spending some time on it, we found many things of interest. Despite AG Eric Schneidermann's assurances, however, we don't really know how complete its database is, or how much time and money will be put into updating and maintaining it. The proof of its value will be, of course, how much people use it over time - if it's popular, the state will keep it up - but at first blush it seems well worth bookmarking on your Web browser.

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VALLEY - The summer sun was darkened a bit - figuratively speaking - by the accidental deaths of two men last weekend: a 19-year-old summer camp volunteer from Rochester who drowned while swimming in Upper Saranac Lake, and a 60-year-old Vietnam War veteran from Lake Placid who crashed his motorcycle in AuSable Forks. Our prayers are with their families.

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VALLEY - It's surprising, sad and a little scary to think an arsonist might be among us, but state police investigators believe an accelerant was used to start a fire on the outside of a mobile home in Lake Placid's Cascade Acres last Saturday morning. Please call state police at 518-897-2000 if you have any tips to help them solve this. The company that owns Cascade Acres, MH Communities, is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible.

 
 

 

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