VALLEY - for ComLinks teetering on the edge of existence. This nonprofit group that takes care of the poor was first a victim of its former director's theft and mismanagement, and now, in its fragile state, it is the victim of constantly late payments from the state, which contracts with ComLinks to provide certain social services. We hope the state does right, and we hope ComLinks makes it - local people's donations could help with that. But local residents and groups may have to prepare to feed and shelter the poor in their communities without ComLinks' help. Locals already are doing so, since the aid they once got from ComLinks has dwindled, but we could really use a resurgent ComLinks amid these sustained economic hard times.
It's sad that this 40-year-old nonprofit group, which is supposed to help get families and individuals out of the cycle of poverty, is finding it hard to get itself out of that cycle.
MOUNTAIN - for the state Department of Transportation gearing up to replace the pedestrian bridge that Saranac Lake students use every weekday to cross busy LaPan Highway (state Route 3) between the French Hill neighborhood and the elementary-middle school. The new design looks good, as does the timetable, with completion expected this fall.
MOUNTAIN - for the Myriad-RBM biotech firm having moved into the former Saranac Lake village office building, for a party the village government is hosting Wednesday to mark the occasion - complete with a Dixieland jazz band, complementary flat-top straw "boater" hats, ice cream and root beer - and for Myriad having signed a deal with a California-based manufacturer of research and clinical diagnostic products. We look forward to Myriad and soon-to-be Saranac Lake neighbor Active Motif thriving, hiring new staff and staying here for the long haul.
VALLEY - The boiler is failing in the Saranac Laboratory, home of Historic Saranac Lake and its tuberculosis curing museum. The building, for those who don't know, was founded in 1894 by Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau - the first lab built in the U.S. for tuberculosis research. The current boiler was installed in 1950. Not only is it an oil guzzler, but it's on the verge of breaking down completely. HSL Executive Director Amy Catania says it shut off unexpectedly three times last winter.
HSL is trying to quickly raise the $13,000 it still needs to buy a new, more efficient boiler, which must be installed this fall. They're now taking their campaign to the streets. Please be generous. This group does great work and relies on community support.