To the editor:
If anyone has seen the joy of a smiling child having fun, then you have seen the joy and smiles of youngsters who enjoy the experience of the Dewey Mountain. Those smiles were a dream and vision for a dedicated group of volunteers in the 1970s.
Over those years from the beginning to now, dedicated volunteers and paid staff have partnered with the town of Harrietstown to, bit by bit and literally inch by inch, improve and grow the Dewey Mountain dream. New and improved trails for the skiers, walking paths and bike trails have gradually brought Dewey to its original dream of a year-round facility, utilized by all ages and a very real part of the start and development of Olympic competitors and Olympic gold medal winners.
Now the vision of the Dewey Mountain ski center is again being reshaped as volunteers, professionals, the Saranac Lake Rotary Foundation and the town of Harrietstown partner to take the next steps to provide growth and fun to more and more people of all ages in activities that extend year-round.
To do this, the Dewey Mountain Friends, the Saranac Lake Rotary Foundation and the town of Harrietstown have partnered to raise funds for a new Dewey Mountain lodge, trails and signage. The recent fundraiser at Mount Pisgah once again brought the special commitment of volunteers to the foreground. It seemed very appropriate to have the fundraiser at the village of Saranac Lake downhill slope, for that, too, was a dream and vision that volunteers and local government brought to reality.
As I looked at the folks sitting all over Pisgah, with the smell of the Doty cooking carried in the gentle breeze and the fine lodge holding the serving tables and filled with folks eating and visiting, one could not help but see in the mind's eye the new lodge at Dewey and hear and see the laughter of children as they came down the Dewey trails.
So on behalf of the future Olympians who will use Dewey as their starting place, and for the many, many more who will just enjoy the gift of Dewey as a great place to share time with others, develop new recreational skills and build lifelong friendships, a very sincere thank-you to the volunteers who made the fundraiser such a special day on the path to the future of Dewey.