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August 18, 2012
Editorial by the Adirondack Daily Enterprise: Publisher Catherine Moore, Managing Editor Peter Crowley

MOUNTAIN - Cranberry Lake is a beautiful location, but it's one of many remote Adirondack hamlets in danger of backsliding into something less than a fully functional community. So it's wonderful that it had an incredibly generous patron. Robert Damoth wasn't very well known in Cranberry Lake, except in the library, after he retired there from New Jersey after a telephone company career. Yet this avid reader and fisherman bequeathed his entire $2.5 million estate to the community via a fund managed by the Adirondack Community Trust. Every year for the foreseeable future, the fund will issue five grants expected to total about $15,000 each: four-year university scholarships for Clifton-Fine Central School graduates, the Clifton Community Library, Cranberry Lake Fire and Rescue, the Clifton-Fine Hospital in Star Lake and a wild card to be determined by the Clifton-Fine Economic Development Corporation.



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