Mountains & Valleys

VALLEY — to thousands of gallons of raw sewage that spilled into the Saranac River by the Pine Street bridge. The Ray Brook federal prison’s sewer line ruptured here when it was finally unclogged after several days. We’re very glad the line is now operational, with a temporary bypass in place until the repair is complete. Still, it’s probably not a good idea for people or dogs to swim in the river downstream of Pine Street for the next little while. Personally, we wouldn’t even canoe there until the spring.

VALLEY — to more people turning out to vote for the name of the new Tupper Lake baseball team, with 639 votes, than for Tupper Lake’s school election this May, with 380. Oh well — that’s democracy. Still, we encourage people to weigh in on the issues that affect our policies and pocketbooks as well as on entertaining subjects such as sports.

VALLEY — to the passing of J. Patrick Barrett, chairman of the state Olympic Regional Development Authority and former state Republican chair. He died this week from leukemia at his home in Lake Placid. He was a locally born North Country man who went from rags to riches with a long list of accomplishments, from being a U.S. Army veteran to heading Fortune 500 companies. He did a lot for the area with his great leadership that helped ORDA be an economic driver by infusion of capital and by helping keep USA Luge in Lake Placid. His plain-spoken, common-sense manner was also much appreciated. He will be missed.

MOUNTAIN — to expanding addiction treatment locally and throughout our country for those hurt by drug or/and alcohol addiction. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer expressed admiration when he toured the St. Joseph’s inpatient and veterans programs in Saranac Lake recently. We are glad St. Joe’s is expanding; the need is great.