Mountains & Valleys

Mountains of luck are for the beautiful weather we have had recently, in stark contrast with much of the rest of the country: being scorched by wildfires out west and drenched with floods in the South. Extreme weather patterns have now become the norm. It’s always good to be prepared for when the nasty weather hits, but avoiding it is even better. We hope you get to spend a nice chunk of time outdoors, soaking it in.

Mountains of congratulations go to the Saranac Lake ArtWorks group for putting on another successful (so far, anyway) Adirondack Plein Air Festival. It was interesting to watch artists paint outdoors throughout Saranac Lake Thursday. Combined with the Third Thursday Art Walk, the village was a lively place to be: live music, artwork on display and for sale, and even performance art. Sandra Hildreth, Tim Fortune and the rest of the ArtWorks group have worked hard to brand Saranac Lake as an arts community, bringing in people in from all over the nation and Canada. The reputation continues to grow.

You can see and buy the results of the Plein Air Festival from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Harrietstown Town Hall, 39 Main St., Saranac Lake. Admission is free. Each participating artist may display three works done here this week, and they’ll be judged for cash prizes. You can be a judge, too; one of the prizes is a People’s Choice award.

Valleys of darkness, with thoughts of suicide, affect more people than most of us are aware of. To help bring awareness and understanding and thereby prevent many suicides, we encourage people to sign up as a team or individual for the 2013 Out of the Darkness Community Walk. It will be held on Sunday, Oct. 6 at the Olympic Speedskating Oval in Lake Placid. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., and the Walk begins at 1 p.m. Call Deb Jerdo for more information at 559-335-3736.

Valleys of delays in replacing aging water and sewer mains in downtown Saranac Lake have been frustrating. It has businesspeople along Broadway holding their breaths, hoping there won’t be a break that could potentially put them out of business.

Our infrastructure has been in serious need of replacement for the past 30-some years. Village boards over the years have not tackled this huge problem, probably due to budgetary concerns – it’s expensive. But sticking one’s thumb in the dike doesn’t work any longer. There was a severe water main break this winter, and the next one could be worse. It could do significant damage to the village economy, and therefore replacing this line should be made an immediate priority.