Mountains & Valleys

MOUNTAINS of gratitude for the completion of the construction in downtown Saranac Lake. The town looks beautiful with new roads, sidewalks, flowers and banners on the light poles. This, combined with the village taking action against deteriorating, unsafe buildings, provides more opportunity for a rennaissance here.

VALLEYS of disappointment in Myraid RBM for relocating its local biotech lab to Texas after the village of Saranac Lake spent three-quarters of a million dollars remodeling the historic building for this specific purpose. Immediate action is needed to find new tenants.

MOUNTAINS of gratitude to Hillarie Logan-Dechene, The Wild Center’s director of philanthropy, for having the I Love New York advertising campaign feature Tupper Lake and The Wild Center in the subways of New York City. This is great exposure to city folks who might not realize that this natural paradise is part of New York, and isn’t that far away from them.

VALLEYS of sadness for those who died in the recent waterfall drownings, bus rollover and plane crash. As a newspaper we have to report these disturbing events, but hopefully investigation of the causes will help prevent future accidents. Our thoughts and deepest sympathy go out to the families on their loss. We consider people visiting the Adirondacks to be our guests – even when, as in the bus crash, they’re only driving through – and we’re sad their trips were marred like this.

MOUNTAINS of applause for new safety rules the U.S. Department of Transportation proposed to curb oil train leaks, explosions and fires. Thousands of older rail tanker cars that carry crude oil would be phased out within two years under regulations proposed in response to a series of fiery train crashes over the past year, including a runaway oil train that exploded in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people. The proposal would also make it mandatory for trains carrying oil, ethanol and other hazardous liquids to lower their speed if they have 20 or more cars. Good.

MOUNTAINS of good summer fun for recreational baseball and softball. Adult softball has taken off in popularity in Tupper Lake, and softball tournaments are now being seen as a great way to draw players here from around the North Country – a nice little economic boost for Tupper. Now people in the community are talking about hosting a Tri-Lakes youth baseball tournament, which sounds like a great idea to us.

Meanwhile, the Saranac Lake Youth Baseball Association recently wrapped up another fine season. Congratulations to all the players, and especially the winning teams: Lake Placid Blue in the Majors and Hyde Fuel in the Minors.

MOUNTAINS of, well, mountains to bicycle-related events and venues, which seem to be all the rage lately, including in the Adirondacks. Wilmington is rightfully touting its many new mountain bike venues, and plans are in the works for next year’s Cycle Adirondacks bike tour that will start and end in Saranac Lake. Six hundred riders are expected.

Sure, cycling is easier in flat places, but the challenge and the scenery can draw riders here to the Adirondacks, so it’s good for locals to take steps to release that economic potential.