Once again the residents of the North Country have been forced to pull together — this time in the wake of destruction in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, which hit our region as a tropical storm on Sunday, Aug. 28.
Residents and business owners in Keene, Keene Valley, Jay, Upper Jay and AuSable Forks have suffered losses to both home ad property, and there has been extensive damage to area roads as well. It is truly heartbreaking to see all the damage our residents have incurred due to the storm. Thankfully, there was no loss of life in our area.
Relief efforts are under way throughout the region and so many people, groups and organizations are stepping to the plate to assist those in need. In the coming days, there are sure to be more aid initiatives, and already several fundraisers and drives to gather donations of clothing, materials and funds have been established. (Check the pages of this issue).
Keene Valley is getting hit in two ways — not only from the storm’s damage, but due to the fact that travelers are not passing through the town, which is taking a devastating toll on business. Please help spread the word that Keene and Keene Valley is indeed “open for business.”
In the coming days, the Lake Placid News and its sister paper the Adirondack Daily Enterprise will publicize any future efforts that are organized to help victims of Irene.
Thanks to all those who have been helping, or plan to help, your neighbors in such a time of need. Please continue to show that people in the North Country shine during times such as these — times in which it is crucial to pull together.