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Mountains and valleys

August 6, 2015
Editorial , Lake Placid News

Mountains of excitement for Lake Placid to be the host of next year's Bassmaster Challenge. This is a huge event that was held in Waddington this year with more than 50,000 people attending and bass fishermen competing for the grand prize of $101,000. There are also vendors, concerts and amusement rides, making it entertainment for all. The event is a perfect fit to showcase our lakes, ponds and rivers. The event will take place June 27-28 2016, so mark your calendars.


Mountains of thanks to those taking steps to a sustainable future with renewable energy. Solarize Tri-Lakes, a community program sponsored by the Town of Franklin and the Adirondack North Country Association, is coordinated by Nancy Bernstein as a way to increase solar power in the area. They are working with a pre-selected installer to bring a bulk rate to customers, with several payment options to make it affordable to residents and businesses.

Another example is the state Olympic Regional Development Authority's plan to use solar energy power to run three of its resort ski lifts. This new energy effort is estimated to be an energy cost savings of $14 million over a 25-year period.

Also cheers to the Northern Forest Center that is partnering with ANCA, the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages, the state Energy Research and Development Authority and other organizations to launch the Adirondack Model Neighborhood Wood Heat Initiative, which provides up to $15,000 of the cost to install a wood pellet heating system.


Valleys of waiting for Franklin County Bed Tax legislation that would go towards tourism marketing and promotion for Franklin County. It has the legislative approval, but is waiting on the governor's desk for his signature for approval. Essex County already has a bed tax that goes towards the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism to promote the Adirondacks to potential visitors. However, Franklin County has been working on this for years and would like to see it enacted so they can soon see their promotional budget grow to tout Franklin County's amazing natural resources and attractions.


Mountains of support is needed for our local colleges, North Country Community College and Paul Smith's College, to keep them innovative and sustainable into the future. Just as businesses have changed with more than just a brick and mortar presence to also having a digital commerce website, colleges are also offering both. Academia has become very competitive, and focusing on future careers can be a moving target. We applaud the leadership of our colleges who have been instrumental in engaging the community to explore the needs of the future and planning the curriculum to meet those needs.



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