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Please fix up Lake Placid’s eyesores

May 31, 2019
Lake Placid News

To the editor:

We have an attractive village and town, yet we also have a few eyesores as bad as oozing, pussy pimples on a beautiful face!

One is the fountain at the Kate Smith garden opposite the post office. Visitors are greeted by giant potfulls of colorful pansies (thanks to Lake Placid Beautification) and a lovely garden across from the fountain (Sally Urban leads this Garden Club effort). These improvements take constant maintenance, time and effort, which is evident. I cannot say the same for the focal point, the fountain, which I don't even remember seeing active.

I did see a truck and men working the area recently and said to myself, "Oh goody, finally something is being done to the neglected pool, terrace and fountain." Later, I took a look and was impressed by the carefully placed pine cones around the periphery. I was also depressed, however, by the continued need for a thorough paint job. Perhaps the men fished out most of the leaves from the pool since I have seen it worse. Perhaps they were working to make the fountain be a fountain. I hope so.

Another blemish on our community is the shocking condition of the cement wall of the parking lot across from NBT and next to Starbucks. I understand that a citizens' group wanted to hang a banner to hide the crumbling wall but was denied by government. Our elected representatives should take action ASAP on this situation which we have watched deteriorate since Arti Torrance's mural disappeared. A tourist might wonder how and why we tolerate such negligence!

Don't let eyesores like above spoil our reputation. Perhaps by the time you read this, something will have already been done beyond conversation. If not, YOU need to speak to members of our Village Board to rectify above problems.

With hope but running out of patience,

Linda Friedlander

Lake Placid



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