As we approach Thanksgiving, I feel proud, even blessed, to be a member of the Lake Placid community, one that has come together in amazing, though unsurprising, ways as we work to keep our families safe and well during Covid-19. While some find themselves combatting the temptation to express frustration and blame, particularly on social media, about how difficult it is to maintain a sense of wellbeing and financial stability, overall we are fortunate to have had only a handful of cases in Lake Placid. I am confident that we will continue to support one another – and local businesses and non-profits – and that our community will continue to thrive through this extended period of uncertainty and stress.
Our schools, both public and private, have done an exceptional job following CDC and New York State safety guidelines, and our children have had a successful first marking period in school. Our dedicated administrators and faculty will continue to meet our students’ academic and developmental needs, and are prepared for all possibilities, including hybrid and remote learning. Our ecumenical food pantry, with devoted volunteers and increased community support, has been indispensable in meeting the nutritional needs of individuals and families experiencing financial hardship. Small business owners have done all that they can to maintain jobs, provide goods and services, and keep the public safe in a challenging environment. And the Adirondack Foundation, with exceptional support from members of the community and fellow foundations, has worked closely with local organizations to help with household expenses for people out of work and provided essential guidance and grants to numerous organizations during this crisis.
In my field, real estate, we have worked tirelessly to meet the needs of our clients over the past eight months. Those wishing to sell their homes during the pandemic have found that it is a true sellers’ market, and locals and second homeowners have, in many cases, experienced multiple offers and quick sales. Buyers, whether looking for first homes or luxury properties, have also found their perfect homes, buoyed by low interest rates, trusted advice from their realtors, and confidence that Lake Placid is truly a wonderful place in which to invest and put down roots.
All of this is to say that through this challenging time for our country and the world, it is important to be thankful for all that is going well in our resilient town. It is important to remember to be kind and say hello – through masks – on our walks around Mirror Lake. It is important to acknowledge that we are in this together and that together the Lake Placid community will continue to be one that welcomes, supports, and rallies for those who contribute to it.
Bob Miller is an Associate Broker with 10 years of real estate experience as well as 15 years of service as a former Lake Placid School Board member, and is currently a 3-time elected Town Councilman in Lake Placid.