Congratulations are in order. The 14th annual Saranac Flatwater Challenge, although down in numbers, held a successful event at Picketts Corners Park on the Saranac River raising more than $2,100 to fight asthma. Also, the town was well-represented in the Kent-Delord House Museum Garden Clubs 18th annual Secret Garden Tour with Dick and Bonnie Gokey, Judy Bassett, Warren and Sylvia Newman, Kellum Smith and Angela Brown. We have tentatively planned a public information meeting to be held Wednesday, Aug. 20, at the Saranac Town Hall, at 7 p.m. As previously reported, we have received a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program grant from the Department of States Coastal Resources. Melissa McManus, the towns development consultant, will chair the meeting to inform all interested town residents the steps we took to get the grant and the next steps in the process. Later on, after the required paperwork is firmly in place, we will hold another meeting for you to give us your vision and direction for Saranacs future. Also on that agenda, she will discuss our progress in another grant we are applying for which, if it is successful, will be used to study our industrial park on Trudeau Road. As part of that initiative, the town board has appointed a local development corporation. Thank you to five local business people who have volunteered to serve on that newly formed board: Cathy Stoughton, Styles Unlimited; Hal Moore, Saranac Hollow Woodworking/Adirondack Hardwoods; Gary Tedford, Hi-Falls Lounge; Tony Windover, Windovers Home Center; and Gerald Delaney, Delaney Timber Harvesting. As the plans move along to develop that piece of property the APA has designated for industrial use, the town board appreciates the desire by those five individuals to help the town move forward economically. Joe Gerardi is the supervisor of the town of Saranac. His column appears regularly in the Clinton County Free Trader Today.