On Friday, Aug. 28, at 7 p.m. The Pines Inn in Lake Placid will be one of hundreds of venues across the country to host the Katrina Anniversary film screening of a new documentary, "Paradise Faded: The Fight for Louisiana." The GRN-sponsored film aims to remind the nation that Louisiana's coast and communities have not yet recovered.
"I went to New Orleans after Katrina and saw a lot of the damage." said Kathy Pfohl, who volunteered to organize the local screening. "I can't believe it's been four years and there are still people out of their homes."
There is no charge for the event. A "Rediscover New Orleans" raffle will be held to help with funding for GRN. Prizes include two nights at the Intercontinental New Orleans and brunch for two, a $500 gift card on the airline of your choice, and $150 gift certificates for two famous New Orleans restaurants.
Postcards will be available for guests to fill out, asking their Senators and Congressmen for action for Louisiana's coastal wetlands. Short pointed out that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand sits on the Environment and Public Works committee and could be a key voice for change if urged by her constituents.
"I just think it's important that we remember and make sure this doesn't happen again in America," said Pfohl.
Now persuing a degree in Environmental Law in Portland, Ore., Short said she hopes Adirondackers who view the film will connect with the appreciation for preserving a natural habitat, especially in an area with such a unique culture.
"I think they can see a parallel in this presentation and how important these ecosystems can be," she said.