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Videos tout beauty of Saranac

SARANAC - The town of Saranac has long been known to locals as the "Gateway to the Northern Adirondacks." Now, through the power of the Internet, local officials are hoping to broadcast the message of Saranac's small-town charm and beauty for all to see.

The town, with the assistance of television production students from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, recently finished producing four short narrated videos to promote the town through the popular on-line video Web site YouTube, and the town's Web site, www.townofsaranac.com.

According to Town Councilman Gerald W. Delaney, the videos took approximately four months to produce, funded by Local Waterfront Revitalization Program funding the town received from the Department of State's Division of Coastal Resources last year. Delaney, who spearheaded the initiative on behalf of the town council, said the videos focus on four features of the town - History, Recreation, Community and Opportunity.

"When you drive up Route 3 going through Saranac, you don't fully understand what's here," said Delaney. "We've got some awesome views in this town and there's just so much history here. The intent was to show people what a great community this is to live in and to visit."

The first video in the series, titled "History," gives an overview of how the town was first settled in 1802, including how five settlers were hand-picked to assist in the capture of John Wilkes Booth, the infamous assassinator of President Abraham Lincoln.

"You wouldn't think that would be a little-known fact, but it is," said Delaney.

"Recreation" focuses on the many recreational opportunities the town has to offer, from boating on the Saranac River to climbing Lyon Mountain and exploring the Sable Highlands. The annual Saranac Flatwater Challenge held in the summer and the winter cross-country skiing opportunities hosted by the New Land Trust are among the attractions for the town featured in the video.

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