August was a busy month as activities all over the North Country seemed busy as ever! I participated as a sand sculpture judge again this year at the beach. I continue to be amazed at the creativity of all involved. I attended the Plattsburgh Police Academy graduation. I was very proud of all the graduates as they will be protecting our communities for us in the future. I welcomed administrators from three counties who were attending a homeless veterans seminar at VFW Post 125. This seminar brought attention to this serious issue.
The city held a groundbreaking for the initial construction phase for the Saranac River Trail project. I attended a ribbon-cutting for Michele's Fine Dining. The Battle of Plattsburgh Committee held a press conference announcing the annual poster winners and they also provided the schedule for this year's event, which will be the best ever. I had the privilege to attend the grand opening of the new Subaru dealership on U.S. Avenue which was a very special event. The McBride family invited the public to visit their new facility which is first class, as is the family as well. The FLW held one of their largest regional fishing events which is always first class. I personally appreciate my friendship with these folks as the anglers, their families, friends, and the FLW staff are wonderful people who truly love the North Country.
Five Guys Burgers is coming to the city of Plattsburgh which I am very pleased with. The Velo Quebec Bicycle Grand Tour brought over 2,000 cyclists to the North Country which was an outstanding event. And, the Plattsburgh State students have arrived for another exciting year.
As I mention often, I dealt with many constituent problems which is the norm. We have started our 2011 department budget sessions, which will be very challenging. We have four new downtown businesses that recently opened, which is great news and hopefully will be supported by the public. As summer winds down, we will begin to deal with fall and winter issues that are coming. Until then, however, everyone enjoy the good weather while it lasts! Thanks!
Don Kasprzak is mayor of the city of Plattsburgh.