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Adirondack Challenge organizers critique event

Adirondack Challenge debrief meeting closes with the awarding of the events “Finish” banner to the Town of Indian Lake and Town Supervisor Brian Wells; (left to right) Brian McDonnell, Neil McGovern, Jeff Byrne, Bill Farber, Christine Pouch, Ross Levi, Jim McKenna, Brian Wells, Vonnie Liddle.

Adirondack Challenge debrief meeting closes with the awarding of the events “Finish” banner to the Town of Indian Lake and Town Supervisor Brian Wells; (left to right) Brian McDonnell, Neil McGovern, Jeff Byrne, Bill Farber, Christine Pouch, Ross Levi, Jim McKenna, Brian Wells, Vonnie Liddle. Photo by Bill Quinlivan.

— Farber seemed to understand that expectations lacked some control from levels above the town.

“(For the future) we are trying to make sure we know what the expectations are,” Farber said.

However, in answer to the objections raised, Farber pointed out that the governor visited the school and met with Superintendent Mark Brand and Principal David Snide and communicated thanks for the school facilities being provided as the welcoming point for participants and the headquarters for the media.

Farber also pointed out that he was with Cuomo at the Indian Lake firehouse, where they joined those enjoying burgers there.

“I had a chance to talk with him about the downtown area (of the hamlet of Indian Lake) and its needs while we were there,” Farber said.

Cuomo also visited some Indian Lake businesses and toured the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake with Director David Kahn.

As to the expectation and disappointment over Cuomo not visiting Byron Park, this objection did not seem to be satisfactorily addressed during the meeting.

Councilman Valentine expressed a special concern over the disappointment that existed in the community, that is, its effect on future volunteerism. He also communicated the feeling that I Love NY did a great job of promoting the Sunday event, but the attendance at the events in and around the town on Saturday was poor.

One of the event hosts attending the meeting said that she heard a lot of disappointment over the fact that the events lacked availability for spectatorship. Though this was the case with the whitewater Challenge, most understood the safety and security constraints on this particular event. However, this was especially true of the flatwater event.

McDonnell addressed this comment.

”There is a need to design a course that is more spectator friendly for the next event (on Indian Lake),” McDonnell said.”

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