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Here’s to labor, and time off from it

September 1, 2012
Editorial by the Adirondack Daily Enterprise: Publisher Catherine Moore, Managing Editor Peter Crowley

It's been a beautiful, sunny summer, and while we're grateful, it's still hard to believe it's September. In a few days, summer will be officially over, soft ice-cream stands will close, and school will resume. Fall colors have started to emerge in the foliage.

But this weekend, it's still summer.

It's supposed to be a sunny weekend, too, so we hope many of us enjoy a well-earned break this Labor Day. You've put in your labor, right? Of course you have. And you have plenty of chores ahead of you, so if you can, take this weekend to chill with family, friends, pets or just by yourself.

Perhaps you just want to sit back and do nothing in particular, or maybe you're heading out for a little getaway. Both sound good to us. If, however, you're around here and looking for something to do, we suggest three events in Saranac Lake: the Farm 2 Fork food festival today in Riverside Park, the Hobofest music festival Sunday beside the train station on Depot Street and the Labor Day Circus Monday in Riverside Park Monday. (See our calendar for details on all three.) The circus is a fundraiser by and for the Saranac Lake Youth Center, a worthy cause; there will be games, prizes, bounce houses, bands, food, drinks, desserts and a dunking booth.

Many people, however, have to labor today. We know all about it; some of us are working today, too. We urge you to think about people who work in shops, restaurants and hotels, as well as police officers, fire drivers and emergency dispatchers, all serving those who are able to take advantage of the long weekend. Give these workers a smile this weekend if you see them. They deserve it.

Whatever your plans are, we hope you have a great weekend. To ensure that, please act in a safe and responsible manner.

At the end of the day, we'll make sure to raise a toast to all workers - that their labor may be respected and not exploited or taken for granted.



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