The Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce is full of young energy now, which is excellent. The new board president, 29-year-old Adam Boudreau of Kentile Excavating, was still in high school during the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001; we remember him from a panel of local teenagers we interviewed shortly afterward.
The new vice president, Faith McClelland of The Wild Center, Secretary Andrea LaMere of the Tupper Lake Central School District and board member Krit LaMere of the Wawbeek Quick Stop are all in their early or mid 30s, and board members Hanna Littlefield of Adworkshop and Clarence Bell of the Tupper Lake Golf Club are in their 20s. The majority of the 11-member board is under 40.
For all the worry throughout the North Country about young people not returning to their hometowns to stay, these did. It's great to have them so involved.
It's also wonderful to have five more experienced people on the chamber board as well: Sandra Strader, David Tomberlin, Sally Gross, Dan McClelland and the Rev. Rick Wilburn. They've spent many years in this community giving service and gaining wisdom.
This board seems like a good mix with which to face an uncertain future.
Tupper Lake faces major economic challenges, and it can be hard for many local business veterans to know what to do at this particular point in history. Also, people who have given so much over so many years may have less fuel left in their tank. We're grateful that younger people in the community have the courage and energy to step up and lead. We wish them good fortune and fortitude.
Tupper Lake's road to revival probably won't be easy, but with a bunch of active young entrepreneurs, the community is better prepared to deal with the present and future challenges.