The Lake Placid/Essex County Visitors Bureau Annual Dinner held last Thursday highlighted the accomplishments of Essex Countys longstanding business and governing community. While we look toward the future of the region with optimism, the event was a chance to thank a certain member of our community for her dedicated work in her town and the worldwide relationships that she fostered in the name of Lake Placid. Longtime Town of North Elba Supervisor Shirley Seney gave over thirty years of her life to the commitment for the continual betterment of her beloved Adirondack region. Outspoken for the developmental needs for her town, she created and maintained lifelong relationships with locals and outsiders alike. From the epic stories of Shirleys travels around the world representing Lake Placid and pinning nearly everyone with our name, to her riotous sense of humor; as well as striving to be one of the greatest cow-milking supervisors of our time, her legacy to this area is long and colorful. Shirley represents the kind of optimism and drive that defines our communities. Believe me, on those cold winter days when Im walking to work and I cant even feel my face I do occasionally wonder why I put up with the weather, but its the people who make the difference. Its people like her and all those over the years that shes inspired who make our communities a better place to live and work. I may be of a different generation than Shirley and most of her colleagues, but from what Ive witnessed so far, the commitment to the Adirondack way of life lives on in an ever forceful and confident manner. New leaders take on the continuously evolving responsibilities and will certainly stand up for the Adirondacks as passionately as Shirley has for over thirty years and has pledged to do for a long time to come.