There is a growing concern about increasing gas and food prices with an emerging fear for many about the impact this will have on winter heating bills. Businesses too will need to do more than just pass the increase cost on to their customers. Slowly the cost of most things we consume and services we use will continue to increase. Not a nice thought for this usually very positive and optimistic supervisor! Conservation will take place but, this time, that wont be enough. After all the adjustments in budgets are made and efforts to save implemented there will be serious consideration of how to deal long term with the situation. Conversation will turn to alternative ways to heat our homes and businesses. This will require information and resources to help make the right decisions. Im pleased to share that the Town of Plattsburgh is organizing an event to help address those needs. The Town of Plattsburgh will sponsor an Alternative Heating and Energy Fair on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Our goal is to provide information about alternate heating methods and share information about various agencies that might help homeowners with their heating needs. Many homeowners are not aware of the organizations that can help and offer assistance. Hotdogs and hamburgers will be provided during the lunch hour with some give-a-ways and raffles. We want to do our part to help our community meet its needs this winter. I believe that it is important to be proactive and address the situation before the winter heating season sets in. Steve Imhoff, Codes Enforcement Officer, is chairing the organizing committee and coordinating the days events. Im very pleased with the response he has been getting from a number of businesses and agencies that want to participate. It will take time for families, business and government to adjust to the many changes that are happening and the increasing energy cost we are facing. Our advantage is that, again, the North Country will work together with a sense of community to get through this. I look forward to seeing you on Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Town Hall. For more information,contact Steve or myself at 562-6800. Bernie Bassett is the supervisor of the town of Plattsburgh. His column appears regularly in the Clinton County Free Trader Today.