Opinion: Hopkinton has a lot to offer the region, says resident
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 8:34 am

To the Editor:

A reoccurring theme I've heard mentioned by many wind turbine lease holders is: "we have open fields, wind and cow manure" and “the only industry interested in us so far is prisons." It's not all of them that say this and it's not coming from the folks who are against them.

I take offense to this statement! I made a count of businesses in and around Hopkinton and counted 40. Here's what I came up with:

Lydia's Brook Campsite, Eakins Shavings Mill, Norco Farms, Genaway Oil Co., Lamphere's Market, Adirondack Growers Mkt., LDR., LLC-Tim & Dan Helfter, Triple H Beef Farm, NuMed, Inc (employs 80+ in heart catheters & stents mfg), Lamphere's Garage, Helfter's Sheep Farm, Wilburs Hardware, Birchland Fresh Farm Produce- sells to chef's in Lake Placid!, Forest View Heifers, Tree's Treasures-handmade jewelry, Bisnett Welding, Jeff Crump Construction, Wendy Crump DJ Svc, Collette Parmer Photography, Toomey Bros. Logging,Twin Pines Store, Nicholville Telephone, SLIC Internet Solutions,Sam's Tents Rental, Jed Engel Autos, area daycare business, numerous rental properties, Baldwins Agri-drainage, Ernest Wood's Fire Equipment Sales, Camp Mandaville, Adirondack Solar Co. and the many Amish businesses, CSA Farm fresh produce, Construction, Farrier svc, horse training, saw mills, baked goods, lawn furniture, Kelly's sawmill, and a new Dollar General Store in the works! We can boast of a wonderful library, museum, and two town parks — one in the historic register and one on the beautiful St. Regis River.

We have lots more than they think — cow pies — don't forget who feeds you too! The hardworking farmer!

Cindy Niles