LAKE PLACID - The big news this week was the "big dig," as a nor'easter dumped more than 40 inches of snow in some parts of the Olympic Region Tuesday and Wednesday, March 14-15, causing states of emergency, road and school closures, canceled events and meetings and broad smiles throughout the skiing community.
Staff Writer Antonio "Tony" Olivero - whose car got stuck on his way home from the office Tuesday evening - walked around Lake Placid, capturing the moment by talking with residents and visitors and taking plenty of photos. This snowstorm was certainly one for the history books, and it's one Tony will never forget.
In other news, Tony stopped by Northwood School recently to interview the team of students that made a competition robot. He also has updates on the March 21 village election and referendum on dissolving the village court, the Lake Placid Inn project (former National Sports Academy building) and a Long Island endurance athlete's pursuit of breaking the supported Winter Adirondack 46er speed record.
In the arts department, the Lake Placid News has a preview of the Lake Placid High School's spring musical, "Lucky Stiff," which is being presented Thursday to Saturday, March 16-18. And correspondent Steve Lester wrote an Artist Profile about one of the musical's actors, sophomore Jameson Batt, but not for his acting process. Batt recently represented his school at a state finals for poetry. Our local students are multitalented.
As always, our columnists have been busy. In his On the Scene column, Naj Wikoff visited the Keene Central School to interview students, teachers and visitors during the annual Science Slam - part educational experience, part carnival. And Martha Allen dives into the world of social media.
Another weekend, another big sporting event in Lake Placid.
Last week, it was the cross-country skiing Junior National Championships that brought in some of the best young nordic skiers from around the country. The event ended up being held at the Olympic Jumping Complex because of a lack of snow at Mount Van Hoevenberg. (Hard to imagine with the more than 30 inches of snow on the ground right now.)
The Schulz brothers stole the show last week at Nationals. Karl brought in a gold medal early in the week and Scott captured a silver in the 1.5-kilometer sprint race. These Lake Placid boys are the real deal.
Speaking of the real deal, Lowell Bailey reached the podium once again when he took second place as part of a single mixed relay team along with Susan Dunklee, of Barton, Vermont. It's been one heck of a stretch run to the World Cup biathlon season for Lowell.
This week, Lake Placid will be teeming with college hockey players and fans as the ECAC final four comes to the Olympic Center. Harvard, Quinnipiac, Union and Cornell will each battle for the automatic bid that comes along with winning the conference championship.
In other Lake Placid News sports news, Lake Placid's own Duncan Segger was victorious in the doubles race of the Norton Junior National Championships and the SaraPlacid Pee Wee hockey team is headed to the state tournament this week in Buffalo.
The Adirondack Expeditions page writers have an eye on the spring as columnist Joe Hackett sorts out his tackle box in anticipation of the opening day of the season on April 1. Justin Levine details a few of the new rules and regulations to keep in mind when hitting the water to go fishing this year.