LAKE PLACID - It's that time of year, winding down ski season with the annual pond skimming contest at the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center with winter's last gasp.
Senior Sports Writer Lou Reuter was there on Sunday, capturing the hilarity, and his story is in this week's sports section of the Lake Placid News.
Staff Writer Antonio "Tony" Olivero recently stopped by the Adirondack Community Church in Lake Placid during a free Community Lunch, held Wednesdays, and spoke with a team of volunteers for this month's Giving Back feature.
Tony also gives updates on the state education commissioner's visit to the region this week and our legislators' reaction to the newly passed state budget.
Outdoors Writer Justin Levine gives updates on the rail trail between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake and reports that there will not be a train operating in the Tri-Lakes for the first time since 2000.
As always, our columnists have been busy. In his On the Scene column, Naj Wikoff visited the Keene Central School to cover the annual international night, featuring food and presentations from the school's seven students studying here from abroad. Martha Allen prepares for Easter. And we have an update from the Lake Placid Public Library and the season's first report from the Lake Placid Garden Club.
Senior Sports Writer Lou Reuter was on hand last week at Generations Restaurant in Lake Placid when the village welcomed home Johnathon Piestrzynski, who had recently captured a cross-country skiing silver medal at the World Winter Games in Austria. Lou writes that about 50 or so friends and family turned out for the celebration for the Special Olympian.
Also in sports, the fun continued on Whiteface Mountain as the annual pond skimming contest took place to usher in the spring season. This event entails skiing down a slope into a waiting pool of water. Most of the contestants are dressed up in humorous costumes which make for some interesting photographs.
In the sports calendar, Lake Placid youth leagues are getting organized ahead of the summer. There are also a few other upcoming events listed for all ages. Look for how and when to sign up to plan out the rest of spring and summer.
On the Adirondack Expeditions page, Joe Hackett is on the move again. This time he is in pursuit of early season fish. Hackett appears in an excellent photo skidding his canoe across a trail of snowpack.
Outdoors writer Justin Levine gets readers caught up on the latest developments with Buck Creek campground, which is proposing to make several improvements to the popular location.
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