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Editors' preview of this week's Lake Placid News

May 11, 2017
By ANDY FLYNN and MORGAN RYAN - Editor and Sports Editor ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - It became an incredibly sad week in the Olympic sports community when everyone learned that the face of the U.S. men's bobsled team, Steven Holcomb, had died at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid over the weekend.

Staff Writer Antonio "Tony" Olivero and Senior Sports Writer Lou Reuter teamed up to track down members of the community mourning the loss of Holcomb, for the front page and the sports pages.

Tony was at the Olympic Center Monday, May 8 when the state Olympic Regional Development Authority hosted a 40th anniversary celebration of the groundbreaking for the 1980 Winter Olympic venues, including the ice rink where the U.S. hockey team won its famed "Miracle on Ice" game against the Soviet Union.

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Tony also visited with Ray Curran for the Giving Back feature about his life as an Adirondack ecologist in the public and private sectors. He will be honored with the 2017 Elizabeth Thorndike Adirondack Achievement Award at the upcoming Conference on the Adirondacks in Lake Placid.

Editor Andy Flynn reminds citizens in the Olympic Region of the upcoming school budget votes on Tuesday, May 16. Voters are being asked to approve spending plans and special referendums on spending and elect board members.

The News reports on two fires this week, one that destroyed a trailer at the North Elba transfer station on Monday and a dorm room fire at Northwood School that slightly injured a student on Tuesday.

Correspondent Steve Lester sat down with graphic artist Peter Seward to discuss his life and some projects for this week's Artist Profile.

We also have stories on the Paul Smith's College graduation, potential candidates who may run against Rep. Elise Stefanik for the 21st Congressional District seat in 2018, and the North Elba Town Council's approval of road and sidewalk emergency repairs.



In his tribute to Steven Holcomb, Lou Reuter explained that he has covered the bobsledder many times in many different venues and has gotten to know the champion pretty well over the years. Lou was there at the 2010 Olympic Games when Holcomb secured the first American bobsled four-man gold in more than six decades. Lou has also been there for most of Holcomb's World Cup performances at Mount Van Hoevenberg.

Lou always liked Holcomb, not only as an athlete but also as a person. Lou was visibly upset when he heard the news Saturday, May 6. This week in the Lake Placid News, Lou shares a few memories of the man's life that ended much too soon.

And yet the sports world continues on. Also on this week's LPN sports pages, you will find updates on the Lake Placid High School sports teams as well as results from the first of six races in the Placid Planet Time Trial Series.



On the Adirondack Expeditions page, Outdoors Writer Justin Levine brings readers along on a rafting trip down the Hudson River, which was running high and cold last Sunday.

Outdoors columnist Joe Hackett experienced a first during his travels in the woods last week. Despite many years of regular travel in the woods and fields of the Adirondacks, Joe had never been bitten by a tick. That changed last week on Cobble Hill, where he was looking at rare tafoni rock formations.



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