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Editors' preview of this week's Lake Placid News

July 6, 2017
By ANDY FLYNN and MORGAN RYAN - Editor and Sports Editor ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - The I Love BBQ and Music Festival usually coincides with the Fourth of July holiday, but it will be held a few days later this year, July 7-9. Along with the I Love New York Horse Show, it will give residents and visitors plenty to do this weekend in the Olympic Village.

The festival features competition sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, children's activities, cooking workshops, BMX bike shows, music from local bands and The Best Ribs in the East contest. It all happens Friday through Sunday at the Olympic Speedskating Oval on Main Street.

Although we have plenty of photos - happy memories - from the Fourth of July parade on Main Street, Lake Placid, the holiday brought us a sobering reminder of the dangers of swimming in places like the Flume in Wilmington, a popular spot along the West Branch of the AuSable River. Staff Writers Antonio "Tony" Olivero and Justin Levine report this week on the death of a 31-year-old Ithaca man who was swimming there in the swollen river Monday. Search crews found his body the next day.

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On the front page, we have two stories that explain the management transition at Cornell University's Uihlein Forest maple research and extension center on Bear Cub Lane. Editor Andy Flynn interviewed outgoing director Mike Farrell, who has been at the helm for 12 years, and Tony Olivero spoke with incoming director Joe Orefice, who left a teaching position at Paul Smith's College for this new job.

Correspondent Steve Lester gives us another Artist Profile this week, featuring the life and work of Lake Placid sculptor Robert Eccleston. If you've seen the altar at St. Agnes Catholic Church or the Art Devlin Sr. memorial statue at the Olympic Jumping Complex, you've seen his work.

In addition to columns from Naj Wikoff (On the Scene), Martha Allen (Martha Sez) and Frank Shatz (World Focus), Andy Flynn gives us the latest Stories From the Attic history column, this time from the collection at the New York State Museum.



Lake Placid News sports/outdoors writer Justin Levine had a busy week last week at the Lake Placid Horse Show. He met several interesting people amid all the activity at the North Elba Show Grounds, and brings readers behind the scenes to share the personal stories of the show's farrier and a vendor who travels the country selling saddles. A lot goes into making these horse shows happen and these two are important pieces of of the whole process.

Senior sports writer Lou Reuter rounds out this week's horse show coverage with his account of the $75,000 Devoucoux Grand Prix. Jimmy Torano emerged as the victor to end a recent cold spell.

Speaking of the cold, skating correspondent Christie Sausa takes us inside the Olympic Center where the ice never melts this week with her recap of the Lake Placid Figure Skating Championships. The event attracted top talent and provided skaters an opportunity to iron out their routines for later in the year.

In other ice news, bobsled legend Steven Holcomb was inducted into the USA Bobsled and Skeleton Hall of Fame at a ceremony last week. Holcomb, who died unexpectedly earlier this year, was the first slider to have the 10-year waiting period for induction waived.



On this week's Adirondack Expeditions page, columnist Joe Hackett warns of the high waters in the backcountry and on the local lakes and ponds. He's experienced these conditions quite a bit lately, all while getting chewed up by no-see-ums so thick that he can clearly see 'em.

Also on the Expeditions page, Justin Levine gives a rundown New York's bald eagle numbers that are reaching record-breaking numbers.



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