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Editors' preview of this week's Lake Placid News

July 13, 2017
By ANDY FLYNN and MORGAN RYAN - Editor and Sports Editor ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - During the summer, much of our news in the Olympic Region comes from special events, which are enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.

This week in the Lake Placid News, the entire front page and many of the inside pages are dedicated to a variety of special events, from sports to the arts to community benefits for good causes.

We begin with a story by Editor Any Flynn that melds the music business with Lake Placid's tourism industry, a unique fan retreat for Irish musicians Byrne and Kelly at the High Peaks Resort. Neil Byrne and Ryan Kelly are members of the larger musical group Celtic Thunder, which many Americans have seen on PBS television channels for the past 10 years. This duo has been touring together for the past five years and chose Lake Placid to hold their first three-day fan retreat. A highlight was the concert on the front lawn of the Lake House at the corner of Saranac Avenue and Mirror Lake Drive, which was also enjoyed by residents and tourists walking by the tent. This story shows a new kind of event, not just for the musicians and fans but for Lake Placid's tourism industry. Could there be more fan retreats in Lake Placid in the future? It's possible.

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Staff Writer Antonio "Tony" Olivero stopped by the I Love BBQ and Music Festival at the Olympic Speedskating Oval on a rainy Friday, July 7, and spoke with one of the 40 teams competing in the barbecue contests, V licious BBQ from Massachusetts. The logo of the team, which regularly competes in Lake Placid, dons the face of a founding member, who just happens to be a vegetarian. Good story.

Tony also spoke with Bob Rose, a retired Air Force and Delta Air Lines pilot who lives in Wilmington and co-organized the first-ever Wings-N-Wheels fly-in and car show benefit at Keene's Marcy Field on Sunday, July 9. Proceeds from the fundraiser, which coincided with the weekly farmers market, were given to the Keene Fire Department and Keene Food Pantry.

On the inside pages, we've dedicated three stories to the centennial anniversary of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, which held its first Mid's Park concert of the season on Wednesday, July 5, first Sunday Symphony Series concert on July 9 at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts and a Pro Musica concert at the Hand House in Elizabethtown on Monday, July 10. Coverage was provided by writers Naj Wikoff, Aaron Cerbone and Steve Lester.

Tony Olivero also gives us updates from the Lake Placid contingent's trip to Lithuania to bid for the 2019 International Children's Games, the state of New York's infusion of $4.9 from the downstate-based Metropolitan Transportation Authority to help the state Olympic Regional Development Authority get through a rough financial patch in 2016, revelations about the lack of oxygen in Mirror Lake, and Essex County's proposed purchase of software to help locate online vacation rental listings to secure compliance with the county's occupancy tax and local rental safety regulations.

In addition to columns from Naj Wikoff (On the Scene), Martha Allen (Martha Sez) and Frank Shatz (World Focus), Dot Beatty gives us an update from the Garden Club of Lake Placid.



The Lake Placid Horse Show completed its two-week swing through the North Elba Show Grounds last week, and this week's LPN sports pages provide a wrapup of the action.

Senior Sports Writer Lou Reuter brings readers up to date on a changing of the guard in the horse show's leadership as longtime chairman Richard Feldman will be replaced by 47-year-old Philip Richter in the fall. Big shoes to fill for sure, but Richter has several ideas for how to maintain the continuity of the successful shows.

Staying on the short grass, the annual J. Peter Martin Whiteface Open golf tournament took place last week. Nick Politi won the men's tournament and Deborah Ward repeated as women's champion.

Skating correspondent Christie Sausa made it over to the Olympic Center last week for the Saturday Night Ice Show, and writes about guest skater Ross Miner. Miner has Olympic aspirations and used the performances in Lake Placid to hone his craft for the upcoming competitive season.

The LPN sports pages also feature full results of the High Peaks Cyclery Mini-Triathlon that took place July 10 in and around Mirror Lake. Warm temperatures attracted a hearty crowd for the weekly event.



On the Adirondack Expeditions page this week, intern Kevin Shea writes about a hike he took up Floodwood Mountain. He and Outdoors Writer Justin Levine enjoyed lively conversation and the expansive view from the summit.

Outdoors columnist Joe Hackett uses his space this week to write about the power of solitude. He finds that being alone can provide the mind and body with a much needed break in a world of cellphones and continuous communication.



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