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Editors' preview of this week's Lake Placid News

October 5, 2017
By ANDY FLYNN and MORGAN RYAN - Editor and Sports Editor , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid News this week highlights the state Department of Environmental Conservation's experiment this holiday weekend to shut down the parking lots at the Cascade and Pitchoff mountain trailheads on state Route 73.

From dusk Thursday, Oct. 5 through Monday, Oct. 9, the parking areas will be closed along the highway, enforced by police, and hikers will be rerouted to a trailhead at the Mount Van Hoevenberg cross-country ski lodge, adding 3.8 miles to the Cascade Mountain round-trip hike. We have all the details on this detour, including a map.

In other news, Staff Writer Antonio Olivero tells the story about how the DEC has employed drones to help with its work in the Adirondacks and beyond. In addition, Tony spoke with Forest Ranger Bruce Lomnitzer for this month's People at Work feature about his trip to Texas to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

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For this week's Up Close profile, Tony recently caught up with Anita Estling several days before she assumed the full-time role as Lake Placid village clerk.

We also have an update on the rail-trail debate in the Tri-Lakes, coverage of U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's Oct. 2 visit to Paul Smith's College, news of a partnership between North Country Community College and SUNY Potsdam and a report on Lake Placid's plan for hosting World University Winter Games in 2023.

In addition to columns from Naj Wikoff (On the Scene), Martha Allen (Martha Sez) and Frank Shatz (World Focus), Editor Andy Flynn's Stories from the Attic column tells the story about an artifact - a carpet bag - from the Adirondack Experience museum that helps tell the story about an immigrant family that settled in Elizabethtown.



The figure skating world lost one of its icons last week when Ludmila Belousova Protopopov passed away in Switzerland at the age of 81. Ludmila became a fixture on the Lake Placid skating scene over the years, and LPN skating correspondent Christie Sausa shares a touching remembrance of the gold medal skater in this week's edition.

Christie also provides a profile of a figure skater who plans to be among the many stars at Skate America, which visits Lake Placid in November.

In other sports news this week, the New York Rangers professional hockey team came to town for a practice session and other team-building exercises that took place around the Lake Placid region. The practice was free and local residents turned out in droves to watch the action and obtain autographs from their favorite players.

In high school sports, the Lake Placid boys soccer team played its senior game against Willsboro and came away with a victory.



On this week's Adirondack Expeditions page, Outdoors Writer Justin Levine writes about the ongoing efforts of the Upper Saranac Lake Foundation to rid the water of the invasive Eurasian Water Milfoil.

Columnist Joe Hackett provides readers with a little information about the habits of loons as they make their way down the coast to their winter homes. Loons are on the move as ice conditions creep toward the region.



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