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Preview of this week's Lake Placid News

November 30, 2017
By ANDY FLYNN and MORGAN RYAN - Editor and Sports Editor ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - In this week's Lake Placid News, while the USA Luge senior team is competing on the World Cup circuit in Germany, office staffers at the Church Street headquarters are getting ready for the third Running of the Balls fundraiser in a couple of weeks.

ROTB 3, as USA Luge Marketing Director Gordy Sheer calls it, will be held on Dec. 15 at the end of the first day of racing at the Viessmann World Cup at Mount Van Hoevenberg. In this unique event, more than a thousand lacrosse balls make their way down the nearly 1-mile sliding track. People can adopt balls, and if they are a top-10 finisher or in last place, they get a prize. Learn how to adopt a ball and support USA Luge in this week's News.

Staff Writer Griffin Kelly caught up with Kim Rielly for this month's People at Work profile. She recently left a job as communications director at the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism in Lake Placid to be the new executive director at the Depot Theatre in Westport, her hometown.

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Griffin also reports on how some Main Street business owners view Black Friday and how the state Olympic Regional Development Authority has extended its season at the Mount Van Hoevenberg Cross Country Ski Center.

We also have stories on the state of the family-owned movie houses in the Tri-Lakes area, the sale of Saranac Lake-based WNBZ to Lake Placid-based WSLP, the food revolution at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake, municipal water-sewer upgrades in the region and broadband projects in the Adirondacks.

In addition to columns from Naj Wikoff (On the Scene), Martha Allen (Martha Sez) and Frank Shatz (World Focus), we have an update from the Lake Placid Public Library.



The Skate America event in Lake Placid was full of highs, lows and in-betweens last week as the top figure skaters in the world descended on the village for three days of world-class competition. Lake Placid News skating correspondent sorts through all the drama on this week's sports pages.

Speaking of world-class, Olympic level competition, Erin Hamlin passed another career milestone last week when she earned a spot in the Pyeongchang Games with her showing at the World Cup luge event in Winterberg, Germany. It will be the fourth Olympics for Hamlin, who won a bronze medal in the 2014 Sochi Games.

Also in sports this week, the combined Saranac Lake and Lake Placid girls hockey team played its first game as one unit last week. Now known as SLP, the team had to settle for an overtime loss.



Neil Luckhurst has raised a ton of money for the Adirondack High Peaks Foundation over the years, and is at it again this year with a new challenge. The Montreal chiropractor is hoping to summit the 100 highest peaks in the Adirondacks between Dec. 21 and March 21, something he is calling Project 100. Read more about it on this week's Adirondack Expeditions page.

Outdoors columnist Joe Hackett has found a way around relying on modern technology to navigate the woods. In this week's column, he shares a few tips for predicting the weather and determining location by using natural features.



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