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Preview of this week's Lake Placid News

January 4, 2018
By ANDY FLYNN and MORGAN RYAN - Editor and Sports Editor ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - As we head into the new year, the Lake Placid News continues to profile some of the people who make the Olympic Region one of the best places to live and visit on Earth.

Our lead story comes from Staff Writer Griffin Kelly, who spoke with local real estate man Bob Maswick about his four-season adventures in the Adirondack Park. He can be found on trails in any weather, hiking, cross-country skiing and mountain biking. This is a new monthly feature for 2018 called Adirondack Living, named after our popular real estate guide.

Griffin also spent time at the Mount Van Hoevenberg Cross Country Ski Center looking for people to interview for this week's Up Close profile and ran into Susie Smith, of Essex, working at the Green Goddess concession stand. The focus of this feature is not her seasonal work at the ski center; rather, Griffin interviewed her about her small business, making DAK Bars and selling them around the region.

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For our Artist Profile, correspondent Steve Lester traveled to Upper Jay to meet stained glass artist Kim Frank. She operates Riverglass Studio next to the Upper Jay post office. A Pennsylvania native, she's been in the Adirondacks for the past 30 years.

In addition to columns from Naj Wikoff (On the Scene), Martha Allen (Martha Sez) and Frank Shatz (World Focus), this week's North Country at Work feature from North Country Public Radio features an interview with a Potsdam mail carrier who recently retired after being on the job since 1989.



The Lake Placid girls hockey team got itself rolling over the holidays with a victory in its own tournament. The Blue Bombers have teamed up with players from Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake this year, a move that has paid off as they move into the later part of the schedule.

Lake Placid has always been a hot bed for nordic skiers, and this year is no different as the Blue Bombers brought a limited roster down to Queensbury for a big meet in bitter cold temperatures.

Back home, Stars on Ice put on quite a show at the Olympic Center as former Olympic gold medalists performed in front of an eager crowd in Lake Placid. Kristi Yamaguchi, Paul Wylie, Kimmie Meissner - these are the best of the best and they were only a few of the stars in attendance.

Also on this week's sports pages, the USA Luge team is set to resume its World Cup season in the boutique village of Koenigsee, Germany. The Olympics are right around the corner.



On this week's Adirondack Expeditions page, Justin Levine catches up with retired forest ranger Gary Lee, who was awarded with the M. Paul Keesler Outdoor Citizen Award by the New York State Outdoor Writers Association.



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