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Preview of this week's Lake Placid News

January 11, 2018
By ANDY FLYNN and MORGAN RYAN - Editor and Sports Editor (news@lakeplacidnews.com) , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - This week in the Lake Placid News, Editor Andy Flynn has the story about the Lake Placid Toboggan Chute opening this holiday weekend at the Mirror Lake beach.

The new chute, which was built by Jeffords Steel in Plattsburgh and erected last winter, was only open a handful of days last winter after opening for the first time Feb. 11. North Elba Park District staff have been busy preparing the chute, plowing the hockey rinks in front of the beach house and creating the popular skating path around the perimeter of Mirror Lake. Let's hope the weather cooperates and the toboggan chute stays open the rest of the winter.

In other news, Staff Writer Griffin Kelly spoke with Lake Placid High School varsity cross country running coach Mel Frazer for this month's Eye on Education feature. The varsity and modified teams have created a four-part Slippery Slope 5K Run/Walk series from January through April in order to raise money for the teams. Read about it on this week's front page.

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For the Arts page, Griffin stopped by the Upper Jay Art Center this past Sunday to report on the first January Jam of the season. He also performed. It's a good read, as he tells the story from a singer's perspective.

Also, we have reports on the Adirondack Park Agency possibly making a decision on the 91-acre Frontier Town project this week, the governor's State of the State address and what it means to upstate New York, the state Department of Environmental Conservation opening buildings at the historic Great Camp Santanoni in Newcomb for three weekends this winter, a forum in Glens Falls for Democratic congressional candidates running for New York's 21st Congressional District seat, and a series of new winter recreation maps that will be released soon.

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 story from North Country Public Radio features an interview with Adirondack North Country Association staffer Sharon O'Brien about communities re-planting trees after the 1998 Ice Storm. And after taking some time off, Andy Flynn returns with the Lake Placid Diet, telling the story about his near-death experience this past September.

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SPORTS

It should come as no surprise that with the Olympic Winter Games a mere five weeks away, Lake Placid's only newspaper should be jam-packed with Olympic-related material.

Tim Burke, a three-time Olympian headed to his fourth in Pyeongchang, South Korea in February, had a huge week in Oberhof, Germany. The Paul Smiths native who now lives in Lake Placid finished just off the podium with a fourth-place showing in a 10-kilometer World Cup sprint race. It was Burke's best finish since the 2013-14 season.

Also on this week's Lake Placid News sports pages, readers will find an account of Nina Lussi, an aspiring Olympian in ski jumping. Unfortunately, the Lake Placid native's Olympic dreams were dashed - for now - by a crash that resulted in an ACL injury. Sounds like she'll be back on the Olympic trail in no time, however.

LPN skating correspondent Christie Sausa kept a close eye on the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose, California last weekend, and she brings readers up to date on all the drama that went along with choosing Team USA's representatives for Pyeongchang. Many of the top American skaters were recently competing in Lake Placid at Skate America, while others have been mainstays around here for a long time.

Looking ahead to future Winter Olympics, the Schulz brothers - Karl and Scott - took another step in their careers last week at the U.S. Junior National Championships in Anchorage, Alaska. Both of the Lake Placid boys qualified for major international cross-country skiing competitions based on their performances in Alaska.

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OUTDOORS

Lake Placid News Outdoors Writer Justin A. Levine provides an update on the Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count that took place Saturday, Dec. 30. The annual count revealed a few surprises and a few other things that were more predictable.

Joe Hackett has gone outdoors for enjoyment his whole life, and he is amazed that it took the modern medical community this long to embrace the healing powers of being surrounded by nature.

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