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Preview of this week's Lake Placid News

March 1, 2018
By ANDY FLYNN and MORGAN RYAN - Editor and Sports Editor ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - Correspondent/columnist Naj Wikoff connected with members of the Keene community this week for his On the Scene column to see how they are dealing with a racist remark that recently went viral on Snapchat.

The remark was made by a 2017 Keene Central School graduate who was a SUNY Plattsburgh freshman until last week, when an uproar from fellow students made her feel unsafe. Naj has an exclusive interview with the student, who says she "made a big mistake."

For this week's Up Close feature, Staff Writer Griffin Kelly stopped by the Olympic Speedskating Oval on Saturday, Feb. 24 to speak with some of the Olympians who were featured as part of Team USA's Winterfest event, including 1980 U.S. hockey team goalie Jim Craig.

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For this month's Adirondack Living profile, Griffin spent time with John Vallini, a Brooklyn native who moved to the Adirondacks 28 years ago and is happy to call the mountains his home.

In other news, we say goodbye to 80-year-old James "Humpty" Hoyt Sr., who was a ski patrol member at the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center since it opened in 1958. On Thursday, Feb. 22, while making the last sweep of the day, Hoyt died of natural causes.

Arts correspondent Steve Lester returned to the Lake Placid High School this week for an interview with student Cooper Holmes, who is playing the lead male character of Tony in the school's upcoming musical production of "The Boy Friend."

In addition to columns from Martha Allen (Martha Sez), Andy Flynn (Lake Placid Diet) and the North Country SPCA (Our Animals, Ourselves), we continue The Road to Easter column from members of the Lake Placid clergy, who are giving messages about Lent. This week, the Rev. David Ousley, pastor of the St. Eustace Episcopal Church, explains the importance of Lent. This week's North Country at Work profile from North Country Public Radio features a story about Dave Nichols, luthier and owner/operator of Custom Pearl Inlay just south of Malone.



The Lake Placid News finishes its coverage of the Pyeongchang Olympics this week with two full-color pages of locally focused content. Senior Sports Writer Lou Reuter caught up with the parents of biathletes Lowell Bailey and Tim Burke to get their perspective on their sons' careers, which appear to have ended after the team relay event on Feb. 23.

The village of Lake Placid was treated to a close encounter with several Olympic legends last week when Team USA Winterfest visited town with a group that included Eric Heiden, Meryl Davis, Charlie White and Sasha Cohen. Nothing like bringing in a few all-time greats with the village already in an Olympic frenzy during the Pyeongchang Games. LPN correspondent Christie Sausa provides readers with in-depth coverage of the event that includes interviews with the Olympians.

The Olympic spirit is always in the air in Lake Placid, so it's no surprise that kids growing up in the area are inspired to want to obtain international prominence. Such is the case for James Flanigan and Van Ledger, who decided to train and go to school full-time at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid. The two cross-country skiers clearly aspire to take their talents to the next level.

Meanwhile, the Lake Placid High School nordic team captured its fourth state title in a row last week. The high school team appears to have a limitless supply of high-level skiers coming through the program.



It has been a long time since the Cranberry Lake Wild Forest last updated its unit management plan, and Lake Placid News outdoors writer Justin Levine reports this week that DEC will be accepting comments for its next UMP.

News of school shootings and other heinous acts that seem to be proliferating in the United States right now has put outdoors columnist Joe Hackett in a gloomy mood as he writes this week's column.



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