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Preview of this week's Lake Placid News

April 12, 2018
By ANDY FLYNN and MORGAN RYAN - Editor and Sports Editor ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - You wouldn't know it by looking outside, with snow squalls this week, but winter weather is finally coming to an end in the Adirondacks ... we hope.

One sign of this is USA Luge's annual Fantasy Camp, which caps off the sliding season. The Lake Placid News has a report from last week's fantasy camp, with people traveling from all over the U.S. to slide in Lake Placid like an Olympian.

In other USA Luge news, CEO Jim Leahy agreed to stay on for another four years, the organization has solidified its coaching staff, and two-time Olympian Erin Warren was named the new president of the board of directors, replacing Dwight Bell. Also Editor Andy Flynn reports on the positive effects of Chris Mazdzer's 2018 Olympic silver medal to USA Luge.

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On Monday evening, Andy stopped by the Lake Placid Elementary School to interview Principal Sonja Franklin, who camped overnight in a tent in front of the school. It was her side of the bargain if the students met their annual March reading goal, which they did.

Correspondent Steve Lester has an Artist Profile on the elementary school's art teacher.

Staff Writer Griffin Kelly spoke to LPES third-grade teacher Jason Leon about his involvement in an upcoming movie at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts titled "Angst." To address the growing concern of anxiety, especially in today's teens, the Lake Placid/Wilmington Connecting Youth and Communities Coalition will screen the documentary on Tuesday, April 24.

In other news, North Country Community College faces a budget shortfall, the village of Lake Placid may put moratorium on cryptomine operators, and American Legion Post 326 commander Jordanna Mallach is being named a Woman of Distinction by Assemblyman Billy Jones this weekend in Saranac Lake, where she currently lives.

In addition to columns from Naj Wikoff (On the Scene) and Martha Allen (Martha Sez), we have an update from the Zonta Club of the Adirondacks and the first monthly column of the year from the Garden Club of Lake Placid.



It may not feel much like spring, but the Lake Placid baseball and softball seasons were scheduled to swing into action this week. Weather permitting of course.

Lake Placid News sports reporter Lou Reuter spent much of the week chasing down teams for next week's spring sports preview section. Check this week's sports pages for an early look at the baseball team as they prepare.

Good news for skiers: Whiteface extended its season by a week and will hold its annual pond skimming event Saturday, April 14.

Also in this week's Lake Placid News, look for a story about LPN circulation director Tawnia Provost, who is planning to be part of a relay team that will run 300 miles from Portland, Maine to New York City.



With plentiful snowpack clinging to the floor of the local woods, Adirondack Expeditions columnist Joe Hackett is keeping his eyes and ears open for the unmistakeable signs of spring. ... Still waiting for that first loon call.

Outdoors reporter (and homesteader) Justin Levine also has an eye on the spring as he shares methods for planning your garden.



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