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Preview of this week's Lake Placid News

June 7, 2018
By ANDY FLYNN and LOU REUTER - Editor and Senior Sports Writer (aflynn@lakeplacidnews.com) , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - In this week's Lake Placid News, Editor Andy Flynn caught up with Ryan "Smiley" Grady, who participated in the 2,100-mile Carry the Load East Coast Relay. They began on May 1 in West Point, New York and ended on May 27 at Dallas, Texas.

Staff Writer Griffin Kelly interviewed Scott Schulz, a senior at the Lake Placid Middle-High School who is finishing his senior project. He made banners commemorating veterans from the village. In all, six flags will be hung near the American Legion Post 326 and Olympic Speedskating Oval.

Griffin also stopped by the Lake Placid Elementary School for this month's Eye on Education feature. On Saturday, June 2, volunteers from the school and the Barkeater Trails Alliance worked on the nature trail.

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In outdoor news, Outdoors Writer Justin A. Levine gives us a couple stories. One was about the Adirondack Council's study last fall between the Labor Day and Columbus Day weekends that found 35 parking areas designed to accommodate 1,000 cars had more than 2,100 cars trying to park at them during the peak weekends. Another was about a power outage in May that killed about 250,000 landlocked salmon fry at the state's Adirondack Fish Hatchery in Lake Clear.

In other environmental news, we learned about a study, funded by AdkAction and the Fund for Lake George, that found that the heavy use of salt used to de-ice state highways in the wintertime is responsible for most well contamination in the Adirondack Park. In light of that situation and salt pollution in the Park's waterways, the state Department of Transportation recently announced a new program to limit the amount of salt used around Mirror Lake in Lake Placid and a 17-mile stretch of Route 9N from the village of Lake George to the town of Bolton. And the state Department of Environmental Conservation last week inspected some questionable runoff into Mill Pond in Lake Placid.

In news from around the region, the state Olympic Regional Development Authority says the elevator to the summit of Whiteface Mountain that closed in the fall of 2017 will remain closed until next year as crews work on reconstruction. The village of Lake Placid board members Monday, June 4 decided to increase the parking meter fine from $25 to $35. And the Wilmington Historical Society will present the Wilmington Whiteface Heritage Celebration on Saturday, June 16, highlighting the town's historical connection to whiskey.

In political news, Staff Writer Aaron Cerbone recently sat down with congressional candidate Katie Wilson, of Keene, to talk about the issues.

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. For this week's North Country at Work story from North Country Public Radio, we have an interview with NBC5 Chief Meteorologist Tom Messner, who has been with WPTZ in Plattsburgh since 1990.

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SPORTS

Last week was sectional championship week, and Lake Placid came away with two fresh banners to hang in the high school gymnasium. Check this week's sports pages for color photos of the baseball and golf teams as they display their much-deserved trophies.

Also in sports this week, read about a major change in the leadership of the United States bobsled team and catch up with Lake Placid Horse Show star Paul O'Shea as he prepares for the two-week jumping extravaganza at the North Elba Show Grounds.

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OUTDOORS

Adirondack Expeditions writer Justin A. Levine and his dad climbed Height of Land Mountain. He writes that it was quite an adventure despite the fact that it was a pretty easy bushwhack with little to no views from the top.

Columnist Joe Hackett took a break from his usual job as a fishing guide to ... go fishing. This time it was for pleasure as he and his guiding buddies hit the water without having to worry about fussy clients.

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