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Preview of this week's Lake Placid News

July 5, 2018
By ANDY FLYNN and MORGAN RYAN - Editor and Sports Editor ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - In this week's Lake Placid News, we preview the I Love BBQ and Music Festival, which will be held on July 6-8 at the Olympic Speedskating Oval.

We also celebrate the Lake Placid Horse Show, which wrapped up Sunday, July 1, and the I Love New York Horse Show, which runs from Tuesday, July 3 to Sunday, July 8 at the North Elba Show Grounds.

In our Adirondack Living feature, Staff Writer Griffin Kelly spent some time with Lake Placid resident Mike Miller, who has been taking two weeks of vacation every summer for about 30 years to volunteer at the horse shows. That interview is the subject of our "We are Lake Placid" podcast this week, which can be heard on iTunes.

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In our Up Close feature, Griffin interviewed 18-year-old McKayla Langmeier, who placed third in Sunday's $75,000 Grand Prix on the final day of the Lake Placid Horse Show. She was the youngest rider in the field of 41 entries.

Editor Andy Flynn interviewed local entrepreneur and race director Greg Borzilleri, who is bringing back the classic Over Hill & Dale race for one last time on July 28. His parents began the race in 1979, which is a 5k run and combination 5k run/400-meter swim on the Lake Placid Club property and Mirror Lake. The last time the race was held was in 2001.

For this week's Artist Profile, correspondent Steve Lester spoke with 2016 Lake Placid High School alum Sophie Morelli, who will be holding a book signing from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 7 at the Bookstore Plus for her publication of poems, "Bad Habits."

In other news, a 30-year-old runner from Long Island died of heatstroke he suffered during the Whiteface Sky Race Sunday, July 1 in Wilmington; the Lake Placid village board approved its budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year; and USA Luge doubles athlete Matt Mortensen announced his retirement.

We also have columns from Naj Wikoff (On the Scene) and Martha Allen (Martha Sez).



The Lake Placid Horse Show came to a close Sunday, July 1 with the prestigious Richard M. Feldman Grand Prix at the North Elba Show Grounds. Kevin Babington was the big winner of the event that was marked by a difficult course layout and incredibly hot temperatures. Next up is the I Love New York Horse Show at the same venue.

Not far from the show rings of the horse show, youngsters were battling it in the Summit Youth Lacrosse Classic. Reporter Justin Levine was on site and met up with an interesting vendor who makes lacrosse sticks out of wood using the old-fashioned methods.

With unbearable heat descending on the region last weekend, nearly 500 figure skaters competed in the Lake Placid Figure Skating Championships as if it was the middle of winter. Correspondent Christie Sausa brings readers up to date on a few highlights from the competition.



Outdoors Writer Justin Levine provides readers with a timely review of places to swim in order to beat the crushing heat. His list of lakes includes spots from Tupper Lake to Wilmington, and many places in between.

Joe Hackett turned his attention to the local waters as well, but he was more interested in finding fish that he could convince to take his bait. Not much luck this week, but as always he enjoyed the search.



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