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Preview of this week's Lake Placid News

October 11, 2018
By ANDY FLYNN - Editor (aflynn@lakeplacidnews.com) , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - In this week's Lake Placid News, the community mourns Jeanne Ashworth, the former Wilmington town supervisor who died Oct. 4 at the age of 80.

Ashworth was best known as a speedskater, earning a bronze medal at the 1960 Olympic Winter Games in Squaw Valley, California, and competing in the following two Winter Olympics - in Innsbruck, Austria in 1964 and Grenoble, France in 1968.

Editor Andy Flynn reports on the state's creation of six cuisine trails in the Adirondacks, connecting farms, food and beverage producers, markets and restaurants in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties. The Adirondack Cuisine Trail Association planned the trails and gained approval through the state Department of Agriculture and Markets and state Department of Transportation.

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Staff Writer Griffin Kelly hopped on the Cascade Mountain trailhead shuttle Monday, Oct. 8 and spoke with hikers about their experience. For the second year in a row, the state closed all parking areas along state Route 73 at the trailheads for Cascade and Pitchoff mountains, essentially closing the trailheads. It forced people to either take the shuttle from Mount Van Hoevenberg or get dropped off by friends or family.

Griffin was in the town of North Hudson on Oct. 4 to cover a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the former Frontier Town amusement park. State officials were unveiling the first phase of the new "Gateway to the Adirondacks" tourism hub, which is located on Route 9, only a minute from I-87 Exit 29.

On Friday night, Oct. 5, Griffin went stargazing with amateur astronomer David Craig at the Norton Cemetery in Keene for this week's Up Close feature.

On Sunday, Oct. 7, Griffin attended the Flaming Leaves Festival at the Olympic Jumping Complex and spoke with some of the vendors.

In addition to columns from Naj Wikoff (On the Scene) and Martha Allen (Martha Sez), we have updates from the Mirror Lake Watershed Association, Zonta Club of the Adirondacks and Lake Placid Central School District (Blue Bomber Voices).

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SPORTS

Local ski jumpers and nordic combined skiers got a jump on the season - pun intended - during the annual Flaming Leaves Festival Sunday, Oct. 7 at the Olympic Jumping Complex. Sports/Outdoors Writer Justin A. Levine was there and reports on the action.

We also have a wrap-up from the Lake Placid High School boys and girls soccer, volleyball and cross country running teams.

USA Luge reported on its team results from this past weekend, when Pyeongchang Olympic silver medalist Chris Mazdzer led an American sweep of the men's podium Saturday, Oct. 6 as the teams attending a pre-season training camp raced the 1994 Olympic track in the annual Lillehammer Cup.

And Justin was at Mount Van Hoevenberg Friday, Oct. 5 to cover the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new trail up the mountain, just in time for the Columbus Day holiday weekend.

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OUTDOORS

After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Justin hiked to the top of the mountain on the new trail with Staff Writer Griffin Kelly and gives his impressions in another installment of "From the Field."

The Adirondack Gadabout - Joe Hackett - talks about all the people you'll find in the woods this fall: Woods walkers and leaf peepers, small and big game hunters, brook trout and salmon anglers, photographers, paddlers, hikers, peak baggers, rock climbers, etc. Winter may be coming, but it doesn't stop outdoor enthusiasts from having their fun in the Adirondack backcountry.

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