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Preview of this week's Lake Placid News

November 29, 2018
By PETER CROWLEY and MORGAN RYAN - Editors ( , Lake Placid News

It's a long way from Malone to Lake Placid - more than an hour by car and longer on a bus, with its many stops - but that trip is a daily reality for many of the workers who power Lake Placid's robust hospitality industry: from cooks to hotel housekeepers to nursing home aides.

The big story in this week's News, by Staff Writer Griffin Kelly, is about those workers, the business managers who have to adapt to their bus schedules and how they say an increasing proportion of their workforce commutes long distances - especially, they add, in the last few years as Airbnb has exploded and more of Lake Placid's housing has been converted to short-term vacation rentals.

It's an issue that ripples through all layers of Lake Placid life, so this in-depth report should be of widespread interest.

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Griffin also reports on some hot topics for Lake Placid schools: test scores and a police presence. the Lake Placid Central School District's third- through eighth-graders scored well below state average on last spring's standardized tests, but Superintendent Roger Catania says the way the state handles the tests means the scores don't reflect the local schools' quality. Also, we report on mixed reactions to the LPCSD board declining the sheriff-elect's offer of a school resource officer, and how paying for the service is an obstacle even in districts that say they want it.

Thanksgiving was last week, and columnist Naj Wikoff reports on Keene Central School's annual dinner and why people treasure this community tradition.

In other news, local breweries are making a special beer to raise money for victims of disastrous California wildfires, a local man is hitting the highways as a new state trooper, and upcoming events include Christmas in the Forks and the Holiday Village Stroll.

This week's Artist Profile is Christina Saunders, who after living here for 13 years is finding success selling her unique ceramics at a local gallery.

On our Opinion page, our editorial urges people to buy their Christmas gifts locally, columnist Annoel Krider decries federal actions that hurt wild animals, and local people share gratitude and ideas through letters to the editor.

Columnist Martha Allen muses whether ghosts would quit haunting houses if lighting fixtures were upgraded, and the Mirror Lake Watershed Association's Jessica Wimett touts the group's new website.



The Lake Placid Winter Sports page kicks off this week and will continue throughout the winter season. This week's version includes stories and photos of two hockey games played at the Olympic Center. The Saranac Lake Placid girls high school hockey team dropped a close one and Clarkson overwhelmed ECAC rival St. Lawrence a few days later.

Also on this week's sports pages, local tennis player Linda Friedlander is shown with her team after competing at Nationals in Arizona. Her team placed fourth in the 80s hard court division.

In other news, Chris Mazdzer made his World Cup debut as a doubles luger. The 2018 Olympic silver medalist in singles luge is pictured smiling with new/old teammate Jayson Terdiman.



The 63rd annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count is set to take place in late December, and local organizer Larry Master is recruiting people to participate. Master tells LPN Outdoors Writer Justin A. Levine that you never know what rare bird will pop up on that day.



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