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Preview of this week's Lake Placid News

December 6, 2018
By ANDY FLYNN and MORGAN RYAN - Editor and Sports Editor (news@lakeplacidnews.com) , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - In this week's Lake Placid News, we begin a five-part series on the "Top 5 Environmental Threats to the Adirondack Park."

No. 5 on the list, written by Staff Writer Griffin Kelly, is overuse of the state Forest Preserve. Griffin speaks with officials from the Adirondack Council, Adirondack Mountain Club, Paul Smith's College Adirondack Watershed Institute and state Department of Environmental Conservation about how the growing number of humans in the Park is impacting the environment. The list was the result of a non-scientific survey of environmental groups and state agencies in the Adirondacks.

Editor Andy Flynn stopped by Mirror Lake Monday to take a photo of the lake, as it was covered with water from Sunday's rain, and he ran into a story in the making. John Bowe, of AuSable Forks, was about to live capture an injured snow goose at the beach area and hand it over to the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge in Wilmington. Within 20 minutes, Bowe had his goose. Read all about this story on the front page.

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Andy also spoke with USA Luge officials about their upcoming Running of the Balls fundraiser, which is set for Saturday, Dec. 15 during the World Cup races at Mount Van Hoevenberg. During the benefit, about 1,000 lacrosse balls roll down the nearly 1-mile sliding track, and people "adopt" balls, which are numbered, with the hope of winning a prize.

Inside the paper, Griffin reveals an investigation into Essex County Coroner Frank Whitelaw's allegations that the other coroners in his county are "lazy."

Outdoors Writer Justin Levine reports that the legal battle over the Old Mountain Road in the towns of Keene and North Elba is over.

In other news, it looks as though Airbnb is growing fast in northern New York's rural areas, the village of Lake Placid is looking to replace its parking meters along Main Street and Tammy Casey was named as the temporary Lake Placid High School dean of students and takes over the principal's position until June.

In addition to columns from Naj Wikoff (On the Scene) and Martha Allen (Martha Sez), we have another installment of North Country Public Radio's North Country at Work series, this time on the glove-making industry in Gloversville and Johnstown.

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SPORTS

And just like that, the winter sports season is in full swing. This week's Lake Placid News sports pages include photos and results from boys and girls basketball games as well as from the Lake Placid boys hockey team's opening tournament. The boys basketball team is off to a particularly strong start.

In other sports news this week, Emily Sweeney, a part-time resident of Lake Placid, completed her comeback from an ugly crash during the Olympics in February with a bronze medal at the World Cup event in Whistler, British Columbia. Also, the North American Cup bobsled and skeleton tour held an event in Lake Placid last week.

Looking ahead, Olympic gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White will take the ice in Lake Placid on Dec. 30 as part of the Stars on Ice Show at the Olympic Center.

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OUTDOORS

Lake Placid News outdoors reporter Justin Levine reviews a photography book that features the work of J.S. Wooley. Justin was impressed by the book, writing that it is much more than an average coffee table picture book.

Columnist Joe Hackett is enjoying the deep snow in the backcountry and the beautifully groomed trails of the resorts as winter has settled into the Tri-Lakes.

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