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Preview of this week's Lake Placid News

February 20, 2019
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 look at the millions of dollars of investment that the state of New York is making at the Olympic Regional Development Authority venues, most of which are located in Lake Placid.

The governor has also proposed spending about $80 million more in the upcoming state budget. ORDA officials sat down with members of the Lake Placid News and Adirondack Daily Enterprise editorial staff to go over details of the state's investment.

For our Up Close profile, Staff Writer Griffin Kelly visited the Olympic Sports Complex at Mount Van Hoevenberg to speak with manager Tony Carlino, who will be retiring after Feb. 28.

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Griffin talks to ORDA and tourism officials and business owners for this month's Eye on Business feature about how important the Presidents Day week is to the local economy.

Editor Andy Flynn stopped by the municipal toboggan chute on Mirror Lake Saturday night, Feb. 16, and reports on the Lake Placid Lions Club's annual toboggan races. He spoke to Lions Club officials and families who were visiting Lake Placid for the holiday weekend and week.

In political news, town of North Elba as Supervisor Roby Politi and Councilman Bob Miller recently announced plans to not seek re-election this fall. Councilmen Jay Rand and Derek Doty announced this week that they both will be running for the supervisor's position, and former Lake Placid village Trustee Rik Cassidy said he will be running for a councilman's seat.

In other news, Essex County is looking to regulate coroners, a bill introduced in the state Legislature would change the way the state Adirondack Park Agency issues permits for clear-cutting and the APA approved the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest plan.

For this week's Artist Profile, correspondent Steve Lester sat down with Mollie Ward, a SUNY Plattsburgh sophomore from Jay, about her artistic journey.

In addition to columns from Naj Wikoff (On the Scene) and Martha Allen (Martha Sez), we have updates from the Lake Placid- North Elba Historical Society and Lake Placid Rotary Club.

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SPORTS

The Lake Placid News sports pages are filled with champions this week. The Lake Placid High School boys and girls cross-country skiing teams were each crowned after taking down rival Saranac Lake at the Section VII meet.

Other champions included the Sara-Placid Squirt A hockey team that won the Tupper Lake Founding Fathers Tournament during Presidents Day weekend, speed skaters in the Heiden Challenge and, of course, bobsled and skeleton athletes at the World Cup over at Mount Van Hoevenberg.

In the feel-good story of this week's edition, LPN sports writer Lou Reuter brings readers a story about a boy from Florida who had never seen snow before Make-A-Wish Foundation organized a VIP trip to Lake Placid. The 8-year-old covered a lot of ground during his short stay - everything from a bobsled ride at Mount Van Hoevenberg to snowboarding at Whiteface Mountain.

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OUTDOORS

Lake Placid News outdoors writer Justin Levine hit the trails of the St. Regis Canoe Area for a ski. After starting out bundled up to fight off the sub-zero temperature, he and his friend finished in short sleeves and without hats.

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