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Preview of this week's Lake Placid News

July 11, 2019
By ANDY FLYNN and MORGAN RYAN - Editor and Sports Editor ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - In this week's Lake Placid News, we report on the accidental death of a 23-year-old Lake Placid bartender who was found July 3 at the bottom of the Cascade waterfall.

Garsevan Bekauri, who worked at Top of the Park restaurant, fell two days earlier and was found by another hiker. Essex County Coroner Frank Whitelaw said Bekauri died within seconds of falling, probably a little after 5 p.m. on Monday. Whitelaw said Bekauri took a selfie with a digital camera at 5:05 p.m. in the Cascade Falls area, between Upper and Lower Cascade lakes.

We also wrap up the Fourth of July happenings in Lake Placid with a page of photos from the parade and results from the I Love BBQ and Music Festival.

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For our Up Close profile, Staff Writer Elizabeth Izzo stopped by The Mix radio station in Lake Placid and spoke with on-air personality and Program Director Ethan Gawel, who moved here five years ago from Rochester. On July 1, WSLP 93.3-FM merged with Tupper Lake's WRGR 102.1-FM to become The Mix.

In outdoor news, Outdoors Writer Justin A. Levine gives us three stories this week. The state departments of Transportation and Environmental Conservation are getting ready to release a plan for the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor. There is a new hiking challenge in the Adirondack Park called the ADK6Pack, which requires hikers to scale six different mountains within the Blue Line and then visit a locally owned brewery associated with each mountain. And frontcountry stewards began educating hikers at trailheads along the busy state Route 73 corridor this past week.

In this week's Artist Profile, correspondent Steve Lester spoke with Leslie Trottner about creating visual stories with old book parts. He also gives us the first Lake Placid Sinfonietta Symphony Series review of the season.

As part of North Country Public Radio's North Country at Work project, Editor Andy Flynn stopped by Bloomingdale to speak with recently retired Adirondack Park Agency Maintenance Supervisor C. George Hare. He worked for the APA for 30 years, first at the Paul Smiths VIC and then at APA headquarters in Ray Brook.

In other news, a committee from the Lake Placid North Elba Community Development Commission is looking to conduct a Lake Placid affordable housing study.

In addition to columns from Naj Wikoff (On the Scene at the 50th anniversary party for the Lake Placid Horse Shows) and Martha Allen (Martha Sez), we have an update from the Zonta Club of the Adirondacks.

And don't forget the Pets of the Week on page A2. Pigs? That's right. Two Lake Placid pigs. Married? That's right. It's wedded bliss.



The Lake Placid Horse Shows finished with a bang last week as Irish rider Kevin Babington made Lake Placid history by taking first, second and third place in the Great American Insurance Group Grand Prix. Lake Placid News writers and photographers were there to capture all the action during the historic sweep.

Another Lake Placid summer tradition, the Saturday Night Ice Show, featured two of the best pairs figure skaters in the country when Ashley Cain-Gribble and Timothy LeDuc teamed up to put on an unforgettable performance at the Olympic Center. LPN skating correspondent Christie Sausa talked to the skaters during their stay in the Olympic Village.

Also on this week's LPN sports pages, readers will find complete results of the High Peaks Cyclery Mini-Tri, an event that has taken place weekly for decades.



Adirondack Expeditions columnist Spencer Morrissey provides an informative rundown of activities not far from Lake Placid that can be done without much travel or effort. Natural beauty seems to be everywhere in this region.

Justin A. Levine also chronicles an easy-to-reach destination in the Hoffman Notch Wilderness Area, outside of Schroon Lake.



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