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Preview of this week's Lake Placid News

November 7, 2019
By ANDY FLYNN and MORGAN RYAN - Editor and Sports Editor ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - In this week's Lake Placid News, we cover the election results from Essex County government and the Olympic Region town's of North Elba, Keene, Jay and Wilmington.

Highlights include the election of Jay Rand as supervisor for North Elba, Roy Holzer as supervisor for Wilmington and Joe Provoncha as Essex County clerk.

We also learned this week that Mount Van Hoevenberg will be hosting two World Cup events for the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation in December, instead of just one. The Utah Olympic Park, which was scheduled to host the first World Cup of the season, is having problems with its refrigeration system, so the IBSF asked the state Olympic Regional Development Authority to host it instead. Editor Andy Flynn has a report on this situation.

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Halloween came and went, and we have a couple of stories related to the events that day. Staff Writer Elizabeth Izzo gives us a photo page from the Halloween parade in Lake Placid. And we have reports about the rain and wind storm that rocked the region on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. It caused flooding, road damage and power outages throughout northern New York. And the state Department of Environmental Conservation has issued warnings to people interested in going into the Adirondack backcountry because of damage to the trails in many locations.

One big story on the business scene this week happened when Hurley Bros. withdrew its proposal to build a propane-filling station on Old Military Road. The company was originally set to have the plan looked at again at the Nov. 6 Joint Review Board meeting, but an opponent of the proposal bought the property, taking away the opportunity.

State officials, including Assemblyman Dan Stec and Sen. Betty Little, were in Saranac Lake Friday, Nov. 1 to introduce the "Randy Preston Salt Reduction Act," proposed legislation that aims to reduce road salt contamination on Adirondack roads. It is named after the former Wilmington town supervisor who died this past summer. His widow, Michelle Preston, attended the event.

In other news, we preview Monday's Veterans Day events in Lake Placid and Keene and Tuesday's public hearings for the town of North Elba, the Lake Placid Village Board appointed outgoing North Elba town Councilman Bob Miller to become the new village justice, and the Showtime series "Billions" recently filmed scenes at the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center and along Veterans Memorial Highway.

In addition to columns from Naj Wikoff (On the Scene at the recent Northwood School musical on the Lake Placid Center for the Arts stage) and Martha Allen (Martha Sez), we have updates from outdoors columnist Spencer Morrissey, the Garden Club of Lake Placid and the Lake Placid Public Library.



The USA Luge team overcame challenging weather conditions last week at Mount Van Hoevenberg to fit in its Norton National Championships. The event was shortened to one day, which was fine with Jonny Gustafson and Summer Britcher who were crowned as champions.

USA Skeleton was also on the track last week, staging its Team Trials races that helped to name the World Cup and Intercontinental Cup teams for the upcoming season.

On the high school sports front, the Lake Placid cross country team turned in a strong showing at the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference championships, while the boys soccer team fell to its rival in the Section VII, Class C title game.



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