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Preview of this week's Lake Placid News

November 27, 2019
By ANDY FLYNN and MORGAN RYAN - Editor and Sports Editor ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - In this week's Lake Placid News, we continue our look at the 40th anniversary of the 1980 Olympic Winter Games with an overview of the many events that are planned this February.

Some of the programs will be happening at the Lake Placid Olympic Museum, located at the Olympic Center. Director Alison Haas announced that the museum will be unveiling two exhibits, one on the National Weather Service Olympic Support Unit and one called "Totally '80" with some of the staff's favorite 1980 artifacts from the collection. There will also be a birthday party for the 1980 mascot, Roni Raccoon, and an "Artifact Night" where the public will be invited to bring their favorite 1980 artifacts from home and tell stories about them.

Lake Placid is hosting another Viessmann Luge World Cup this weekend at Mount Van Hoevenberg, and that means another Running of the Balls fundraiser for USA Luge on Saturday. See about 1,000 lacrosse balls race down the sliding track. Better yet, adopt a ball or two. There are plenty of prizes. Check out this preview on the front page for more information.

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With Thanksgiving this week - happy Thanksgiving, by the way - Staff Writer Elizabeth Izzo stopped by the Lake Placid Elementary School on Friday, Nov. 22 to report on a unique holiday meal that included some middle schoolers. It's called Friendsgiving.

The Cloudsplitter gondola at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center in Wilmington is getting some much-needed TLC. On Nov. 22, the state Olympic Regional Development Authority's Board of Directors approved a more than $2.4 million contract to overhaul the system. Elizabeth was there and has the details.

On Nov. 20, there was a community meeting at the Keene Valley firehouse regarding the hiker parking problem the town has been experiencing. Residents weighed in with concerns and ideas, and Keene Supervisor Joe Pete Wilson Jr. gave the audience an update on the situation.

In addition to columns from Naj Wikoff (On the Scene about a drug addiction meeting at the Lake Placid Middle/High School), Annoel Krider (Our Animals, Ourselves about dogs getting lonely) and Martha Allen (Martha Sez), we have an update from the Zonta Club of the Adirondacks and an outdoors column from Spencer Morrissey, who took a hike at the Fernow Plantation and Trail near Tupper Lake.



This week's Lake Placid News sports pages are covered in luge news. Editor Andy Flynn writes a comprehensive preview of the World Cup event that is making its annual stop at Mount Van Hoevenberg this weekend. Andy describes what to expect in the two-day event taking place Saturday, Nov. 30 and Sunday, Dec. 1.

Summer Britcher and Emily Sweeney lead the USA women's luge team, and both have a realistic shot at ending up with the overall World Cup championship this season, a feat that has never been accomplished by an American woman.

Also on this week's sports pages, readers will find an update from the USA Bobsled and Skeleton team as the World Cup national team was announced and the Intercontinental team competed in Russia.



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