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Editors' preview of this week's Lake Placid News

March 30, 2017
By ANDY FLYNN and MORGAN RYAN - Editor and Sports Editor ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - Most players from the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team were in town this week participating in the third annual Miracle on Ice Fantasy Camp.

The 14 Olympians who returned to Lake Placid joined 55 campers from around the world from Sunday, March 26 to Thursday, March 30. The fantasy camp is treated like a real professional hockey season, only it's boiled down into three days of intensity, including a draft for the four teams, signing of contracts, regular season games and medal games. The Olympians coached and played on the teams with the campers. This week's Lake Placid News has some of the highlights.

Staff Writer Antonio "Tony" Olivero spent time with Madame Hawoye Fassoukoye of Timbuktu, Mali, who visited the Tri-Lakes region to learn about the Adirondack Park's Timbuctoo. She made stops at Paul Smith's College, the Lake Placid High School and the John Brown Farm State Historic Site on March 23. In our Up Close feature this week, we follow her trip through the region.

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Tony also gives updates on the former National Sports Academy building, the upcoming Lake Placid Central School District vote, the potential effects of President Donald Trump's federal budget on the North Country and the state Olympic Regional Development Authority's plans for improvements at the three alpine ski centers it operates.

On the Arts page, correspondent Steve Lester writes an Artist Profile on the circus company that spent six weeks in Lake Placid preparing for a show that will premiere Friday, March 31 at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

With the help of USA Luge's Gordy Sheer, Editor Andy Flynn compiled a photo page of luge athletes posing with the posters they recently received from Lake Placid Elementary School students and staff. The effort was part of this year's Operation Home Team, designed to welcome the USA Luge athletes back to Lake Placid for the seeding races and congratulate them on another successful World Cup season.

As always, our columnists have been busy. In his On the Scene column, Naj Wikoff visited the LPCA to talk with four artists who presented a new show at the gallery Friday, March 24. Sabine Weber steps in for the Our Animals, Ourselves column to talk about nutrition for pets. And Martha Allen gives a spring update from Keene Valley.



Lake Placid senior Kamm Cassidy's high school hockey career came to an abrupt halt last month when the Blue Bombers were upset in the semifinal round of the Section VII tournament. League and state officials made sure Cassidy has something to show for his brilliant play between the pipes, though, as he was awarded the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference's most valuable player award. He was also recognized as a second-team all-state player.

Three other Lake Placid players - Sean Moore, Ryan Kane, Bjorn Kroes and Kevin Geesler - were also named to the all-CVAC squad. More details can be found on page A11 of this week's Lake Placid News.

Local Olympians were in town last week, making a final stop in Lake Placid before they take a month off to rest up after a long season of traveling around the world. Senior sports writer Lou Reuter catches up with luge athletes Erin Hamlin and Chris Mazdzer to get an idea of what they thought of the season and what they look forward to in the future.

Lowell Bailey, who won the first American world championship gold medal in biathlon this winter, competed in Vermont last weekend for the U.S. Biathlon National Championships. He goes into the off-season with a full head of steam.

Tommy Biesemeyer, a member of the U.S. alpine ski team, visited New York Ski Educational Foundation athletes to provided tips to the young skiers. NYSEF skiers Inez Burkhard and Sarah Bennett are also pictured in this week's LPN with a collection of awards they won against elite competition.

On the Adirondack Expeditions page, Outdoors Writer Justin Levine writes about a study of a rare elm tree at the site of the old red barn in Keene that appears to be resilient to Dutch elm's disease. Scientists from The Nature Conservancy are studying the tree's properties.

Outdoors columnist Joe Hackett isn't all that optimistic about his chances of landing too many fish this weekend during the April 1 opener of trout season, but he sure is willing to give it a go.



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