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Editors' preview of this week's Lake Placid News

September 7, 2017
By PETER CROWLEY and MORGAN RYAN ( , Lake Placid News

This week's issue leads with a preview of this weekend's big event.

"Ironman, Part Deux," as nicknamed by the News, is the Ironman 70.3 trithlon that takes place Sunday, in which the swim, bike and run legs are each half the distance of the 140.6-mile Ironman that was held here in July. September will be a little chillier. About 3,000 athletes have signed up, including local champ Amy Farrell of Tupper Lake, who had the best time of any woman in July's full Ironman. Senior Sports Writer Lou Reuter interviewed her and local officials for a story previewing the race.

Also regarding the Ironman 70.3, this week's Giving Back feature is on Fred Ryman of Lake Placid, who is heading up the "Media Motos" team. On the backs of their motorcycles, these volunteers will transport reporters, officials and other volunteers to points on the race course where they need to get but which are blocked off to cars. He talks about that job as well as his abiding love of motorcycles.

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School started here Thursday morning, a day too late to make this week's print edition of the News, but nevertheless, this week's issue is loaded with back-to-school stories. This week's Up Close feature is on George Smith, who's been driving a bus for the Lake Placid Central School District since 1979 - long enough to transport several generations of kids. Antonio Olivero reported and wrote that story, as well as one on a possible capital project at Keene Central School, one on what's new at St. Agnes School: an "Interactive Classroom" and a climbing wall. Reporter Aaron Cerbone contributed a story about changes to the Common Core school standards.

That's by no means all the news in this week's News. Other reports include a forum featuring seven candidates challenging our region's incumbent congresswoman, how a St. Regis Mountain hiker was lost and then found after two nights, a local dog rescue's efforts to save pets in Harvey-ravaged Texas, Wilmington's mountain bike festival, and an invasive beetle that kills ash trees - and its discovery in northern Franklin County.



Naj Wikoff, for his On the Scene column this week, reports on how rain from the remnants of Hurricane Harvey dampened attendance at this year's Olympic Car Show.

Editor Andy Flynn, in his Stories from the Attic history column, focuses on a rock - but not just any rock. This "Rock of Somalia," archived at the 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum Museum, was "presented to the windshield" of a U.S. soldier in a Humvee in 1993 amid fighting in that east African country.

As for the News' other columnists, Martha Allen (Martha Sez) writes about a particularly bad apple cider, Frank Shatz (World Focus) shares readers' messages on his last column reflecting on the violence in Charlottesville, and Dot Beatty covers a joint meeting of the Lake Placid and Adirondack garden clubs.

In this week's editorial, we explain why we think the state of New York should not go out of its way to preserve the Gooley Club hunting club buildings in what is now the Essex Chain Primitive Area - land the state bought to add to the Adirondack Forest Preserve.



Lake Placid residents Lowell Bailey and Tim Burke spent much of the summer in their hometown preparing for their fourth straight Olympic Winter Games. In this week's News, readers will get an update of how the summer went and how the biathletes are feeling going into the Olympic season.

Also on the sports pages this week are Lou's photos and story from the Lake Placid High School girls soccer season-opener against Chazy. The Blue Bombers were big winners against the historically strong team.



On this week's Adirondack Expeditions page, columnist Joe Hackett and Outdoors Writer Justin Levine are shifting into hunting mode. Justin writes about a new program from the state Department of Environmental Conservation that requires more interaction between hunters and the state, while Joe describes some of the more intimate aspects of hunting and hunting camp.



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