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Editor's preview of this week's Lake Placid News

October 19, 2017
Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid News staff is thrilled this week to tell the story of a hometown boy who grew up to be the U.S. ambassador of Algeria.

It's true. John Desrocher - Lake Placid High School Class of 1982 valedictorian - recently took the oath of office as the new U.S. ambassador to Algeria and has since moved to the embassy in Algiers. He's been an American diplomat with the State Department since 1988. And it's all because he was inspired by the 1980 Olympic Winter Games. Check out the story on this week's front page by Editor Andy Flynn.

Staff Writer Antonio "Tony" Olivero spent time talking with USA Luge coach Fred Zimny at the association's headquarters on Church Street this week. On Friday, Oct. 13, Zimny was in Colorado Springs, Colorado receiving the Rings of Gold Award from the United States Olympic Committee for his work in the Slider Search Program. Learn about how a teenager from New Jersey got hooked on luge in the late 1970s and is now one of our nation's top Olympic luge coaches.

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Tony also reports on the latest news from the town of North Elba and village of Lake Placid. The North Elba town board has hired one of its own employees as the biodigester coordinator. The Lake Placid village board has gone on the record that it wants the train tracks between this village and Tupper Lake to become a recreation trail. And the village board awarded electrical transformer work for about $382,000.

There's plenty of news from around the Tri-Lakes region of interest to Lake Placid News readers, including four local projects that were named priorities for the North Country Regional Economic Development Council, an outdoor classroom partnership between North Country Community College and Paul Smith's College, a wage freeze among Paul Smith's College leaders, a Cape Air open house at the Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Clear, new state bridges opening in Lake Placid and AuSable Forks, water and sewer infrastructure grants for communities around the region, and the latest from the Lake Flower Resort project in Saranac Lake.

In addition to columns from Naj Wikoff (On the Scene), Martha Allen (Martha Sez) and Frank Shatz (World Focus), we have a monthly update from the Rotary Club of Lake Placid.

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