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Pub holds blackout party during planned power outage

November 17, 2017
By GRIFFIN KELLY - Staff Writer ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - The scheduled nine-hour power outage Monday night, Nov. 13, may have seemed like an inconvenience for some, but it was a party for others.

While the rest of the village was a dark and quiet version of itself from 9 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday, the Lake Placid Pub and Brewery held its Blackout Party full of beer, glow sticks and music from DJ Alex "Funky Cold" Medina during the initial hours of the outage.

The pub offered a free drink to anyone who came with a head lamp or lantern.

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Locals and visitors gather at the Lake Placid Pub and Brewery during the power outage Monday night, Nov. 13, to enjoy beer, warmth and entertainment.
(News photo — Griffin Kelly)

Though many of the guests were from the Tri-Lakes area, a few were visiting and had no idea the blackout was even happening.

Nancy Zeigler of Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, said she and her friends weren't aware of the power outage but were probably going to end up at the pub anyway, so the night worked out just fine for them.

Thanks to multiple notices from National Grid and the village government regarding the date and time of the planned power outage, some people not only handled the blackout but had fun with it, too.

The outage permitted National Grid to fix a switch and exchange two poles on the 115-kilovolt transmission line that feeds electricity to the village, running along the railroad tracks from Saranac Lake. The repairs are being done to prevent future involuntary outages produced by faulty equipment, as happened twice this past year in Lake Placid: in February and June.

During the blackout, the U.S. Olympic Training Center was open for anyone who needed to stay warm. The center, located at 196 Old Military Road, was ready to distribute blankets and pillows and offer access to the internet. Pets were welcome as well.

The emergency room at the Lake Placid Health Center, in the former Placid Memorial Hospital at 29 Church St., was also open for anyone in need of medical assistance.

Electric heat is common in Lake Placid homes because power rates are relatively inexpensive, due to the village's municipal electric department. That means many people were without heat overnight, when the temperature in Lake Placid was forecast to reach a low of 26 degrees.



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