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Preview of this week's Lake Placid News

January 18, 2018
By ANDY FLYNN and MORGAN RYAN - Editor and Sports Editor ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - In addition to news about Gov. Cuomo proposing $62.5 million for upgrades to venues operated by the state Olympic Regional Development Authority, the Lake Placid News this week has some great profiles.

Staff Writer Griffin Kelly stopped by the Upper Jay Art Center's first January Jam of the season and was struck by the performance of 18-year-old Caitlin Bloom, a 2017 AuSable Valley High School graduate who teaches skiing and snowboarding at Whiteface Mountain. For this week's Up Close feature, Griffin spoke with Caitlin about her music, job and aspirations for the future. In short, she's enjoying time off from school and her life in the Adirondack Mountains.

For this month's Giving Back profile, Griffin interviewed Lake Placid Middle School teacher Kristin Tice about a fundraising campaign for Lake Placid Connections for Change. Adopting a pair of sneakers similar to Converse All-Stars as the logo, the program seeks to create a positive environment for students in the Lake Placid middle and high schools.

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Steve Lester gives us another installment of the Artist Profile. He spent time with local artist Kate Sears, who makes wizard stones, fairy gems, elf ears, crystal crowns and more. She sells most of her products at anime and comic book conventions, Renaissance fairs and fairy festivals.

Keene Valley correspondent Naj Wikoff covered the town of Keene's recent reception honoring five people for more than 140 combined years of service to the community. They are Connie Hickey (town board/town judge), Gary Manley (highway department), Donna Reed Austin (tax collector), Paul Martin (town board member) and Marcy LeClair (Keene librarian).

In addition to columns from Naj Wikoff (On the Scene), Martha Allen (Martha Sez) and Andy Flynn (Lake Placid Diet), this week's North Country at Work story from North Country Public Radio features the couple who founded the Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center in Benson and the husband and wife who run it today.



The top freestyle athletes in the world will congregate in Lake Placid this weekend as aerialists take center stage for two days of World Cup action at the Olympic Jumping Complex. Several participants will have their Olympic fates hanging in the balance as they flip, twist and spiral up and over the steep slope in search of the necessary criteria.

Over the years, Lake Placid has been a destination for speedskaters looking to take it to the next level. A few products of the current program that is run by Tom Miller took an Olympic shot last week in Wisconsin at the U.S. speedskating trials. None of the group was named to the team, but it appears many of them will be back in four years to give it another try.

The high school sports seasons are heading into the homestretch, as the girls basketball team picked up an important victory over rival Saranac Lake and the cross-country skiing team hosted a large meet over the past week. Stay tuned for their march into the postseason.



The Paul Smith's College VIC recently hired a new general manager and program coordinator to run its operation. Lake Placid News Outdoors Writer Justin A. Levine sat down with the tandem this week for an interview that brought to light some of their ideas for the future of the property.

Columnist Joe Hackett is looking ahead himself as he ponders what's to come with the revitalization of Frontier Town.



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