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Preview of this week's Lake Placid News

May 10, 2018
By ANDY FLYNN and MORGAN RYAN - Editor and Sports Editor (news@lakeplacidnews.com) , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - In this week's Lake Placid News, we have a variety of stories covering the devastating thunderstorms Friday evening, May 4 that knocked out power, phone and internet service for many communities in the Olympic Region.

During the storm, Lake Placid native Venessa "Lynn" Malerba, 60, was pinned down by a tree that fell on her while camping in the Pharaoh Lakes Wilderness near Ticonderoga. She later died at the Burlington hospital from her injuries. Malerba was a longtime gym teacher in Tupper Lake and a New York state licensed guide.

Staff Writer Griffin Kelly stopped by the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center Saturday, May 5 and reports that the power outage did not stop skiers from enjoying the final day of ski season.

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Editor Andy Flynn spoke with Adirondack 46er David Fitz-Gerald, who walked 50 miles from Plattsburgh to Lake Placid on Saturday through many of the communities that did not have power. He was re-enacting a 50-mile walk that Lake Placid postman Denny Miller finished in 1963 after taking up President John F. Kennedy's 50-miler challenge. What started out as a joke turned into a media sensation.

Andy caught up with state Olympic Regional Development Authority and USA Luge officials and reports that two sliding sports start facilities are planned for Lake Placid, one at luge headquarters on Church Street and a bobsled/skeleton start ramp at Mount Van Hoevenberg.

The state Adirondack Park Agency this week is considering amendments to the unit management plans for the Olympic Sports Complex at Mount Van Hoevenberg, the High Peaks Wilderness Area and the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest.

For this month's Eye on Education, Griffin spoke with Lake Placid Middle/High School Spanish teacher Jennifer Lawrence about a trip she recently led to Cuba with a group of students.

Last week, the village of Lake Placid lost its eminent domain case against the Adirondack Experience (formerly the Adirondack Museum) for a parcel on Main Street the village wants to use to build a parking garage.

Both the village of Lake Placid and the town of North Elba this week approved an 18-month moratorium on cryptomining within the village and town limits.

The village of Lake Placid and the town of North Elba held public hearings this week concerning possible changes to code regulations on signs and flags in the Village Center (Main Street) and the Gateway Corridor (Saranac Avenue and state Route 3). After they receive more input, the boards will come together in joint review to make updates to the code they deem necessary.

In addition to columns from Naj Wikoff (On the Scene) and Martha Allen (Martha Sez), our latest North Country at Work story from North Country Public Radio features a trip to North Creek to visit with Debbie Morris, co-owner and chocolatier at Barkeater Chocolates.

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SPORTS

The high school spring sports season cranked up to full blast last week as sunshine made a welcome return to the region. This week's Lake Placid News sports pages are loaded with updates on the local teams - everything from rivalry match-ups in golf and track and field to the tennis courts and lacrosse fields.

Also check this week's sports pages for a group photo from the opening night of the Placid Planet cycling time trials.

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OUTDOORS

With the outdoor recreation economy skyrocketing into the billions of dollars, Joe Hackett believes now is the perfect time to take a step back to conceive a comprehensive plan for handling this growth.

Outdoors reporter Justin Levine catches up with Paul Smith's College professor Lee Ann Sporn, who introduces a new academic program that focuses on environmental impacts on human health.

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