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Preview of this week's Lake Placid News

May 17, 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, a local real estate professional who is legally blind was recently given a boost by the community, which raised $10,000 as part of a crowd-funding campaign for an electronic pair of eSight glasses that will help her see again.

Tina Leonard, of Tina Leonard Real Estate, has been legally blind for five years, and she will be getting her eSight glasses soon. The unit has high-definition cameras and tiny monitors and looks like a pair of virtual reality gaming goggles. Lake Placid News Editor Andy Flynn stopped by her home office to talk about her blindness, how technology helps her sell real estate and rentals and about the promise of sight.

In this month's Giving Back feature, Staff Writer Griffin Kelly reports that the Eat ADK Restaurant Week, which was held earlier this month, began a new food drive to help the school Backpack Program and food pantry in Wilmington.

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Griffin also gives us an Up Close profile about Lake Placid's Susan Friedmann, the local rabbi's wife who originally hails from London, England and has an amazing story about her work life. She is also active in the Rotary Club of Lake Placid.

For this week's Artist Profile, correspondent Steve Lester spoke with Lake Placid High School junior Marina Gonzales about her artwork and life growing up in Japan.

In other news, all the budgets for schools in the Olympic Region passed in Tuesday's vote, and school board members were elected in each district; the state Adirondack Park Agency sent the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest and High Peaks Wilderness unit management plans to public comment; and there were graduation ceremonies at North Country Community College and Paul Smith's College last weekend.

In addition to columns from Naj Wikoff (On the Scene) and Martha Allen (Martha Sez), we have updates from the Rotary Club of Lake Placid and Zonta Club of the Adirondacks. And our latest North Country at Work story from North Country Public Radio features a woman from Hammond who went from the farm to working in special education.

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SPORTS

The War Horse has gone to pasture. Three-time Olympian Andrew Weibrecht, a silver and bronze Olympic medalist, is hanging up his skis and poles after a very successful alpine skiing career. Lake Placid News Senior Sports Writer Lou Reuter caught up with Weibrecht to chat about his retirement plans.

Another local Olympic medalist -- Chris Mazdzer -- has taken a couple weeks off from his luge training to compete on the reality TV show Dancing with the Stars. Check this week's LPN sports pages to see if he made the cut to remain on the show.

In other sports news, it was another jam-packed week of high school sports action with each of the teams competing last week.

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OUTDOORS

Columnist Joe Hackett writes an appreciation of fellow guide Lynn Malerba, who died tragically while on a trip in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness.

Lake Placid News Outdoors Writer Justin Levine gives readers a few suggestions for those looking to hike in marshy areas where the wildlife is abundant.

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