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Preview of this week's Lake Placid News

July 12, 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 report on the return of World Cup luge competition, which is set for Dec. 15-16, at the Olympic Sports Complex on Mount Van Hoevenberg.

This is the fourth straight year Lake Placid will be hosting a World Cup luge event, and that means people will be able to see USA Luge favorites such as 2018 Olympic silver medalist Chris Mazdzer compete on their home track. USA Luge is based in Lake Placid.

Lake Placid News Editor Andy Flynn spent some time at the I Love BBQ and Music Festival this past weekend and gives us a couple stories about the event, including results and plenty of photos.

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There was sad news this week as a 54-year-old Saranac man rowing a guideboat died on Mirror Lake Monday after exerting himself while trying to help a stand-up paddleboarder who had fallen in the water.

Staff Writer Griffin Kelly stopped by the Lake Placid High School for this month's Eye on Education feature to speak with Principal Dana Wood, who is leaving his position to become the school district's new business manager. Wood reflects on his time as principal.

For this week's Artist Profile, correspondent Steve Lester interviewed 89-year-old Margo Fish, who owns a camp on Lake Placid lake. She spoke about her art, running the Boston Marathon and developing the camp property with her late husband.

In other news, the village of Lake Placid and town of North Elba both passed new sandwich board rules for the two business districts, Main Street and Saranac Avenue; the Hotel North Woods was recently sold; State police Troop B Commander Maj. John Tibbitts Jr. is being promoted to a higher position as staff inspector for the uniformed force statewide; and the state Department of Environmental Conservation gives tips on avoiding human-bear interactions.

In addition to columns from Naj Wikoff (On the Scene) and Martha Allen (Martha Sez), we have an update from the Zonta Club of the Adirondacks and a review of the July 8 Lake Placid Sinfonietta concert at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. In this week's North Country at Work feature from North Country Public Radio, we explore the unique conditions the Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service faces in a tourist town with international sports competitions.

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SPORTS

Caleb Smith's sliding career has come full circle. After growing up in Lake Placid and traveling around the world as a coach of some of the top athletes and teams internationally, he has landed back in his hometown where he will help coach American skeleton athletes in their quest for Olympic medals.

The Lake Placid horse shows wrapped up last week, and sports writer Lou Reuter interviewed first-year chairman Philip Richter during the second grand prix event. Richter said the heat presented a challenge during the first week of the shows, but entries and attendance were way up as participants were drawn to the beauty and atmosphere of the Adirondack mountain venue.

Skating correspondent Christie Sausa caught up with pairs skaters Ashley Cain and Tim LeDuc during their stay in Lake Placid last week for the opener of the Saturday Night Ice Show series. Their unique personal stories were reflected in their performance.

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OUTDOORS

Lake Placid News outdoors writer Justin Levine spent some quality time with his family and another couple and their four kids on Moose Pond. Check this week's Adirondack Expeditions page to see how the trip went.

LPN columnist Joe Hackett points out in his column this week how important so-called "granola crunchers" are to the local economy.

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