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Preview of this week's Lake Placid News

February 28, 2019
By PETER CROWLEY and MORGAN RYAN , Lake Placid News

Sugaring season is almost upon us, and this week our front page leads with an exclusive Up Close feature on Adam Wild, the new director of Cornell University's Uihlein Maple Research Forest in Lake Placid.

This week's issue also has reports on the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism looking to raise the Essex County occupancy from 3 percent to 5 percent, and to put the added 2 percent toward development projects in communities around the county.

Short-term rentals, and how to regulate them, remains the hottest ongoing story in Lake Placid. This week we write about a recent national study of the pros and cons of the short-term rental service Airbnb, and on Airbnb disputing that study's conclusion that it should be taxed and regulated the same as any hotel or traditional bed and breakfast.

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Northern New York didn't used to have ticks, but now they are widespread. They carry diseases, including the well-known Lyme disease and the lesser known Powassan virus. A Paul Smith's College professor and her students have been studying tick-borne diseases, and a recent study by them found that Powassan - which can be fatal - is spreading rapidly throughout the North Country. Meanwhile, the state may cut funding for this research.

Election Day is more than eight months away, but candidates are lining up to run for seats in the town of North Elba.

Also, our region's congressional representative, Elise Stefanik, makes headlines for breaking with most of her Republican Party colleagues in an attempt to block President Donald Trump from using emergency powers to reallocate funds to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border that Congress has not agreed to fund.

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OPINION

Now is a great time to look for a job - that's the topic of this week's editorial. With unemployment rates low and employers desperate to fill positions, workers can find a lot of opportunities in the Tri-Lakes area. The annual Tri-Lakes Job Fair, the biggest of its kind in the region, is almost upon us, and dozens of employers will be there. This newspaper company is the fair's lead organizer, and a thorough guide to the fair and the employers who will be there is inserted into this week's News.

Editor Andy Flynn, in his Lake Placid Diet column, looks back at which strategies have been successful in helping him lose weight. Once-regular columnist Frank Shatz makes a special appearance this week to tell tales of Adirondack Great Camps. Columnist Naj Wikoff reports from New York City on a big Broadway fundraiser, and Martha Allen ponders octopi, space exploration and an amusing friend.

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SPORTS

The Lake Placid High School cross-country skiing team recorded several impressive results this week at the NYSPHSAA championships in North Creek. Lake Placid News sports writer Justin Levine was there at the Gore Mountain Ski Bowl, and he provides a variety of photos and a recap of the events in this week's paper.

This week's LPN sports pages also include a summary of the high school hockey team's improbable run to the Section VII tournament's semifinal round.

On the international front, the World Cup luge and bobsled seasons came to a close last week, and readers can catch up on all the action through detailed accounts of the finales.

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OUTDOORS

On this week's Adirondack Expeditions page, Justin Levine takes a closer look at the common redpoll, which was notably absent from this year's Christmas Bird Count list.

 
 
 

 

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