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Preview of this week's Lake Placid News

April 5, 2019
By ANDY FLYNN and MORGAN RYAN - Editor and Sports Editor ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - In this week's Lake Placid News, the state Olympic Regional Development Authority held its 5th annual Miracle on Ice Fantasy Camp from Sunday, March 31 to Wednesday, April 3.

Thirteen members of the 20-player U.S. hockey team from the 1980 Winter Olympics participated in the four-day event. They hosted 45 "campers" in the Herb Brooks Arena, named for the coach of the 1980 team. After defeating the Soviet Union 4-3 in the "Miracle on Ice" game, the team won a gold medal against Finland in February 1980.

In other sports-related news, Lake Placid's Andrew Weibrecht will be among eight skiers, boarders and snow sport officials to be inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and Museum on Saturday, April 6. As a Super G downhill ski racer, he won a bronze medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver and a silver medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

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The North Elba Democratic Committee recently selected its representatives in the race for town council this fall: Councilman Derek Doty for supervisor candidate and Bob Rafferty and Emily Kilburn for council members.

In other news, the three candidates being considered for president of North Country Community College met with students and members of the community last week; NCCC is finalizing its budget for the upcoming fiscal year; the state Department of Environmental Conservation is working with the town of Keene as The Garden trailhead to the High Peaks will be closed this summer; and the North Elba Zoning Board of Appeals denied a height variance for a Hilton-network hotel that would replace the main Quality Inn building on Saranac Avenue.

In addition to columns from Naj Wikoff (On the Scene) and Martha Allen (Martha Sez), we have an update from the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society and Editor Andy Flynn's Lake Placid Diet.



The Northwood boys hockey team is playing for a national championship this week in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Lake Placid News sports writer Lou Reuter caught with the team and coach Chadd Cassidy before they headed out for the long bus ride.

Lou was also on the scene for last weekend's IBSF Para Bobsled World Championships at Mount Van Hoevenberg. He writes a detailed account of the action and provides several photos from the event.

In other sports news this week, ORDA announced that the International Skating Union World Synchronized Skating Championships 2020 has been awarded to Lake Placid.



Outdoors Writer Justin A. Levine shares a fascinating story of a man who skied up and down Mount Marcy then jumped in his airplane and flew to Montauk on the tip of Long Island to complete a trip from the state's highest point to its lowest.

Columnist Spencer Morrissey brings readers another interesting adventure this week. He ventured to Blueberry Mountain for a hike he had never done before.



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