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Preview of this week's Lake Placid News

May 16, 2019
By ANDY FLYNN and MORGAN RYAN - Editor and Sports Editor ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - In this week's Lake Placid News, Outdoors Writer Justin A. Levine stopped by Generations restaurant on May 7 for a training session on Leave No Trace practices in the backcountry.

The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism organized the LNT workshop for its team of ambassadors that use social media to promote the Adirondacks. Learning the LNT basics is designed to send a unified message to hikers, campers and paddlers about taking care of the environment while they are enjoying the great outdoors.

"Using those seven principles will help people recreate responsibly," said workshop leader Seth Jones, of the Adirondack Mountain Club. "We all need to be helping with this message; it's not just organizations like (the state Department of Environmental Conservation) or (Adirondack Mountain Club). And what I think is really amazing with ambassadors is they have their own audience. It's more of a peer-to-peer audience, and that can be really influential in changing behavior."

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In other news, the state Olympic Regional Development Authority recently began its work on upgrading the Olympic Jumping Complex. In addition to installing refrigerated frost rail systems on the 90- and 120-meter jump inruns and regrading of the landing hills, the facility will have a new gondola, glass-enclosed elevator and zip lines by the fall.

We continue our preview of the Lake Placid Marathon and Half - coming Sunday, June 9 - by interviewing half-marathon runner Andrea Harwood Palmer, of Queensbury. She hasn't competed in the race since 2014. It was her first half marathon, and she's looking forward to coming back.

It's graduation time in the Adirondacks, and our two local colleges held commencement ceremonies this past weekend - both on Saturday, May 11. Our team of reporters was there - Jesse Adcock and Elizabeth Izzo - to capture the moments from North Country Community College and Paul Smith's College graduations. We also have a report on NCCC hiring a new president, the college's vice president for academic affairs, Joseph Keegan.

Correspondent Steve Lester gives us another Artist Profile, this time on Lake Placid High School alum Tony Miller, who was active in high school theater productions and earned a degree in English literature from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. Currently an employee of The Bookstore Plus and recently an adjunct English teacher at Paul Smith's College, Miller is at a crossroads in his life and plans to travel soon.

There are plenty more stories, news tidbits and features in this week's Lake Placid News, including the Pet of the Week on page A2.

On the Opinion pages, we have an On the Scene column from Naj Wikoff about the possibility of creating an arts commission in Lake Placid, a World Focus update from former Lake Placid resident Frank Shatz and a heartfelt introductory story from the News's new staff writer Elizabeth Izzo, who first learned through the regional library system that there is another Elizabeth Izzo in Lake Placid. Yes, two Elizabeth Izzos, but only one works at the local newspaper.



This week's Olympic Region Sports pages lead off with a story by reporter Justin A. Levine, who caught up with two-time luge Olympian Jayson Terdiman. Terdiman looks back at his first season with doubles partner Chris Mazdzer and says he's very much looking forward to what the duo can accomplish in the upcoming season.

Whiteface Club golf pro J. Peter Martin kicked off the season at the resort with a tee shot that had onlookers thinking of warmer days ahead despite the pouring rain that was pelting down on their umbrellas.

The Lake Placid High School sports scene is well-represented in this week's Lake Placid News with stories and photos from the tennis, lacrosse, golf, baseball and softball teams.



Columnist Spencer Morrissey writes about a mellow fishing/canoeing he took in the St. Regis Canoe Area. Interesting to read that such an experienced outdoorsman was a little shaky in a canoe. He's much more comfortable in a kayak apparently.

Justin A. Levine uses his space this week to describe some of the habits of the brown-headed cowbird, a bird he spotted on his home feeder.



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