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Preview of this week's Lake Placid News

July 3, 2019
By ANDY FLYNN and MORGAN RYAN - Editor and Sports Editor ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - In this week's Lake Placid News, we say goodbye to 57 Lake Placid High School senior who graduated last week.

It's a unique tradition, holding the commencement ceremony on the Olympic Speedskating Oval in front of the school. Only in Lake Placid! Congrats to the grads, and be sure to check out the story from Staff Writer Elizabeth Izzo, who captures some of the parting remarks from Class of 2019 valedictorian Sara Rose-McCandlish.

Elizabeth also interviewed 2006 LPHS graduate Gran Reynolds, who was the guest speak at graduation. He is living a fascinating life in the hospitality industry and currently lives in New York City.

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We also have a preview of this year's I Love BBQ and Music festival, which takes place July 5-7 at the Olympic Speedskating Oval. Get all the information you need to attend, and learn about a couple who is teaching a course in becoming a Kansas City Barbeque Society certified barbecue judge.

In other news, the town of Keene, the Paul Smith's College Adirondack Watershed Institute and the Paul Smith's College adventure guides are providing information and education to hikers through a new "Frontcountry steward" program. Stewards will be positioned at popular trailheads along state Route 73 in the town of Keene.

Also, the battle against salt contamination in Mirror Lake continues as Mirror Lake Watershed Association Chairman Bill Billerman addressed the Lake Placid village board this week about a grant that could fund a study of whether new vegetation may be able to cut down on salt contamination in local watersheds.

In addition to columns from Martha Allen (Martha Sez) and Naj Wikoff (On the Scene) - reporting on the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism's "welcome to Lake Placid" gathering for summertime J-1 students from around the world - we have and update from the Garden Club of Lake Placid. Editor Andy Flynn gives us another North Country at Work story from North Country Public Radio, interviewing Colleen Smith, a bartender at the Adirondack Hotel in Long Lake who got her start behind the bar in Lake Placid in the 1970s.

And don't forget the Pet of the Week on page A2.



Check out this week's Olympic Region Sports pages for a glimpse into what Lake Placid looks like during the summer months. The Lake Placid Horse Show is in town, and Lake Placid News sports writer Lou Reuter provides a detailed account of the first grand prix event.

Other highlights on this week's sports pages include Lake Placid triathletes competing in the Tupper Lake Tinman, a recap of the 62nd annual Lake Placid Figure Skating Championships at the Olympic Center and USA Luge announcing its new development coach.



The Lake Placid News outdoors writers were out and about once again this week. Spencer Morrissey bushwhacked to the top of a little-known mountain in the Moose River Plains, while Justin A. Levine kayaked in Sumner Brook, outside of Bloomingdale. They share details of all the action on this week's Adirondack Expeditions page.



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