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Preview of this week's Lake Placid News

September 12, 2019
By ANDY FLYNN and MORGAN RYAN - Editor and Sports Editor ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - In this week's Lake Placid News, Staff Writer Elizabeth Izzo spoke to some business owners for this month's Eye on Business feature about the constant need to fill positions.

Help wanted signs are all over the place, so we wanted to talk to the people who do the hiring and get their take on the labor situation in Lake Placid. We found that the need for employees is not just seasonal; it's happening year round.

For our Up Close feature, Elizabeth interviewed the fourth grader who thought it would be a good idea to install a water bottle filling station at the Mirror Lake beach house. And in August, that vision became a reality.

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In outdoor news, the Essex County Public Transportation department will be launching a new hiker shuttle to trailheads in Wilmington on Friday, Sept. 13. It is expected that diverting hikers away from the High Peaks will alleviate the backcountry congestion and some of the parking problems along state Route 73 in the town of Keene.

We have a full-page report - including color photos - from the Garden Club of Lake Placid's 2019 Green Thumb Awards, which were handed out Sunday, Sept. 8 at Heaven Hill Farm.

The state Adirondack Park Agency is meeting this week and will review the state Department of Environmental Conservation's unit management plan for the Sentinel Range Wilderness Area near Lake Placid.

It's back to school time, and we have a report that school enrollment numbers in the region - for the most part - are continuing to decline. We have the numbers from all the local schools, public and private.

The town of Keene has sent out a survey to residents to target the town's top five problems, and the responses will be used to build an updated community master plan.

For the latest North Country at Work story from North Country Public Radio, Editor Andy Flynn stopped by the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and Rehab Center in Wilmington to speak with co-founder Wendy Hall about being a wildlife rehabilitator.

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.



Nick Politi and Pete Fazio have been trying to win the annual Bar Fly Open golf tournament at the Lake Placid Club for several years. They finally broke through this year, and Lake Placid News reporter Lou Reuter caught up with the duo following the event. Lou also took several photos on the course and in the clubhouse.

The Lake Placid cross country running team opened its season this week, and it looks like their top girls runner is going to be special. Eighth-grader Harley Cohen, who attends Keene Central but competes as a Blue Bomber, outran a competitive field to earn the top spot in the opener. Look for a nice photo Cohen in this week's Lake Placid News.

Also on this week's LPN sports pages, readers will find a report from the Adirondack Canoe Classic 90-mile race from Old Forge to Saranac Lake. Several of the competitors were from Lake Placid.



Kevin "MudRat" MacKenzie is a well-known climber, hiker and character in the High Peaks. On this week's Adirondack Expeditions page, Justin A. Levine describes MudRat's new book that compiles a heap of information about Panther Gorge.

Outdoors columnist Spencer Morrissey shares information about the Kettle Trail and what exactly is the meaning of a "kettle pond."



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