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Preview of this week's Lake Placid News

November 1, 2019
By ANDY FLYNN and MORGAN RYAN - Editor and Sports Editor ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - In this week's Lake Placid News, we're all ready for Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 5, when voters decide on a variety of races in the Olympic Region's towns, Essex County and New York state.

Our top story is about the four candidates for the town of North Elba supervisor: Fred Balzac, Derek Doty, Gary Kaltenbach and Jay Rand. They met for an editorial board meeting with the News and Adirondack Daily Enterprise Thursday, Oct. 24 at the Enterprise office in Saranac Lake. They answered many questions about top issues facing the town.

We have a story about the town of Jay candidates, who met for a meet-and-greet session Monday night, Oct. 28. Four candidates are running for two seats on the town council: Adam Coolidge, Wayne Frederick, Thomas McDonald and John Sheldrake.

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Staff Writer Elizabeth Izzo interviewed the two people running for Essex County clerk: incumbent Joseph Provoncha and challenger Kari Ratliff.

We also have a look at the race for justice in the state Supreme Court Fourth District, which covers much of the North Country and Central New York. Six people are vying for four open seats: Mike Cuevas, Dianne Freestone, Julie Garcia, Rebecca Slezak, Mike Violando and Jim Walsh.

Inside the News, there is a Voter Guide for the entire area, including the four towns in the Olympic Region that the News covers: North Elba, Jay, Keene and Wilmington. Sample ballots are provided.

The town of Wilmington held a public hearing on its 2020 spending plan on Oct. 30, and we have details about the proposed budget, which includes a 1.9% tax levy increase.

The Lake Placid Film Festival wrapped up Sunday after several days of special events and film screenings. We have a few reports from festival reporter Griffin Kelly, including the tribute for Keene novelist and festival co-founder Russell Banks.

In addition to columns from Naj Wikoff (On the Scene, covering the Lake Placid Hall of Fame induction on Saturday, Oct. 26) and Martha Allen (Martha Sez), we have updates from Spencer Morrissey (outdoors), Annoel Krider (Our Animals, Ourselves) and Editor Andy Flynn, who wrote about the grief people feel after losing a pet.



This week's Olympic Region Sports pages highlight the Lake Placid High School volleyball and soccer teams as their seasons start to reach the end. The Lake Placid boys soccer team advanced to the Section VII, Class C championship game where it will take on rival Saranac Lake in a historic showdown.

The Olympic Sports Complex at Mount Van Hoevenberg will host the Norton national championship seeding races, with many of the top American lugers in attendance.

Also on this week's LPN sports pages, readers will find a complete list of the recipients of the this year's Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund of the Adirondack Foundation scholarships and a story about how the Paul Smith's College VIC is transitioning into a hub of East Coast Nordic skiing for the national team.



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