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Preview of this week's Lake Placid News

January 23, 2020
By ANDY FLYNN and MORGAN RYAN - Editor and Sports Editor ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - In this week's Lake Placid News, we start with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's placing of $147 million in the 2020-21 Executive Budget proposal for the state Olympic Regional Development Authority.

This year, ORDA received $80 million in the state budget, and the year before it was $60 million. ORDA is currently making improvements to its Olympic venues in the Lake Placid region, and more improvements - including an overhaul of the Olympic Center and reconstruction of the Whiteface Mid-Station Lodge - have been proposed.

In his budget, the governor also proposed a $145 million bump for the state Department of Environmental Conservation and $1 million to renovate the state Adirondack Park Agency headquarters in Ray Brook.

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We have a report from LPN Editor Andy Flynn about the new R. Dennis Allen Cardiac Prevention Fund, set up through the Adirondack Foundation to promote heart health. It was named after Denny Allen, the former Olympic Center general manager who died on Feb. 1, 2019 of cardiovascular disease. The fund was founded by Allen's wife, Dr. Karen Cooper, who was also his doctor.

Staff Writer Elizabeth Izzo has two reports from Keene Valley. For the Eye on Education feature, she writes about the making of a mosaic depicting early 20th century suffragette Inez Milholland at the Keene Central School. And for this week's Up Close, she stopped by the Keene Valley Library to learn more about a 3D printing workshop.

In other news, a Jan. 27 meeting on the Main Street overhaul project has been postponed indefinitely, a co-owner of the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge has had her state wildlife rehabilitation license revoked, the state Department of Transportation plans to overhaul the Sara-Placid section of state Route 86 from the railroad tracks near Saranac Lake to Elm Street (off Saranac Avenue next to David Balestrini's dental office) in the village of Lake Placid, and a special election to fill a Lake Placid village justice seat has been set for March 18.

In addition to columns from Naj Wikoff (On the Scene), Martha Allen (Martha Sez) and Spencer Morrissey (Swimming Through Trees), we have an update from Editor Andy Flynn on the Lake Placid Diet.


Olympic silver medalist Trevor Marsicano has a long history of skating on the Olympic Speedskating Oval in Lake Placid. Now that his international competition days are over, he has shifted his focus to helping others. Lake Placid News skating correspondent Christie Sausa caught up with Trevor recently, and she writes about how Trevor has been a mainstay at the Oval, coaching and guiding younger athletes.

Hunter Church, of Cadyville, had a breakthrough performance last week in Austria, collecting his first World Cup medal as the driver of the United States four-man bobsled. Team USA hasn't been on the podium since Steve Holcomb was at the helm three years ago.

Staying in Europe, the Lake Placid area was well-represented at the Lausanne Youth Olympic Games. This week's LPN gives a rundown of how the local kids did in their events.

On the local sports front, the Lake Placid High School Nordic and basketball teams were in action, and the three-day Northwood Invitational returned for its 41st year.



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