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Editorials

Grumbling continues over events, upgrades, but that is healthy

When we shared updates of the Ironman Lake Placid swim at Mirror Lake Sunday morning, July 28, on the Lake Placid News Facebook page, we weren't surprised to see a mix of people who support the event and those who are turned off - even angered - by it.There are several issues being argued, but ...

Preston had plenty of optimism for Wilmington

Along with the rest of the region, we were deeply saddened to hear about the death of Wilmington town Supervisor Randy Preston on July 18, and we extend our deepest condolences to his family, particularly to his wife Michelle.Over the years of covering local politics and community news, we ...

One doesn’t have to look far to find community spirit

Smaller communities in the Olympic Region have a long history of community spirit - places such as Wilmington, Jay, Upper Jay, Keene, Keene Valley and AuSable Forks - where year-round residents always band together to improve their hamlets and help their neighbors. It's this small-town life - ...

Putting in the effort to mitigate tourism

We in the Adirondacks are in an experimental stage of dealing with an increased number of hikers that exceeds the capacity of our infrastructure - roads, parking, trails, etc. - around Lake Placid and Keene.In a small-ish way, it's part of a global issue of overtourism - tourism that exceeds an ...

APA imbalance

For years, we've heard people from Albany to Ray Brook talk about the importance of balance - between protecting nature and allowing human activity - in managing the 6-million-acre Adirondack Park.Like governors before him, Andrew Cuomo has paid a lot of lip service to "balance." But his recent ...

‘Free store’ at transfer station is a great idea

The town of Lake George is trying something new to reuse what is not so new. It would be a good idea for the Tri-Lakes area, too.Lake George is starting a "free store" at its dump - OK, its garbage transfer station and recycling center - where people can leave items they need to get rid of but ...

Thank goodness for volunteers, but we need more

Finding volunteers for all the programs, events and services we need to keep a community functioning has never been easy, yet there are some disturbing incidents over the past few years in Lake Placid that have caused some concern.Even though we have hundreds of volunteers helping with Lake ...

Send us your news

For a variety of reasons, U.S. citizens are slowly losing their sense of community, yet we have hope that community newspapers such as the Lake Placid News can play a vital role in reversing that trend.More than ever, there is a need for community groups to get their news to the public and for ...

Celebrate community at Lake Placid Community Day

If you live, work or volunteer in Lake Placid, you are invited to help celebrate this vibrant and historic community at the second annual Lake Placid Community Day and Picnic. It's being held from 1 to 5 p.m. this Sunday, June 2, at the North Elba Showgrounds.It's an old-fashioned country fair ...

Memorial Day through time

Memorial Day 1942Memorial Day this year will mean more to us. Because on May 30, 1942, is brought home to us the fact that our men and boys are again lying in wars.Our memories might have become a bit hazy in the intervening years since the first world war and few remember much of the wars ...

New NCCC president is several steps ahead

Congratulations to Joseph Keegan, who was named May 8 as the next president of North Country Community College. It is a rare and special opportunity for NCCC to have a president who is both an alum and an employee.As a student, Keegan studied general liberal arts at NCCC en route to a four-year ...

Send in nominations for Lake Placid Hall of Fame

It's that time of year again to nominate people for the Lake Placid Hall of Fame, which is located at the Lake Placid Conference Center/Olympic Center.In 2018, three people were inducted into the Hall of Fame: Olympic biathlete and musician Lowell Bailey, Lake Placid librarian Linda Blair and ...

New State Police helicopter is needed and welcome for backcountry rescues

It's good news that the New York State Police got a Huey (Bell UH-1A) helicopter from the U.S. military and is sending it up here, to supplement the helicopter already stationed at the Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Clear.The existing chopper has gotten a lot of use, largely to transport ...

Let ‘Our Kate’ Smith rest in peace

The latest hubbub over racism in the United States comes from radio, recording, television and film star Kate Smith, who recorded a version of Irving Berlin's song "God Bless America" in 1939 and is buried in her adopted Adirondack Mountain home of Lake Placid. In short, the accusations of ...

Proud to be part of the Lake Placid Marathon family

With spring break out of the way - and most of the snow melted in the lower elevations of the Adirondacks - it's time to start thinking about late spring activities. For Lake Placid, that means the 15th annual Lake Placid Marathon and Half Marathon, which is set for Sunday, June 9.As the ...

Don’t forget to put the ‘Miracle’ into historical context

Thirty-nine years after the "Miracle on Ice" upset at the Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, America still needs a history lesson.It seems that, with the passage of time, the real meaning behind the Feb. 22, 1980 game is sometimes being forgotten. Moreover, it is not always being interpreted ...

Albany should focus on budget at budget time

Budgets are statements of values. How you spend money is often a more accurate depiction of your priorities than the words you say. Therefore - during the budget-making process every spring - New York state's government leaders should commit their attention to a spending plan for the following ...

Re-connecting

This is an open invitation for clubs and civic organizations in the Olympic Region that want to learn more about the Lake Placid News and how they can re-connect with the community in the hometown newspaper.Editor Andy Flynn is happy to visit your meeting and speak to your members. On Monday, ...

A transparency backslide continues

A practice has been growing in New York state government in which official spokespeople for agencies won't let us quote them by name.Instead, they insist that their remarks are "on background," which is journalism jargon meaning we can use their quotes but cannot attribute them to that person ...