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Editors' preview of this week's Lake Placid News

June 15, 2017

There was a lot of news in the Lake Placid area this past week, so much that it was hard to squeeze it all in the print edition that hits newsstands today.

One big piece of news that will affect every Lake Placid resident, visitor and neighbor is that the village board voted that yes, it will go ahead and use eminent domain to acquire two lots next to its central downtown parking area in order to build a parking garage. The owner of the lots is the organization that runs the Adirondack Experience, formerly the Adirondack Museum, and it's fighting the process big-time, saying it intends to sue.

Also, the family of the late bobsled champion Steve Holcomb released the fact that he had "a fatal combination" of sleeping pills and alcohol in his system when he died in May. The family had previously threatened to sue Essex County Coroner Frank Whitelaw if he released his report on Holcomb's cause and manner of death. Instead, they let the U.S. Bobsled and Federation make the announcement. Family members said they did not agree with Whitelaw's analysis of the situation and did not want that to be public. The news was also released after a memorial service was held for Holcomb in Utah last weekend, a month after one was held for him here in Lake Placid.

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Our ongoing "Giving Back" feature is about people paying it forward, and for this week's story, reporter Antonio Olivero visited a beaver pond beside the school soccer field in Keene Valley. There, Kathy Smith told him about how school community members are upgrading a "beaver deceiver," a steel screen box that prevents beavers' dam-building obsession from flooding the field and a town well. For decades, the solution was to trap and kill the animals, but a 2003 student petition to save them prompted the deceiver idea instead.

Olivero also followed up with Rob and Suzanne Borden, parents of 20-year-old Saige Borden who died of drowning on May 12. They are frustrated by unanswered questions, especially about the two people who were in the canoe with their daughter when it capsized.

Private land owners have restricted use of a trail to the popular Owls Head Mountain in Keene, closing it on weekends for now and planning to shut it down entirely after this summer.

Our editorial this week has to do with hiking, too. After the governor invited all New Yorkers to visit Lake Placid this summer, we're glad the state Department of Environmental Conservation balanced that by steering hikers to "hidden gems," to preserve the most popular ones from being battered further. Also, the DEC showed its understanding and motivation by hiring a new trail maintenance crew and finishing the plan for the Saranac Lakes Wild Forest.

As for columnists, Andy Flynn draws a history tale from a chunk of log boom rescued from the bottom of an Adirondack lake by a luthier, who makes guitars from submerged, ancient logs. Naj Wikoff covers the Literary Awards ceremony hosted by the Adirondack Center for Writing. Frank Shatz revisits the story of an old Hungarian journalist, Dot Beatty gives a Lake Placid Garden Club update, and high school student Henry Birk Albert thanks Placidians for being so good to his relative who visited from a remote Native village in Alaska.



Runners of all types take center stage on this week's Lake Placid News sports pages. The Lake Placid Marathon flooded the streets of the village on Sunday, June 11, with close to 900 athletes competing either in the half-marathon or the full 26.2-mile distance.

On Saturday, June 10, another group hit the trails outside Keene Valley for the challenging Great Adirondack Trail Run. Locals were well represented in races that included mountain climbs and rugged descents. Full results of the races are published along with a story.

In other sports news, the Lake Placid school board approved two proposals that will merge athletic teams with Saranac Lake. Lake Placid kids will now be able to play football for Saranac Lake and the two schools' girls hockey programs will combine to compete as one.



On the Adirondack Expeditions page this week, Outdoors Writer Justin A. Levine sits down with Tracy Ormsbee, the new publisher of the Adirondack Explorer for a question-and-answer session. Ormsbee has always had an affection for the Adirondacks and is optimistic that her new publication will continue to grow into the future.

Columnist Joe Hackett uses his space this week to shed light on the fact that outdoor travel is often intertwined with a certain level of risk. He writes that this is part of the adventure, but also that people need to be aware of the dangers.


(Note: Lake Placid News Editor Andy Flynn was off on vacation this week and will return Monday.)



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