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Saying good-bye but never forgetting

December 29, 2017
Editorial , Lake Placid News

Time has a way of deleting our memory banks, as older generations go and newer generations arrive. It's the cycle of life, which hangs heavy on our minds this week as we say good-bye to 2017 and hello to 2018.

But we must never forget the good, bad and the ugly of the past year- the positives and negatives - all the things that shape our lives, make us human and define our history. We jot these milestones down for posterity - in newspapers, audio and video files, journals, books, photographs and a variety of artistic media. Some of these stories will even be handed down from generation to generation verbally, believe it or not, without a smartphone in hand.

Steve Holcomb: One of these stories of loss was 37-year-old three-time U.S. Olympic bobsledder Steven Holcomb, who was found dead in his room at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid on Saturday, May 6. At no point previous to that date did we ever think we'd head into the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, without his steady driving in the two- and four-man sleds. He was our Superman, a national treasure, and we still miss him very much. We're sure there will be many tributes to Holcomb during the upcoming Olympics, especially if the U.S. squad can bring home some medals - and they are in great shape to do just that.

Power outages: We are happy to see the power outages of 2017 leave the Olympic Village and hope that the investments and prevention work by National Grid and the village will give us an outage-free 2018. Residents and business owners are sick and tired of losing power, and rightly so. It is not just a matter of inconvenience and safety, as many of the buildings in town heat with electricity because it is relatively cheap compared to neighboring communities. It is also a matter of business, as Lake Placid needs reliable power to keep its tourism trade going strong. Officials know this, and they've said they are committed to making the changes necessary to keep Lake Placid's power on, although there was a hiccup on Tuesday, Dec. 26, when parts of the village went without power for a few hours after a transformer failure.

Kiwanis Club: We were sad to see the Kiwanis Club of Lake Placid disband after almost 91 years in existence. On Sept. 30, they called it quits due to dwindling membership. This community owes a great bit of gratitude to the generations of Kiwanians who volunteered their time for the benefit of Lake Placid's children since 1926. And we thank the final nine members for keeping some of their programs alive through other civic groups.

Winter Olympics: We wish all our U.S. athletes a safe and productive trip to South Korea, where tensions on the peninsula are higher than they've been in many years thanks to the saber-rattling of North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump. We are excited again to see athletes from the Adirondack region head to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in February. This region has sent at least one athlete to every Winter Olympics since they began in 1924, when Lake Placidian Charles Jewtraw won the first-ever gold medal in a Winter Olympics for speedskating in Chamonix, France. You can see the medal at the Lake Placid Olympic Museum.

Happy New Year: We wish you all a happy, safe and prosperous new year.

 
 

 

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