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Editor's Preview of This Week's Lake Placid News

By Andy Flynn & Morgan Ryan - Lake Placid News, 08/15/17, 4:30PM EDT


LAKE PLACID - This week we honor Wilmington's Diane Kirby in our monthly Giving Back feature.

Staff Writer Antonio "Tony" Olivero caught up with Diane on Monday, Aug. 7 at the popular Flume swimming hole on the West Branch of the AuSable River in the town of Wilmington, where she has been cleaning up the garbage left from local and visiting swimmers for nearly a decade. We salute her volunteer effort and hope others will be inspired by her story.

Tony also visited the Hollywood Theatre in AuSable Forks on Monday, speaking with Margaret Horn, who was presenting a documentary about Mohawk ironworkers for the AuSable Forks Film Series. In this Up Close profile, Horn tells about her Mohawk roots and personal connection to the ironworkers.

A week removed from the Lake Placid Summit Classic lacrosse tournament, Tony talks to tournament organizers, business owners, local politicians and tourism officials about the event's growth over the years and how it has tested the limits of this small town. The seven-day tournament now brings in 250 teams and around 10,000 total visitors to Lake Placid.

In other news, we report on local breweries' collaboration to make a special beer, the controversial paving of Bobsled Run Road, the town's proposal to hire a constable to enforce vacation rental complaints, the village's borrowing of up to $700,000 through serial bonds for two electrical transformers, the naming of a local EMT as the Lake Placid Summit Classic MVP for saving a player's life, and the 100th anniversary of the Poke-O-Moonshine fire tower.

In addition to columns from Naj Wikoff (On the Scene), Martha Allen (Martha Sez) and Frank Shatz (World Focus), Editor Andy Flynn has a Stories from the Attic column about fighting forest fires in the early 1900s, Steve Lester has another review of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta's Sunday Symphony Series, and Dot Beatty has an update from the Lake Placid Garden Club.



As Lake Placid's summer events season winds down to a close, winter sports continue to march on into the the actual winter. This week in the Lake Placid News, Senior Sports Writer Lou Reuter gets readers caught up on the USA Luge team that will bring a lot of depth and experience into the season which is right around the corner.

Skating correspondent Christie Sausa has been on the figure skating beat all summer. She writes about last week's Saturday Night Ice Show performers Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue.

Also look for a recap of the Lake Placid Summit Classic lacrosse tournament that brought throngs of players of all ages to the area last week. The tournament included the championship game of the Women's Lacrosse League.

The High Peaks Cyclery Mini-Triathlon season is entering its final week on Monday, Aug. 14. Look for full results in this week's LPN.



On this week's Adirondack Expeditions page, Outdoors Writer Justin Levine describes a hike to Mount Frederica, which can be accessed by land or by boat.

Columnist Joe Hackett had an interesting encounter last week when a grouse startled him and bumped into his boat during a carry. The grouse's partner didn't seem too happy with how things went down.