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April 20, 2017

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LAKE PLACID - Even with many residents on spring break this week, there was still plenty to keep the non-spring breakers busy in the Olympic Region.

Easter was a popular theme, as the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center saw dozens of families scurrying around the base lodge looking for the 4,000 eggs "hidden" around the remnants of snow on Sunday. The state Olympic Regional Development Authority ended its ski season this past week, with the Mount Van Hoevenberg Cross-Country Ski Center closing on April 12 and Whiteface closing on Easter, April 16. Overall, it was a much better ski season for ORDA venues compared to last year, the worst on record due to unseasonably warm temperatures and lack of snow.

Editor Andy Flynn stopped by the town of North Elba Highway Department to talk with transfer station manager Shannon Porter about the adopt-a-troop program she is organizing with the Shipman Youth Center. Together, with the help of some local businesses, they are gathering items for care packages to send to Porter's 21-year-old twins, Cody in the U.S. Army and Casey in the U.S. Marine Corps. Instead of just sending care packages to her sons, she sends care packages to all the troops in their platoons, about 37 soldiers in all. We've printed a list of needed items in this week's Lake Placid News.

Staff Writer Antonio "Tony" Olivero visited chef Kim Scarpa at the Green Goddess Natural Foods kitchen for this week's Up Close feature. She talks about her passion for food and the impact Lady Gaga's music has had on her life.

As always, our columnists have been busy. In his On the Scene column, Naj Wikoff reports on his busy Easter weekend, which included a trip to a Vermont farm to visit family, a sunrise service at the Keene Valley transfer station and the Easter egg hunt at the Keene Valley Congregational Church. Martha Allen is on spring break, visiting her daughter Molly in California and was surprised to see so much wildlife in that urban setting. The Olympic Center this week celebrates the 40th anniversary of its 1980 fieldhouse; construction began April 21, 1977 on the building in which the Miracle on Ice hockey game was played during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games, and the Lake Placid Olympic Museum shows us three photos in different phases of construction. And we have an update from the Lake Placid Rotary Club, which helps local schools with some expenses not covered in the budget.

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SPORTS

Lake Placid News Senior Sports Writer Lou Reuter catches up with two interesting women on the sports pages of this week's edition.

Lou sat down with speedskater Esther Munoz, who was in her hometown of Lake Placid to take a break from her rigorous training schedule. Munoz has taken her skating to the next level this year by living and training full-time in Utah. Her ultimate goal is to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic speedskating team, a goal she feels is within her grasp.

Kelly Gonyo, another Lake Placid resident, was the first local to sign up for the Lake Placid Marathon that will take place June 11. She plans to take on the half-marathon distance, with the number one goal being to have fun on her way to the finish line.

Also on this week's Lake Placid News sports pages is a review of the Team USA bobsled and skeleton seasons. The programs collected 69 medals in all this year, led by the strong women's bobsled team.

The sports calendar features a variety of events - everything from how to sign up for youth baseball and softball to details about the upcoming Wilmington Whiteface Whiskey Run 10-kilometer race.

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OUTDOORS

On the Adirondack Expeditions page this week, outdoors writer Justin Levine shares a recent experience on his homestead in Vermontville. He and his wife were pleasantly surprised when one of their hens hatched six chicks.

Columnist Joe Hackett reflects on how if you look closely, the hand of man is apparent in many places throughout the Adirondack Park.

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