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Melissa is a journalist with experience as a reporter and editor with the Burlington Free Press, Ithaca Journal and Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. She worked as a communications specialist for the Adirondack North Country Association and is currently digital editor for Adirondack Explorer, overseeing both the Explorer's website and its community forum the Adirondack Almanack. She enjoys hiking, camping and other outdoors activities, and spending time with her husband, their twin daughters, and rescue animals -- two dogs and two cats.

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  1. louis curth says:

    Lake Placid seems to top the Adirondack news with Emily Russell’s revelation that the ski jumping World Cup will be joining the World University Games in Lake Placid this winter. Raises for Olympic employees and yet another story on Lake Placid’s endless need for affordable housing present an interesting juxtaposition for Almanack readers to ponder.

    Recently, I was standing at the L.P. horse show grounds in front of the 1980 Olympic torch. As I read the plaques there, I couldn’t help but wonder what the people involved in that 1980 effort would think of the trajectory of change that has come to Lake Placid and the surrounding area in these 42 years since that time?

    After Denver backed out of its bid due to environmental concerns and Lake Placid got its wish for a second winter Olympics, local organizers formed an environmental council to try to mitigate the environmental impacts that would inevitably come with having the Olympics here.

    I got a bird’s eye view of that process when David Newhouse called me in the latter 1970s and asked me to attend the Olympic Council meetings on behalf of EPL (Environmental Planning Lobby) which I did for about two years. The resulting nine inch thick environmental Impact statement and appendices are of door stop quality.

    Aside from the environmental and siting issues we discussed, I completed my assignment with new impressions of what it takes to build consensus among people who have strongly held opinions that are often at variance. It also reinforced my long held opinion that when we open our minds and listen to the ideas of others, the results can be transformational in leading to better decisions.

    Thank you to the Adirondack Almanack for giving us a safe place to exchange thoughtful comment and conversation among those who choose to be contributors to the well-being of our Adirondack-North Country community.

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