Posts Tagged ‘Lake Placid’

Friday, April 5, 2024

Volunteers Needed for Earth Day Ausable River Cleanup on April 20

People clean up the bank of Ausable River.

Keene, NY- The Ausable River Association (AsRA) will host its annual Earth Day Ausable River cleanup on Saturday, April 20. Volunteers will assist AsRA in removing garbage and debris from roadways and riverbanks in the Lake Placid, Wilmington, Jay, Upper Jay, and Keene communities. Lunch and raffle prizes will be available after the cleanup to celebrate coming together to care for the river.

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Sunday, March 31, 2024

Kay Jones among 4 inducted into USA Bobsled and Skeleton Hall of Fame

From left: Dave Jones III, Maura Jones, Kathryn Jones-McQuillan, Barbara Benware, Genevieve Benware, Margaret Jones, Dave Jones, and Linda Jones in the Mountain Lodge.

Lake Placid, NY – In front of family members and many friends, Lake Placid’s Kay Jones, bobsled photographer from the 1960s into the 1980s, was inducted posthumously Saturday evening, March 23,  into the USA Bobsled and Skeleton Hall of Fame.

Three generations of the Jones family were in attendance celebrating their mother’s and grandmother’s induction. During the ceremony, held in the new Mountain Lodge at Mt. Van Hoevenberg, attendees heard interviews of Jones with ABC Television’s Jim McKay and Curt Gowdy, conducted during the 1980 Winter Olympics. Jones was hired by the Associated Press to photograph the Olympic competitions.

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Monday, March 25, 2024

Recent Coming and Goings in the ADKs

Several nonprofit organizations and other establishments around the Adirondack region have recently announced an array of new appointments and retirements. Some of these announcements include, key staff welcomed at The Hyde, a new Cloudsplitter Foundation Executive Director, a new Director of School for North Country School, and a retirement at NCPR.

See below roundup for additional details about these coming and goings.

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Thursday, March 21, 2024

Final races of BMW IBSF World Cup season set for March 22-24

2 woman BobsleighUSA Bobsled and Skeleton Hall of Fame ceremony to help close BMW IBSF World Cup season

Kay Jones, Gilbert Colgate, Jr., Dick Lawrence, David Kurtz to be inducted into Hall of Fame

Lake Placid, NY –  The international bobsled and skeleton season will end in rousing fashion this weekend in Lake Placid with the final races of the BMW IBSF World Cup season, March 22-24. Among the highlights of the three-day competition will be the USA Bobsled and Skeleton Hall of Fame induction ceremony, featuring four new members.

Lake Placid photographer Kay Jones, affectionately known as Mrs. Zag for her famous images taken in that notorious corner of the original track, will be inducted posthumously as will the two-man bobsled team of Gilbert Colgate, Jr., of New York City and Dick Lawrence, of West Chazy, N.Y. The duo won a bronze medal in the 1936 Winter Olympics. They also captured the 1934 North American Championship.

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Thursday, March 7, 2024

Lake Placid Native among USA Bobsled and Skeleton Hall of Fame Inductees

2 woman BobsleighLake Placid native and award-winning photojournalist Kay Jones will be among four inductees into the USA Bobsled and Skeleton Hall of Fame on March 23 at Mt. Van Hoevenberg, just outside this two-time Winter Olympic community.

The ceremony, slated for the Mountain Lodge at 5:30 PM, will be held in conjunction with the BMW IBSF World Cup finals in Lake Placid. Season long champions in all sliding disciplines will be crowned on the demanding mile-long chute March 22-24.

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Saturday, February 17, 2024

Silent Book Club in Lake Placid & Saranac Lake begins Feb. 21

Silent Book Club logo

Book lovers are encouraged to gather the third Wednesday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m. at Origin Coffee Co. starting Feb. 21 for a unique and unstructured book club. There is no pressure to finish a certain book or have discussion questions ready. The SaraPlacid Chapter will alternate meetings at Origin Coffee Co.’s Lake Placid and Saranac Lake locations each month.

At Silent Book Club (SBC), there is no assigned reading. Bring whatever book you are currently reading to the monthly meetup. There will be time to order a drink, chat, and find a seat before settling in to read companionably with fellow book lovers. All are welcome. Please note: this is a free event, but there is a limited capacity at both locations.

Register for the event here:

Silent Book Club is a global community of readers and introverts, with 500 chapters around the world led by local volunteers. SBC members gather to read and build community in quiet camaraderie. This is the SaraPlacid chapter, but you can learn about the movement here:

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Mercy Care for the Adirondacks hosts multigenerational game day

People play Scrabble at a table

Lake Placid, NY— On Jan. 23 at First Presbyterian Church in Saranac Lake, Mercy Care for the Adirondacks hosted their Friendship Volunteers, Elder Friends, and St. Bernard’s 5th grade students for a multigenerational game day and refreshments. Guests played newly-reimagined multigenerational versions of the classic board games Trivial Pursuit and Scrabble.

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Friday, February 9, 2024

Miracle Ice

Steps of Olympic Center in winter

Ice that melts ice

The new refrigeration system at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid hums away throughout the winter, cooling three indoor rinks and the massive outdoor skating oval.

Upgraded in 2021 for $11.5 million, the improved system does something visitors to the Olympic rinks may not realize: It helps keep the sidewalks clear of snow and ice.

The massive compressors generate waste heat as they chill glycol pumped underneath the rinks. That heat is then sent to pipes installed underneath some of the center’s sidewalks outside. That repurposed waste heat helps keep the facility’s walkways clear and dry.

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Saturday, February 3, 2024

16,138 birds seen during 2024 Region 7 Waterfowl Count

Tufted ducks

We just had our sixth January thaw since winter began in December and the driveway is bare again. The turkeys were picking grit from it to break down the corn in their crops. There have been from nine to thirty-three [turkeys] here daily at the feeders which have been spooked by hikers or skiers on the trail out back a few times. There were twenty-three here this morning [Jan. 31] and after they went down the ski trail, they got into quite a squabble. Some of the males must have been showing dominance, and by the sounds coming from there…feathers were flying.

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Monday, January 29, 2024

Adirondack-area nonprofits welcome new hires

William W. Reiley, Ph.D.

Several Adirondack-area nonprofit organizations have recently announced a lineup of new leadership, staff, board members, and trustees. See below for details on these announcements by the following establishments, Adirondack Foundation, Adirondack Council, the Trudeau Institute, The Hyde Collection, and Silver Bay YMCA.


Trudeau Institute appoints William Reiley as new head of scientific research institute

Saranac Lake, NY —The Trudeau Institute Board of Trustees has named William W. Reiley, Ph.D., the next president, director and chief executive officer of Trudeau Institute.

Dr. Reiley is replacing William Chapin, who has announced plans to step down on Feb. 1. Chapin has accepted a new position at another organization in the Tri-Lakes region.

Dr. Reiley, who has served in a range of positions at Trudeau since 2006, is currently chief scientific officer at the research institute, as well as a principal investigator and head of TICRO Bioservices, the contract research unit he helped launch in 2011.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Input needed for Lake Placid and North Elba Visioning Survey

North Elba/Lake Placid visioning survey

The Town of North Elba and Village of Lake Placid are pleased to announce the North Elba-Lake Placid Pathways project. Pathways is a project to update the Town and Village’s joint Comprehensive Plan, a document that charts a future for the community. The plan will be grounded in public input.

This survey will guide community development decisions and cover a range of topics, including transportation, housing, energy, conservation, recreation, and zoning. It will also inform the ongoing LEED for Communities Recertification for the New York Olympic Region and a new North Elba Show Grounds & Athletic Fields master plan project. Your input is critical to the success of these three plans.

Take the survey hereby visiting, or by picking up a paper survey at Town Hall.

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

LPCA to show film, Anatomy of a Fall, Jan. 19

Anatomy of a Fall promo image.

Lake Placid, NY – The Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) is pleased to present Adirondack Film’s “See Something That Means Something,” a 2024 series which offers an opportunity for film goers to watch moving, meaningful films the third Friday of every month at 7 p.m. from January through June. This series aims to showcase a unique blend of films, bringing a community of film lovers together to experience something that gets you thinking and sharing. See below for details on the award-winning film, Anatomy of a Fall, which will be shown on Friday, January 19 at 7 p.m. at the LPCA. *This film is rated R and contains mature themes.*

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Friday, January 5, 2024

Adirondack Foundation to host Generous Acts program webinar Jan. 8

The Adirondack Foundation logo

Lake Placid, NY — Community organizations can now apply to Adirondack Foundation’s Generous Acts program, which supports activities that address basic needs, educational pathways, and economic vitality in the Adirondack region.

Applications will be accepted online through Tuesday, Feb. 13. The Foundation will host an instructional webinar at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, for a demonstration on how to use the application portal and to answer questions from potential applicants.

To register for the webinar, visit

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Saturday, December 23, 2023

New Trailhead and Boardwalk at Cobble Hill in Lake Placid

Cobble Hill hiking trail boardwalk.

A short walk from the main street of Lake Placid, the 0.8-mile Cobble Hill hiking trail in Lake Placid has a new access point and boardwalk. At the corner of Mirror Lake Drive and Northwood School’s driveway, the new trailhead begins with a 250-foot boardwalk that connects to the natural surface trail to the 2,343-foot summit. There is no parking at the trailhead, hikers are encouraged to walk from town. All previous access points are now closed.

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Monday, December 18, 2023

Foreign language fund accepting grant apps through Jan. 15

Adirondack Foundation logo.


Lake Placid, NY— Foreign language educators are encouraged to apply to Adirondack Foundation for grants now through Jan. 15, 2024. Adirondack Foundation’s Adirondack Foreign Language Enhancement Fund (AFLEF) supports innovation in French and Spanish classrooms and elevates the status of language teachers in the teaching community. Priority will be given to language projects that go beyond a school’s budget to:

● Support immersion in French and Spanish language and culture

● Open opportunities to explore new teaching technologies

● Promote collaborative initiatives among schools, such as partnerships with BOCES to maximize efficiency and impact

● Support career enhancement training for teachers, including workshops and conferences

● Stretch beyond the norm through innovative projects

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