Lake Placid

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A Lake Placid attorney is challenging the long-term incumbent in the North Elba town supervisor’s race this fall.

Lake Placid sign with snow
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Since last November, Lake Placid officials have been investigating the possibility of hosting the 2023 Winter World University Games.  Last month, a delegation made an initial presentation to international sports officials and is now working on a formal bid.

Lake Placid sign with snow
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Lake Placid has been chosen to host the 2019 International Children’s Games and the 2021 Bobsled and Skeleton World Championships.  New York’s governor made the formal announcement over the weekend during an annual summer event in the Adirondacks.

Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall
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Lake Placid, the Olympic village in the heart of the Adirondacks, is in the midst of upgrading its infrastructure with its Main Street Reconstruction Project.  Mayor Craig Randall, who just started his third and last four-year term — due to term limits — says  the improvements will help deal with congestion that is normally seen in larger cities.

Lake Placid with Mirror Lake in the foreground
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Earlier this week, the Lake Placid village board approved the environmental review and findings from a public hearing related to eminent domain actions for an infrastructure project.   It’s a move that the owner of the property says violates New York state’s eminent domain procedural laws.

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The annual Lake Placid Film Forum is under way this week with a focus on diversity, foreign films and a tribute to the late filmmaker Jonathan Demme.

Empire State Winter Games banner
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Nearly 2,300 athletes are in the Lake Placid region this weekend for the 37th annual Empire State Winter Games, the largest amateur winter athletic sporting event in North America.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley was at the opening ceremonies Thursday evening.

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Max Weinberg, the drummer for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, has bought a vacant lakefront lot with mountain views in New York's Adirondacks.

ORDA's Lundin On Early Snowfall In Lake Placid

Oct 27, 2016
The first snow over the weekend at Whiteface.
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It's not even Halloween, but residents in New York's North Country were already digging out from the season's first major snowstorm on Thursday. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke with Jon Lundin, Public Relations Coordinator the Olympic Regional Development Authority in Lake Placid.

  This Saturday, August 20th, Big Slide Brewery and Public House on Cascade Road in Lake Placid, New York will hold its grand opening party from noon to 8 p.m.

The event will include live music, locally sourced food, a mechanical bull, games and activities for kids and families, and, of course, great beer -- including a new Russian Imperial Stout, named "To Russia, with love" which has been aging in a decommissioned Atlas Missile silo for the last eight months.

The new establishment is a sister-brewery to the The Lake Placid Pub & Brewery which has been brewing excellent beer in the Adirondacks since 1996.

Our guest is Stu Ruttan, the General Manager of Big Slide Brewery and Public House.

Robert Klein with Fred Willard in "Robert Klein Still Can't Stop His Leg"
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The 15th Lake Placid Film Forum is being held this week.  After a few years of struggling, the event has regained its footing and is bringing notable films and filmmakers to the Olympic village.

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USA Luge has decided to keep its headquarters in Lake Placid for at least the next five years after the state of New York pledged $6 million to upgrade facilities and market the sport.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement Saturday that USA Luge will keep its headquarters in the Adirondack community. Cuomo said the decision by the organization yesterday will create jobs and "inspire the next generation of Olympians in New York State."

Olympic Center, Lake Placid
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Quebec City's mayor is investigating the possibility of a bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics, and has reached out to officials in Lake Placid regarding use of the region's facilities.

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The winter sports sliding venue that's home ice for the U.S. luge, bobsled, and skeleton teams is set to open.

A prominent Lake Placid political and community leader has died. As WAMC’s Pat Bradley reports, the village is remembering the trailblazer fondly.

Our region is remembering a man who helped to tell its story. Ed Lewi, who was press director of the Lake Placid Olympics in 1980 and did p.r. for Saratoga Race Course for decades, died Saturday at 81.

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  World renowned, New York-based painter and sculptor, Zigi Ben-Haim's exhibit Made in the USA is now up at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

Made in the USA exhibits a cross section of works: paintings, sculptures and drawings. It also includes a new series of paintings on burlap, created in 2015.  Ben-Haim has stated that his paintings on aluminum address the current state of environmental affairs, which concerns humanity's place in the universe. The large-scale, multi-layered works present nature as simultaneously fragmented and grand.

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The National Sports Academy in Lake Placid is closing at the end of May after graduation and won't re-open in the fall.

Hot Yoga

Apr 23, 2015
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  This semester, Natalie Zeunges - a senior at Siena College – has been an intern here at WAMC, helping out behind the scenes with production work on The Roundtable – and she’s been simply great. A huge help and a quick learner. Unfortunately for us, today is here last day here. This interview is her final project.

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As a society, we are eager to use exercise as a means to reduce stress, build strength, lose weight, and feel better. Emerging in our wellness-focused world is the practice of hot yoga—a $27 billion dollar industry, growing in popularity. This relatively new variation of a 5,000 year old discipline provides its practitioners with the myriad benefits of yoga while adding the detoxifying advantages of being in a heated room.  

Cindy Lunsford, Owner of Hot Yoga Saratoga and co-owner of Lake Placid Hot Yoga joins us to tell us more about hot yoga.

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Lake Placid paid tribute to one of the greatest Olympic hockey games ever played this weekend. All surviving members of the 1980 Miracle on Ice U.S. men’s hockey team returned to the Adirondack village to remember the event on Saturday.

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Thirty five years after the Miracle on Ice, the surviving members of the 1980 Team USA hockey team returned to Lake Placid to relive the event.

Team captain Mike Eruzione scored the winning goal against the Russian team. He said  the game endures because it touched the nation.

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It’s a game that still resonates across the sports world — arguably the biggest upset in history. Saturday night, the entire 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team will return to Lake Placid for a public celebration of what Sports Illustrated called “the greatest sports moment of the 20th century.”

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On Saturday the 1980 Olympic Hockey team will return to Lake Placid for a special celebration.

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The National Sports Academy in Lake Placid says it must raise $400,000 this month or the school that trains Olympic athletes faces closure.

   The Sugarmaker’s Companion is the first guide of its kind addressing the small-and large-scale syrup producer seeking to make a profitable business from maple, birch, and walnut sap.

This book incorporates valuable information on ecological forest management, value-added products, and the most up-to-date techniques on sap collection and processing. It also looks at an integrated sugaring operation, interconnected to the whole-farm system, woodland, and community.

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Thirty-four years ago, the Winter Olympics were held in our region in a small village, with much less spectacle than the modern games. As the Sochi games approach, some of the people involved with the Lake Placid Olympics are looking back at the 1980 Games — and noticing just how much the Games have changed.

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Lake Placid is best known for hosting the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. Republican Craig Randall has been mayor of the Adirondack village for four years and is running unopposed for reelection.  On today’s Community Corner Mayor Craig Randall talks about managing the most famous village in the region.

Winter is coming to Lake Placid, three days ahead of schedule.  The sliding track at Mt. Van Hoevenberg is expected to open for on-ice training Friday.

USA Luge will get the ice first, starting around 9 a.m., followed by the U.S. skeleton team later that morning and the U.S. bobsled team in the evening.

Sliding will continue Saturday, barring any unforeseen changes in conditions, then resume Monday — the originally planned opening date.