Plastic Bridge in Adirondakc's Pigoen Lake Wilderness Stirs Controversy

Plastic Bridge in Adirondakc's Pigoen Lake Wilderness Stirs Controversy

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January 7th, 2002, 3:01 pm #1

State officials say the gray, 500-foot boardwalk in Ferd's Bog in the Adirondack State Park was constructed with the environment in mind.

The bog is in the Pigeon Lake Wilderness Area about 70 miles northwest of Albany, in the heart of bird-watching country. Because so many ornithologists visit the spot, state Department of Environmental Conservation officials feared damage to the wetland.

A wooden boardwalk that would keep bird-watchers off the bog was designed in compliance with state regulations. A Department of Environmental Conservation document said the structure would have to "blend in with the surrounding environment."

By the time construction began on the 3 1/2-foot-wide walkway in the fall of 1998, state officials decided low-maintenance plastic would be better than wood, which is treated with potentially harmful preservatives. There was no public hearing on the change, which was approved by the state Adirondack Park Agency in routine public meetings.
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January 7th, 2002, 3:27 pm #2

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- One of the last of the Golden Age hotels in the Adirondacks is being demolished.
Crews were razing the Agora Complex at the Lake Placid Club, where a theater, chapel, and 90 hotel units drew the rich and famous in the early 1900s, the Plattsburgh Press-Republican reported in Thursday's paper.
The Lake Placid Club was founded in 1895 by Melvil Dewey, the inventor of the Dewey Decimal System. The five-story hotel was credited with luring the 1932 Winter Olympics to Lake Placid.
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February 5th, 2002, 3:18 pm #3

LAKE PLACID — Despite a national drop in travel, this village is logging double-digit increases in visits thanks to the Olympics and travelers’ reluctance to use the skies.

Average occupancy across the nation dipped to slightly less than 60 percent, the lowest since 1971.
But reservations for vacation visits to Lake Placid, made through the Visitors Bureau call center and online site, increased by 46 percent over last year, according to McKenna, who said travelers booked more than $1 million worth of room nights thus far this season with non-discounted room rates
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February 26th, 2002, 2:19 pm #4

There could be no better way to build upon New York's proud Olympic legacy than to bring the Winter Games back to Lake Placid and the North Country,” Gov. George Pataki said in last month's State of the State address.
Last year, Pataki set up a commission to figure out how to make that happen. Details are vague. Options under discussion include a regional approach — spreading venues to Albany, Burlington, Vt., even Montreal.
Some believe a third Games are possible as early as 2014, two years after New York City hopes to host the Summer Olympics. But Mike Moran, spokesman for the U.S. Olympic Committee, says that's unlikely.
Whether an American city holds the 2012 Summer Games or not, it will be “years down the line” before the USOC considers another winter bid, Moran said.
James McKenna, president of the Lake Placid/Essex County Visitors Bureau, thinks 2022 is more realistic.
http://rutlandherald.nybor.com/News/Sta ... 42954.html
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February 27th, 2002, 4:47 pm #5

Lake Placid has been trying to jockey itself into position for a third Winter Olympics bid for a good couple of years now. Two years ago, it hosted the World Games largely in an attempt to show the world that it can still host big time events. Prior to the World Games, ORDA (Olympic Regional Development Authority, I think) was able to get funding for a lot of upgrades around the area, including a high-speed gondola at Whiteface and seriously upgrading the bobsled run at Mount Van Hovenburg. For the last few years, us New Yorkers have also been asked on our State tax returns whether we'd like to contribute to the Lake Placid Olympic Fund. 2022 is the year I hear consistently mentioned.
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August 12th, 2003, 4:29 am #6

There could be no better way to build upon New York's proud Olympic legacy than to bring the Winter Games back to Lake Placid and the North Country,” Gov. George Pataki said in last month's State of the State address.
Last year, Pataki set up a commission to figure out how to make that happen. Details are vague. Options under discussion include a regional approach — spreading venues to Albany, Burlington, Vt., even Montreal.
Some believe a third Games are possible as early as 2014, two years after New York City hopes to host the Summer Olympics. But Mike Moran, spokesman for the U.S. Olympic Committee, says that's unlikely.
Whether an American city holds the 2012 Summer Games or not, it will be “years down the line” before the USOC considers another winter bid, Moran said.
James McKenna, president of the Lake Placid/Essex County Visitors Bureau, thinks 2022 is more realistic.
http://rutlandherald.nybor.com/News/Sta ... 42954.html
FOREST LAKE, MN - <a href=http://www.ushockeyhall.com/80team/herb_brooks.htm>Herb Brooks</a>, a <a href=http://www.ci.stpaul.mn.us>St. Paul</a> native and legendary <a href=http://www.gophersports.com/sportsNews/ ... >Minnesota hockey coach</a> who led a band of U.S. collegians to the 1980 Olympic gold medal in the famed "<a href=http://msn.espn.go.com/classic/s/miracl ... ml>Miracle on Ice</a>," was killed Monday when his minivan crashed on Interstate 35 near <a href=http://www.forestlake.ws/>Forest Lake</a>.

Brooks, 66, was traveling alone in his 2002 <a href=http://www.toyota.com/sienna/>Toyota Sienna</a> after playing in a golf tournament in the northern <a href=http://www.state.mn.us/cgi-bin/portal/m ... nnesota</a> town of <a href=http://2havefun.com/Places/North-East/B ... Biwabik</a> organized by the <a href=http://www.ushockeyhall.com/>U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame</a>. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which took place about 2:40 p.m. on southbound I-35, just north of the junction of I-35E and I-35W.

Witnesses said Brooks' minivan drifted off to the right shoulder and into the grassy area and then swerved sharply back to the left, crossing three lanes of traffic before rolling over several times in the median, said <a href=mailto:Charles.M.Walerius@state.mn.us>Lt. Chuck Walerius</a> of the <a href=http://www.dps.state.mn.us/patrol/>Minnesota State Patrol</a>.
<a href=http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincitie ... .htm>Click here to read the article</a>.
Emergency personnel stand near the body of former hockey coaching great Herb Brooks
following a one-car rollover accident just south of Forest Lake on Interstate 35 in Columbus
Township. The car Brooks was driving, a Toyota minivan, is shown in the foreground.
(Photo and text by Cliff Buchan, <a href=http://www.forestlaketimes.com/>Forest Lake Times</a>)
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