\- -'T.-yr*^''.—'r,'\\\ * Berne books to town park? ar-^K^^s^',,- NEWS Easement unease in N.S. pages i^J6^'- no NOT CUP ANYTHING from newspapers This £ deSg library property, and anyone found doing this ^ai^p:;- Hoop dreams squasked $& : lSir,.: : . \if^w »V..f ••v7TT?.V'' Thursday, March 2, 2006 Albany County's Independent Newspaper For 121 Years Number 32 and Albany County Post The Enterprise — Melissa Hale-Spencer Close battle: Adirondack's Danielle.Dillabough, left, mixes it up with Western's Adrianna Riggio during the last of 15 women's ice hockey matches at the Empire State Winter Games. The match ended in a tie, 3 to 3, giving Adirondack the gold medal. Neck and neck, Adirondack fights for gold By Melissa Hale-Spencer LAKE PLACID — Nicole Stagg is a team player. The 26-year-old Voorheesville native was a member of the Adi- rondack women's ice hockey team that Upset the traditional winner at the Empire State Games to bring home the gold medal. \It was awesome,\ said Stagg on Sunday. \I was just glad to be a part of it.\ The game was played in the Jack Shea arena, built for the 1932 Olympics, and named for a Lake Placid native who won two gold medals for speed. skating and later became the town su- pervisor. Ifs part of the same complex that houses the rink built for the 1980 Olympics where, in the midst of the Cold War, the United States beat the Russian team in what has be- come known as \The Miracle on Ice.\ The crowd Sunday was wrapped up in its own miracle. The spectators stomped, rang bells, banged the boards, and roared as goals were scored first by one team and then the other. \I'm not used to that many people watching. We usually get one or two, mostly somebody's boyfriend,\ said Stagg who, along with six other Adirondack team members, regularly plays with the Hudson Valley Waves. The Empire State medal win- ners were determined Sunday in the final game of 15 games played by six teams during the weekend. The Adirondack team squared off against the Western New York team in a closely matched, very physical game. Powerhouse Western New York had won the gold for the last several years while the Adi- rondack team had won the silver medal. The final score Sunday was tied —3 to 3 — giving the unde- feated Adirondack team first place. The Adirondack team mem- bers skated into a joyous huddle when the final horn sounded, celebrating their gold medal. Among them was Andrea Kil- bourne, a native of Saranac Lake, who. won a silver medal when she skated for the United States Women's Hockey Team at Salt Lake City in 2002. \She was definitely a leader,\ said Stagg of Kilbourne., a for- ward like Stagg. \She made that first line dynamic.\ The 3 - 3 tie on Sunday gave Adirondack first place with four wins and a tie. Central, with four wins and one loss, won the silver, and Western — with three, wins, an upset loss to Central, and Sunday's tie — won the bronze.. New York City was fourth; Long Island, fifth; and Hudson Valley, sixth. \It was intense,\ said Stagg of the level of play at the Games. (Continued on Page 12) Bomb ends Birds' season By Tim Matteson VOORHEESVILLE — A bomb of a shot blew up the season for the Voorheesville boys' basket- ball team. Schuylerville's Chris Carson hit a long-distance three-point shot at the final buzzer to hand the Blackbirds a stunning 37-35 loss in a Class B Section II semi- final at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Wednesday night. Carson's shot came from the three-point line that marks the distance for three-point shots used by professional basketball teams. \He picked the right time to hit his first three-pointer of the season,\ said Voorheesville Coach Don Catellier. \It was a bomb. We gave them a bomb and he was able to hit it. That's what (Continued on Page 32) Mdrrintdn campM to transfdrhiecl By Jarrett Carroll ALBANY — After months of discussion, a $240 million quar- ter-century plan for the W. Averill Harriman *State Office Campus was unveiled to mixed reactions Tuesday night. With a loiig^term master plan that will taite 25 to 30 years to complete, the 1960's state cam- pus is to be transformed into a modern, publiclyraccessible, mixed-use development. The new campus-will'include research and development facili- ties for private technology com- panies and academic programs, a collection of small shops, a hotel,\ and new residential housing. Z\ 1 As a result of the proposed mixed-use facilities, fewer parking spaces, will be needed, planners say. The plans only call for 8,000 parking spaces, down from the current 11,000. About 200 people, including local residents and state workers now at the campus, expressed both concern and delight with the new plans unveiled in building number three of the campus. The purpose of the meeting was to let residents and state workers know what is being planned and to get feedback from the community, according to Harriman Research and Technology Development Corpo- ration President F. Michael Tucker. The campus is located off Western Avenue in Albany, near the Guilderland town }ine. The plan represents Albany's biggest development effort since the creation of the Empire State Plaza. It focuses on shifting the majority of state employees from the uptown Harriman campus to downtown Albany, and privat- izing the campus with more technology, academic, retail, and residential development. Only about 1,000 state workers will be left at Harriman. Much of the planning .depends, upon private investments, and is to create 8,000 new private sec- tor jobs. The tax-and-finance building, the power-plant building, and the Office of General Services warehouse are all slated to be torn down, as well as most of the outer road ring, which is over 250 feet wide, that surrounds the campus. However, connec- tions to Interstate 90 and Route (Continued on Page 18) / Inside this week's edition Starting on page.... Opinion [Page21 News 1 Pages 1 Community Calendar Page\ CiasslSieds N 626 SpOrtS Page 28 Q |||. Il( 27912' lllli 03 111 0,45 7 nt;,wfcjtttt<i»£.Ji^*(*ji J&a?, JS3$$±Z$)B!##£ iS!SM*ifet&SSft&t»S5i' , !S,*S • -.!