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PAGE 12 * lakeplacidnews.com LAKE PLACID.NEWS DECEMBER 2 6 * 2 00 8 LP festival planned to coincide with events in February GEORGE EARL FOR THE NEWS LAKE PLACID - A gigantic celebration will spread out over the ice on Mirror Lake and the village park in February, with hockey and curling, hot chocholate and hot dogs, sleighrides and snow sculptures, artwork and fireworks, - even a hot air balloon - at least, that's the plan so far. Community leaders con- verged on Monday to map out the details of a festival that would coincide with the announcement of the world champion's for bobsled, luge and skeleton, tentatively set for Feb. 7, 22, and 28. The winners are slated to slide down a makeshift hill in a toboggan during an award ceremony at the public beach on Lake Placid. Joe Lamb, the moving force behind the plan, said his busi- ness will donate four framed panels of 4-by-8-foot masonite to local schools so that each- can paint a mural depicting the £<$nimunity's tradition of hosting world events, including eight bob- sled chanipiqjisnips. The murals would be displayed in the park during the festival along with bonfires, street acting and other theatrical performances. Though still largely concep- tual, the plan is quickly build- ing momentum with several organizations volunteering support. The Lions and Rotary Clubs have offered to help greet vis- itors and coordinate activities. The Lake Placid Central School is considering a musi- cal performance. A local bluegrass band has also vol- unteered to play. Lake Placid/Essex County Visitors Bureau President Jim McKenna has said^h&MLpro- vide staff suppgp durin^^e^> event. i Stated Oljppc, Regional **\ Development Authority President Ted Blazer offered to work with organizers to provide a space for indoor entertainment. Gordy Sheer, of U.S. Luge, along with representatives from U.S. bobsled and skele- ton, all chimed in on ways they could help. The group plans to meet again next week at 4 p.m. in the upstairs of the base lodge at the Olympic Ski Jumps. \We can do this on the purse strings our parents did it on. It's in our blood,\ Lamb said. \These are the things we need to show off - our com- munity and our youth - let s show them Lake Placid knows how to throw a party \ Tracking work- atVIC Gillibrand 3rd in poll; Kennedy, Cuomo lead in choice for Senate NATHAN BROWN FOR THE NEWS SARANAC LAKE - New Yorkers are about evenly divided over whether Gov. David Paterson should pick Caroline Kennedy or state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to replace U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton, but a large majority think Paterson will pick Kennedy. U.S. Rep. . Kirsten Gillibrand of Greenport, whose Congressional district stretches north as far as Lake Placid and part of Saranac Lake, was the third-favorite with the majority of demo- graphic groups, according to the Siena Research Institute's December poll of 622 registered voters. In the results released on Dec. 17, 26 percent of vot- ers polled, and 30 percent of Democrats, said Cuomo should take the seat Clinton is expected to vacate to become U.S. secretary of state in January. Twenty- three percent, and 28 percent of Democrats, said Kennedy. Gillibrand came in a distant third with 7 percent support, garnering 5 percent from Democrats, 9 percent from Republicans and 9 percent from independents. U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins of Buffalo came in fourth with 6 percent, and Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi followed with 5 per- cent. Eighteen percent of those polled had no opinion. Thirty-one percent of vot- ers said they expected Kennedy to be picked, and 16 percent said Cuomo. , Gillibrand came in third with 5 percent statewide and 7 percent upstate. However, 38 percent said they didn't know whom they expected Paterson to pick. Fifty-eight percent of vot- ers had a favorable opinion of Kennedy, 21 percent unfavorable; for Cuomo, 59 percent had a favorable view, 24 percent unfavor- able. Steven Greenberg of Siena said these were the only two candidates they asked this question about, as all the others only have regional, not statewide, name recognition. Upstate, 22 percent said they favored Cuomo, 18 per- cent, said Kennedy, and Gillibrand and Higgins tied with 14 percent. Upstate and downstate, Cuomo was the first choice and Kennedy the secpnd with almost every demographic group. ,.' By age group, Gillibrand did best in the 18-34 demo- graphic, with 10 percent of them saying they favored her. She only got 5 percent support in the over-5 5 age group, placing fifth behind Higgins and Suozzi. Ten percent of men statewide said they favored Gillibrand, putting her in third place witji them; 5 percent of women did, producing a three-way tie with Higgins and U.S. Rep. Nydia Velasquez of New York City. Gillibrand came in third with Catholics with 9 percent, fourth with Protestants at. 7 percent and fifth with Jews at 3 percent. Greenberg said 38 percent of those sampled are New York City residents, 24 per- cent live in the suburbs of New York City, and 39 per- cent are upstate - the same, proportionally, as the break- down of registered voters statewide. He said the poll does not divide the state into smaller regions because, with a sample size of 622, the margin of error would grow so large as to be unworkable. Rachel McEneny, Gillibrand's communica- tions director, said in late November that if Gillibrand were chosen to replace Clinton, Paterson would have to call a special elec-*; tioh for Gillibrand* s'* Congress seat. This would normally be held in February or March and must be com- pleted before the November election cycle. McEneny said Paterson would not choose Gillibrand's replace- ment. McEneny added that Gillibrand, if picked for the Senate would remain a con- gresswoman until the day Clinton is sworn into office and, following that position shift, Gillibrand's congres- sional seat would be empty until the special election.is complete. Take the Chill Out of Whether you rent an apartment or own your own home, follow these simple tips to control energy costs - shops NEWCOMB - Early January programs at the Adirondack Park Agency Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC) in Newcomb will include an animal tracking snowshoe walk and a GPS workshop. On Saturday, Jan. 3, guest naturalist Peter O'Shea will begin the \Out and About Winter Tracking\ program at 1:30 p.m. O'Shea will lead a snowshoe walk on one of the VIC trails and share informa- tion about the world of animal tracks. Pre-registration is required for this free program. Adirondack Connections Guide Service will lead a \Learn to use a GPS\ Workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10. This is a beginner-level GPS workshop. Pre-registration and prepay- ment are required by Dec. 31. The cost is $55 per person. The Newcomb VIC is locat- ed 12 miles east of Long Lake on state Route 28N. Call 582- 2000. WANTED! 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