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LAKE PLACID NEWS LAKE PLACID, NEW YORK • HOST OF THE 1932 AND 1980 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES VOL. 103, NO. 49 • 103RD YEAR FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 19 — DECEMBER 25, 2008 THREE SECTIONS • 30 PAGES • $1 NEW IN THIS ISSUE LPHS Photo of the Week See page 12 LPHS GIRLS HOCKEY ACTION See Sports, page 15 SANTA'S WORKSHOP Yuletide Family weekend slated in Wilmington Dec. 20 and 21 See Visiting Lake Placid, page 23 Local schools face budget cuts Lake Placid, Keene among districts to lose funds under governor's plan HEATHER SACKETT NEWS STAFF WRITER LAKE PLACID - Gov. David Paterson's proposed education cuts of nearly $700 million - 3.3 percent - in the 2009-10 budget did not spare Essex County school districts. In a one-time $1.1 billion Deficit Reduction Assessment, the budget pro- poses to cut money from each district, based on income wealth,, property wealth and whether the dis- trict is considered high needs. Districts with the greatest need and least ability to pay will receive the smallest per- centage reduction in aid. Under the proposed budget, the Lake Placid Central School District stands to lose $159,748 - 7.21 percent - in state aid for the next school year. That is the sec- ond highest cut in state aid for Essex County, other than Newcomb, which is looking at a 12 percent aid reduction for the 2009-10 school year. Lake Placid district offi- cials did not return phone calls for comment as of press time. Keene Central School District is looking at a 6.3 percent cut - about $42,000. \(The cuts) were expect- ed,\ said Keene Superintendent Cynthia Ford-Johnston. \In these tough times I wouldn't expect education to be spared. Sometimes it's good to be considered a wealthy school district because you don't get a lot in aid, but you aren't dependent on it.\. Essex County school dis- tricts as a whole stand to lose See SCHOOL BUDGET Page 8 SECTION A 'RADICAL IN OUR MIDST Crossing borders as art NAJ WIKOFF NEWS CORRESPONDENT KEENE VALLEY - Jerilea Zempel got a call from the Financial Times of Finland asking for infor- mation about her art. This was fol- lowed a day later by a call from the Colbert Report. They wanted to interview her. She knew something was up. She Googled herself to find scores of references to her being delayed for several hours by U.S. Customs as she attempted to return from installing one of her works of art, in this case the blanketing of a rented Hyundai Santa Fe with a form fitting crocheted white cozy at the Cultural Capital Festival in Sackville, New Brunswick. The delay at the Houlton, Maine crossing irked her. She had a long, long drive home to Keene Valley. She had just finished two arduous weeks finishing and installing her art. She was tired. But more, the customs agents had gone through her laptop computer, her cell phone, her digital camera, her suitcases. See BORDER CROSSING Page 9 Jerilea Zempel, of Keene Valley, above. Also pictured at top and at right is some v of her \radical knitting.\ Clock is ticking for W'face Lodge to answer lien action LAKE PLACID - Several local companies that say the White face Lodge owes them money have filed a mechanics' lien foreclosure action against the lodging property in Essex County Supreme Court. Andrew Chary Architect PLLC, Anderson Architecture Inc., Lake Placid Rental and Supply and Liwib Lumber Company LLC are named as the plaintiffs in the class actjon. lawsuit. Together, they say they are owed a total of $89,130.22 for work completed in 2007. The com- plaint, filed on Tuesday, Dec. 9 in Elizabethtown, says the Whiteface Lodge has 20 days to answer it. According to the lawyer for the plaintiffs Yuri Gaspar, of the Lake Placid law firm Gaspar and Smith, the mechanics' lien was originally filed in April. Soon after, the owners of the high-end property T-Rex Capital LLC returned the property to its lenders, one of which was the now-defunct Lehman Brothers, cit- ing a slow housing market. The property was then transferred to new owners Whiteface Residential, LLC, Whiteface Commercial, LLC and Whiteface Canoe, LLC. According to Gaspar, the new owners refused to pay. the liens and the plaintiffs are seeking the sale of the Whiteface Lodge at public auction. The lawsuit also involves third-party^ htfmeowners. who bought timeshafes from T-Rex after the lien had been filed. T-Rex Capital bought the Whiteface Lodge from Lake Placid developer Joe Barile in 2007 for an unprecedented $62.2 million. According to deeds recorded in the Essex County Clerk's office, the new owners bought the property a little more than a year later for about $60 million. Mike Straube, general manager of the Whiteface Lodge, said he would not comment on pending litigation. —Heather Sackett PHOTO/ALTC1A BRANDES The Lake Placid Middle School Chorus singing after the tree light- ing ceremony at Mid's Park during the Holiday Village Stroll Saturday, Dec. 6. The chorus is directed by Kim Weems. INDEX AREA. PAGE 2 INSIDE THE NEWS COMMUNITY. PAGE 3 • PERSPECTIVE. PAGES 4-5 • PUZZLES, PAGE 6 • SPORTS, PAGE 15 LAKEPLACIDNEWS.COM •Keene woman in critical AREA NEWS, PAGE 2 •Local courts get grants AREA NEWS, PAGE 8 New rules for parking meters AREA NEWS, PAGE 9 Village, town consolidation AREA NEWS, PAGE 13 cll»<A||cilnEv|.clm SCHOOL HONOR ROLLS SEE mt 18 CLASSIFIED, PAGE 18 • PLANNER, PAGE 24 HOW TO REACH US (,.lH) r 5234401 FAX (518) 523-1351 news@lakeplacidnews.com MBHHS»U030

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