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At % - LAKE PLACID NEWS LAKE PLACID, NEW YORK • HOST OF THE 1932 AND 1980 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES VOL. 103, NO. 50 • I03RD YEAR FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 26, 2008 — JANUARY I, 2009 THREE SECTIONS • 32 PAGES • $1 SPECIAL PULLOUT: THE YEAR IN REVIEW STELLAR PERFORMANCE See Sports, page 15 Billy Demong takes 1st, 2nd in Austrian Nordic Combined World Cup events WHITEFACE POSTCARD PAGE Photo special highlights a mountain visit See Visiting Lake Placid, page 25 W'ton Zoning Board says no to development HEATHER SACKETT NEWS STAFF WRiTEr WILMINGTON - The Wilmington town Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously denied an application for a controversial townhouse develop- ment near the beach at its regular meeting on Dec. 17. The project, which would have required a den- sity variance from the ZBA, has some residents questioning what kind of development - if any - is appropriate for Wilmington's future. \What this town is having is, quite frankly, a won- derful discussion about where we wish Wilmington to be 10 years from now,\ said Zoning Board mem- ber Jerry Bottcher. The 36-unit townhouse development on 10 acres near the town beach was submitted by First Columbia, a Latham-based real estate development company. First Columbia was seeking a variance from the /.oning board because Wilmington's land- use code allows for a maximum of 20 units on 10 acres. A group of residents who were opposed to grant- ing the variance spoke out against the project at a public hearing last month and recently threatened to file an Article 78 lawsuit against the town if the zoning board granted the variance. According to Bottcher, who owns the Hungry Trout Motor Inn and Restaurant, the community is divided between those who would like to see growth for the town and those who want it to stay the way it is. \There is a segment that has no attachment to business or tourism that have a wish to see no devel- opment there,\ he said. \That is certainly a voice to be heard. There is also a voice from the business community and those involved in tourism that would like to see managed growth that would posi- tively affect our business climate.\ Larry Hegele and his wife Rose Ann Cooney own Whiteface Suites and Cabins, a property adjacent to the proposed project. They have been two of the most vocal opponents to the project, saying it would violate the land-use code. \I think it's a good thing,\ Hegele said about the denial of the project. \We are glad.\ Greg Kato, a Jay-based public affairs representa- tive for First Columbia, said he is discouraged by the lack of community support for the p'roject, which according to him would bring 150 jobs to Wilmington over the next five years and $7.5 mil- lion in new development during one of the worst See W'TON ZONING BOARD Page 8 SKATE INTO 2009 PHOTO ABOVE. RICHARD ROSENTRETER, PHOTO BELOW, NAJ WIKOFF/LAKE PLACID NEWS Above, visitors enjoy a skate around the Olympic Oval. Below, Christie Sausa, who helped organize the New Year's Eve skating event, now in its second year. Family-oriented event slated at the Olympic Oval New Year's Eve NAJ WIKOFF NEWS CORRESPONDENT LAKE PLACID - Would you like something different and fun to do this New Year's Eve - an event that the whole family can enjoy? Then' grab your skates, your friends, your kids and come to the Olympic Oval for a skating party that begins at 10:30 p.m. and goes through midnight to 12:30 a.m. There will be music, free refresh- ments, lots of ice and no alcohol. Best yet, 100 percent of the admis- sion fees and money taken in from skate rentals will be used to help area children learn how to skate or participate in figure skating, speed skating or hockey. The event is the brainchild of 18-year-old Christie Sausa. Two .years ago she heard guests at her family's motel ask what there was to do on New Year's Eve. things that they could do with their families or that did not involve going to bars. Christie likes to skate. She thought, why not have a skating party? Last year, with the help of ORDA, CYC (Connecting Youth and Community Coalition of Lake Placid and Wilmington) and a lot of volunteers, she tried out the idea and it was a huge success - nearly 800 people showed up. Once again ORDA is donating the ice, a Zamboni to clean and pre- pare the ice, and an EMT for safety. CY.C is helping with piomoting and financially supporting Ihe benefit. See SKATE INTO 2009 Page 8 Nowhere to run: Looking back at a prison escape LAKE PLACID NEWS FILE PHOTO An aerial view of the Federal Correctional Institution in Ray Brook. Editor's note: The end of the year usually has people look- ing back at the course of the past 12 months and lots of newspapers publish a Year in Review special, such as the one inserted in this week's Lake Placid News. This week also includes a story that revisits an escape from the Ray Brook Federal Correctional Institution in 19X2, the idea for which came when some old photos of law enforcement offi- cials with bloodhounds and the search effort were found in the News archives. The prisoner was eventually captured in Lake Placid. Prison officials kindly put the Lake Placid News in touch with someone who worked at the prison at the time of the escape to give us a first-hand account of the incident. HEATHER SACKETT NF.WS STAFF WRITI-.K LAKE PLACID - When convicted murderer Barrington Stephens escaped from the medium-security Federal Correctional Institution in Ray Brook in 1982, law enforce- ment officials, tracking dogs and local residents, aided by the rugged and harsh Adirondack landscape, returned him quickly to justice. According to the Lake Placid News report. Stephens escaped on the night of Tuesday. Sept. 28, 1982 and was apprehend- ed three days later in Lake Placid on the morning of Friday. Oct. 1. 1982.\The Jamaican resident was serving a six-month sentence at Ray Brook for illegal re-entrance. But he was scheduled to be released to state authorities on Oct. 1 to serve a sentence of 25 years to life for second degree murder and second degree criminal possession of a weapon. At the time, prison officials did not provide information about how Stephens breached See PRISON ESCAPE Page 9 r*3e-. H.T1-* i I .AM: PLACID NEWS ITU: PHOTO Dog handler Leo Brown with Barney, the blood- hound INDEX AREA, PAGE 2 • COMMUNITY, PAGE 3 • PERSPECTIVE, PAGES 4-5 • PUZZLES, PAGE 6 • SPORTS, PAGE 15 INSIDE THE NEWS • ORDA lawyer got two pensions • LP festival planned in February AREA NEWS, PAGE 2 AREA NEWS, PAGE 12 • LP village justice to retire • KCS recognized, by US News AREA NEWS, PAGE 10 AREA NEWS, PAGE 14 LAKEPLACIDNEWS.COM CLASSIFIED, PAGE 20 • PLANNER, PAGE 26 HOW TO REACH US LOCAL SCENE, PAGE 19 SHUTTLE SCHEDULE ,••• SEE PAGE 27 (518) 5234401 FAX (518) 523-1351 nows@lakeplacidnews.com

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