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The last round from The Journal

November 14, 2009
By Howard Riley

When these old newspapers come into my possession, it's tough to leave them because the news from past years seems to prove the old adage that the more things change, the more things stay the same.

A couple of weeks ago I published a picture of the Saranac Lake High School cheerleaders from the now defunct "Journal" of Lake Placid and Saranac Lake, edited by Fred Ellers and Bill McLaughlin.

Clyde Baker wanted to know if I had been threatened with bodily harm from any of those glamorous teenagers for printing their picture from the 1970s. Of course, I told him I had not. He then assured me that one of the girls in the picture, Marilyn Branch, who now lives in Vermont, but maintains a home in Saranac Lake, would be made aware of her recent claim to fame.

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“Picture of the Week” from The Journal: The Lake Placid Blue Bombers cheerleaders, front row, left to right: Terri Carver, Martha Lopez, Nancy Thompson, Laurie Vassar, Nancy Sibalski and Donna Taylor; back row, from left to right: Tresa Lopez, Amy Dixon, Mary Claire Symthe, Susan Preston, Susan Jesmer, Carol Vaughn, Carol Southmayd and Kim Karre.
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Then it came to me through the grapevine that my longtime friend Laurie (Vassar) Beatty was rather miffed that the Saranac Lake cheerleaders received all that publicity and was kind of jealous that the Lake Placid cheerleaders did not get equal coverage. So the photo today seeks to correct that oversight.

It was a long time ago when Laurie came into my office (of the Lake Placid News) in the North Elba Town Hall as a kid selling Girl Scout cookies and then we later worked together at the Adirondack North County Association.

It was the old town hall with its elegant auditorium and beautiful creaking wooden stairways, not the sterile edifice that it is today, modernized for the 1980 Olympic Winter Games.

And, while I'm thinking of it, editors and sign writers please take note: It is never, never written "1980 Winter Olympic Games" as I have witnessed it written from time to time, but it is always, always written "1980 Olympic Winter Games."

I was in Innsbruck, Austria with Mayor Robert Peacock, Rev. J. Bernard Fell and Luke Patnode as they were being interviewed and as the reporter took notes (we were sitting in a booth in a restaurant). Rev. Fell looked down at the reporter's scribbling and corrected the above phrase.

"The Journal" February 1971

"The Lake Placid Flyers, under the direction of Corky Colby and Chuck Berghorn, put on a great exhibition of jumping off the 15-meter hill. Class 6 jumpers taking home honors were: 1st place, Kevin Morgan; 2nd place, Mike Damp; 3rd place, Mike Wilson. The first three places in Class 5 went to Art Jubin, Brad Colby and Rhett Colby. Class 4 first three places went to Mike Bimonte, Brian Morgan and Tim Torrance. In Class 1 competition Terry Morgan was first with a score of 149.4; second place went to Joe Lamb with a score of 148.6 and third place went to Tom Oddy with a score of 144.8."

"The LEXAN Plastics Division of the General Electric Company for the second year will sponsor snowmobile races at Lake Placid on Saturday, February 20. The three events to be organized by Gordon Wilson and Tommy Vassar and the North Elba Park District will be Cross Country, Obstacle and Hill climb and a race for Juniors. Contestants are to assemble at the Lake Placid Airport at 10 o'clock in the morning for the Cross Country Race, the other events will follow at 1 p.m. near the ski jumps."

"Robert Allen, Executive Director of the North Elba Park District, has secured the closed circuit telecast of the Joe Fraser-Muhammed Ali fight.

"Lake Placid and the Olympic Arena in particular staged the coup of the year in obtaining the rights for the telecast. All area residents will be able to see the fight on a theater size screen at the precise moment of its happening. There will be no home television or radio, either live or post broadcast. The only way it can be seen is by closed- circuit television. General admission is $12.50, reserved seats cost $17.50."

"There is going to be a Glendesprung contest at Big Tupper Ski Area on Sunday, March 7, 1971. The contest will begin at 1 p.m. This contest is a jumping contest to see who can jump the farthest and with the most style. This will be the first Glendesprung held at Big Tupper Ski area. There is one held at Glenallen Ski Area in Vermont. The contest consists of one person jumping with alpine skis with poles off a manmade jump. Local merchants will be donating skis, ski boots poles and clothing to be given as prizes."



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