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Saranac Lake turned out after the 2010 Vancouver games for a parade to honor returning North Country Olympic athletes. Photo: Nancie Battaglia
Saranac Lake turned out after the 2010 Vancouver games for a parade to honor returning North Country Olympic athletes. Photo: Nancie Battaglia

It's Saranac Lake Olympic Parade day today!

It's celebration day in Saranac Lake as Olympians who competed in Sochi return home for a parade and other events.

At least six Olympians will gather at Saranac Lake High School this afternoon for a school assembly. There will then be a downtown parade and torch lighting at 3:30.

Local athletes Lowell Bailey, Tim Burke, Annelies Cook, Peter Frenette and Jamie Greubel will be on hand.

Brian Mann will have more on the celebration tomorrow morning during Morning Edition and the 8 O'clock Hour.  Go to full article
The Adirondack Museum has three wooden crates full of antique soda bottles from the Riverside Bottling Works in Warren County.  Photo: Andy Flynn
The Adirondack Museum has three wooden crates full of antique soda bottles from the Riverside Bottling Works in Warren County. Photo: Andy Flynn

Listen: Soda bottles trace a Warren County story

In the Adirondack Attic series, with Andy Flynn, NCPR is collaborating with Andy and his sources at the Adirondack Museum and other historical associations and museums in the region to bring local history stories to light.

In this installment, Andy talks with Adirondack Museum chief curator Laura Rice about antique soda bottles from the Riverside Bottling Works in Warren County, and the story they tell about the bottling industry in the hamlet that's now called Riparius.  Go to full article
Governor Andrew Cuomo sleds in Franklin County on Sunday as part of his Adirondack Winter Challenge.  Photo provided by NYS Governor's office
Governor Andrew Cuomo sleds in Franklin County on Sunday as part of his Adirondack Winter Challenge. Photo provided by NYS Governor's office

Cuomo cheerleads Adirondack, Lake Placid tourism

Gov. Andrew Cuomo led a group of lawmakers on a day-long visit to the Adirondack Park yesterday.

The Adirondack Winter Challenge is part of his administration's $60 million effort, launched last year, to boost upstate tourism. The event was also designed to build support in Albany for state-run tourism sites that cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars a year to operate.  Go to full article
Luger Erin Hamlin has already received a hometown parade following her return to Remsen after the games. Photo: David Sommerstein
Luger Erin Hamlin has already received a hometown parade following her return to Remsen after the games. Photo: David Sommerstein

Olympic parades set for Saranac Lake, Lake Placid

Two Adirondack villages will hold parades this month to celebrate the North Country's success at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Lake Placid will hold a parade March 16, honoring home-town silver medalist Andrew Weibrecht, and bronze medalist Erin Hamlin from Remsen. Also on hand will be two bronze-winning bobsled racers, Steve Holcomb and Steve Langton. That parade will begin at 5:30 in the evening and will conclude with fireworks over the Olympic village.

On March 26, a second parade will be held in Saranac Lake. That parade, on Broadway, will also include local Olympians and their families, as well as young athletes from downhill and cross-country ski teams. The Saranac Lake parade will kick off at 3:30 pm. In all, more than a dozen athletes from the North Country region competed in the Sochi Oympics in sports ranging from luge sled racing to Alpine Super-G.  Go to full article
Erin Hamlin celebrates with her brother, mother, and father in the Remsen high school gym Thursday night. Photo: David Sommerstein.
Erin Hamlin celebrates with her brother, mother, and father in the Remsen high school gym Thursday night. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Olympian Erin Hamlin comes home to a town shining like bronze

America's first athlete to win a medal in singles luge was treated to a homecoming fit for a hero last night. Erin Hamlin's thrilling runs on the luge track in Sochi earned her the bronze.

After interviews, celebrity appearances, and photo shoots in New York City this week, Hamlin touched down at the Syracuse airport. A police escort and fire trucks guided her past miles of cheering crowds to the tiny town of Remsen in the foothills of the southern Adirondacks.  Go to full article
One of Battaglia's iconic images from 2014 will be Erin Hamlin's moment of victory in Sochi.  Photo:  Nancie Battaglia
One of Battaglia's iconic images from 2014 will be Erin Hamlin's moment of victory in Sochi. Photo: Nancie Battaglia

Hamlin celebration set for Thursday in Remsen

A tiny town on the southern tip of the Tug Hill Plateau is getting ready for an Olympic-scale celebration. Luger Erin Hamlin, who won a Bronze medal in the Sochi Olympic Games, is scheduled to return home to the town of Remsen Thursday around 7 pm.  Go to full article
Olympian Erin Hamlin (left) and Duncan Kennedy of the United States Luge Association work with Professor Doug Bohl, grad student Brian Heckendorf, and Professor Brian Helenbrook on sizing a sled so that they can model it electronically, and then manufacture it.  Photo: Clarkson University
Olympian Erin Hamlin (left) and Duncan Kennedy of the United States Luge Association work with Professor Doug Bohl, grad student Brian Heckendorf, and Professor Brian Helenbrook on sizing a sled so that they can model it electronically, and then manufacture it. Photo: Clarkson University

Clarkson engineers designing a faster luge sled

The Sochi winter Olympics have wrapped up, but Clarkson University researchers are already working on the 2018 Winter Games: Mechanical engineering professor Doug Bohl uses computer models and wind tunnels to build a faster, more comfortable sled for American lugers.  Go to full article
Andrew Weibrecht of Lake Placid won silver in Super-G in Sochi. He will be among the local Olympians honored by the parades. Photo: © Nancie Battaglia
Andrew Weibrecht of Lake Placid won silver in Super-G in Sochi. He will be among the local Olympians honored by the parades. Photo: Nancie Battaglia

Saranac Lake and Lake Placid planning Olympic parades

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) Parades are being planned for the Adirondack Mountain villages of Lake Placid and Saranac Lake to honor local Olympic athletes after they return home.

Kelly Morgan of the Women's Civic Chamber says she's been reaching out to the athletes and figures the Saranac Lake festivities will be at the end of March.  Go to full article
Nancie Battaglia has been covering Olympic Games, summer and winter, since 1980.  Photo:  Nancie Battaglia
Nancie Battaglia has been covering Olympic Games, summer and winter, since 1980. Photo: Nancie Battaglia

Nancie Battaglia: A photographer's Olympics

After months of anticipation, and weeks of dramatic competition, the 2014 Winter Olympic Games are officially over.

North Country athletes wrapped up their Olympic contests over the weekend in Sochi. Biathlon racer Lowell Bailey from Lake Placid raced well in the Men's Relay, though his team finished in 16th place. Yesterday, the US bobsled team, which trains often in Lake Placid, captured another bronze medal with its four-man sled. North Country athletes Andrew Weibrecht and Erin Hamlin both medaled at these Winter Games, capturing a silver and a bronze.

Brian Mann checked in for a recap of the games with Nancie Battaglia, one of our correspondents in Sochi, just as she was preparing to fly out for home in Lake Placid.  Go to full article
Teacher and author Joy Forbes in her Montreal '76 Olympic jacket. Photo: Lucy Martin
Teacher and author Joy Forbes in her Montreal '76 Olympic jacket. Photo: Lucy Martin

An Ottawa teacher and author's memories of the Montreal '76 games

Athletes star at the Olympic Games; after years of training, it's their time to shine. But it also takes a small army of volunteers and workers to make each Olympics a reality. Thousands of behind-the-scenes participants come away with memorable experiences too.
Joy Forbes grew up in Quebec City and Montreal. She was a student at Queen's University in Kingston when the sailing events of the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics were held in that lake-shore town. Forbes spoke German and Spanish, on top of French and English. So she had no trouble landing a job for those Games.

Forbes went on to a teaching career in Ottawa, with a strong interest in one room school houses. She was speaking about her book on that topic when Lucy Martin noticed Forbes was wearing a jacket inscribed with Montreal '76, and asked her about her own Olympic connection.  Go to full article

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