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Potsdam composer Robert Washburn. Photo: SUNY Potsdam
Potsdam composer Robert Washburn. Photo: SUNY Potsdam

Remembering composer Bob Washburn and music for the Lake Placid Olympics

You probably don't hear his music everyday, but Bob Washburn was a cherished resident of the North Country, and a household name among many musicians, band directors teachers and composers.

Washburn, who died last week at 85 in Ogdensburg, received numerous awards, and his music was performed around the world including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and at the White House for the President and Mrs. Kennedy.

Washburn was a former Dean and a Professor Emeritus at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. In 1980, he was commissioned to write music for the Lake Placid Winter Olympics.

As a remembrance, we share some of Bob Washburn's memories of being a student at Crane in the 1940s and writing music for the Olympics. He told Todd Moe that Olympics officials decided to tap a team of local composers at SUNY Potsdam to write new music for the games.  Go to full article
Justin Olsen, second from left, with his 2010 "Nighttrain" teammates in Vancouver.  Photo: US ARMY, Tim Hipps
Justin Olsen, second from left, with his 2010 "Nighttrain" teammates in Vancouver. Photo: US ARMY, Tim Hipps

Bobsledder Justin Olsen fights to recapture Olympic gold

In the build-up to the Winter Olympics in Russia, North Country Public Radio will be profiling some of the athletes who live and train in northern New York.

For many hopeful Olympians, the final hundred days before the opening ceremony is a nervous time. They're struggling to bring their bodies to peak performance, while also fighting to win a place on the US team.

This morning, Brian Mann talks with Justin Olsen, an Army soldier and gold medal bobsled racer who spends much of each year in Lake Placid.  Go to full article
Former Plattsburgh Assemblyman Chris Ortloff
Former Plattsburgh Assemblyman Chris Ortloff

ORDA removes plaque honoring disgraced official Ortloff

Chris Ortloff's plaque has been removed from the Lake Placid Hall of Fame.

Ortloff is a former state Assemblyman, reporter and state Parole Board member who was convicted of federal coercion and enticement charges in 2010 after he was arrested in a sting operation. Ortloff had arranged to meet who he thought were two underage girls at an Albany area hotel for a sexual tryst.

Ortloff was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998 for his contribution to the 1980 Olympic Games, which were held in Lake Placid. Up until last week, a plaque and a tribute on ORDA's website could still be viewed by the public.  Go to full article
Matt Murray, (center, red T-shirt) brought more than 60 veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and their family members to Lake Placid for a tour of the area's Olympic venues. Photo: Chris Morris, courtesy Adirondack Daily EnterpriseEnterprise
Matt Murray, (center, red T-shirt) brought more than 60 veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and their family members to Lake Placid for a tour of the area's Olympic venues. Photo: Chris Morris, courtesy Adirondack Daily EnterpriseEnterprise

Boy Scout leads Lake Placid Olympic tour

A 16-year-old from the Troy area helped bring a group of more than 60 people, including Armed Services veterans and their families, to Lake Placid last week to tour Olympic sites and dine at the local American Legion hall.

Matt Murray, of Brunswick, is a junior at Tamarac High School and a member of Boy Scouts of America Troop 537. The Lake Placid trip was part of his Eagle Scout project, which he hopes to complete soon. Chris Morris caught up with the group and has our story.  Go to full article
International bobsled teams practise in Lake Placid ahead of this weekend's World Championships (Photo:  Brian Mann)
International bobsled teams practise in Lake Placid ahead of this weekend's World Championships (Photo: Brian Mann)

At World Championships, US bobsled team races to prove it can recapture Olympic momentum

The best bobsled and skeleton racers are competing in Lake Placid this week in the 2012 World Championships. The competition will be a big test for the American bobsled team, which has struggled this year on the World Cup tour.

The US team is hoping to prove that its Olympic gold medal at the last Winter Olympis was no fluke and the program can sustain the funding and technical support needed to match the Europeans.

Brian Mann was at the track this week and has this preview.  Go to full article
Photo: NYSDEC
Photo: NYSDEC

ORDA may take over Catskill ski center

The state Olympic Regional Development Authority may add a third downhill ski center to its venues before the winter season.

ORDA officials are reportedly in talks to take over operation of Belleayre Mountain Ski Center in the Catskills.

Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article
Regional athletes, including Andrew Weibrecht and Haley Johnson pitched in to help support the games (Photo: Lake Placid CVB/Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism)
Regional athletes, including Andrew Weibrecht and Haley Johnson pitched in to help support the games (Photo: Lake Placid CVB/Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism)

In age of budget woes, Empire State Winter Games go grassroots

The Olympic region of the Adirondacks will play host to the Empire State Winter Games this weekend. This year, the event has a very different feel, largely because it's not being sponsored, organized, or funded by the state of New York.

In November of last year, state officials announced that the agency will no longer holding the summer and winter games due to New York's ongoing budget crisis. Less than 24 hours after that decision went public, local officials from across the North Country joined forces to save the games.

Chris Morris has been chronicling the story since November. He reports that for a lot of people in the Adirondacks the decision to keep the games alive was deeply personal.  Go to full article

Empire Games loss will hurt Lake Placid

The Paterson Administration has cut funding for the 2011 Empire State Games, citing the state's ongoing fiscal crisis. The popular annual competitions are run by the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

The news came in a letter from Lisa Del Signore, the administrator of the games, to athletes informing them that the winter, summer, and senior games, as well as the games for the physically challenged, have all been canceled.

The Poughkeepsie Journal, which broke the story, reports Del Signore's letter also said, "Perhaps in the future the economic climate will improve and the games will experience a rebirth."

The winter games were scheduled to take place in Lake Placid in late February. As Chris Morris reports, athletes and tourism officials will miss them:  Go to full article

Lake Placid hopes to host Winter Youth Olympics

The prospect of Lake Placid hosting the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics appears to be fading, as the deadline to submit a bid is two months away, and local and U.S. Olympic Committee officials apparently don't have any plans to vie for the games. While 2016 may not be possible, however, local officials remain interested in hosting a Winter Youth Olympics and instead may try for 2020. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

ORDA secures state funding, for now

The state Olympic Regional Development Authority has secured its annual appropriation from the state, but its budget difficulties may be just beginning. In budget bills approved this week, the state Legislature set aside $5.6 million for ORDA, which operates Whiteface Mountain and Gore Mountain ski centers and the 1980 Winter Olympic venues in Lake Placid. That's about $1 million less than the authority received last year, and about $3 million less than what was allocated for ORDA two years ago. At a board meeting in Lake Placid this week, some ORDA officials said that if they're forced to absorb additional cuts, the authority's venues and the communities that ORDA supports could be impacted. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

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