SPORTS SHORTS – 07/11/12

North Country Community College’s Pool will be closed for about an hour and a half today starting at 2:15 – Athletics Facility Manager Jared Dumont says there’s an issue that needs to be taken care of then and apologizes for any inconvenience..


Wednesday’s the summer mark an opportunity for the Olympic Jumping Complex to open their doors and provide visitors with an opportunity to see first hand what happens every day at a nationally recognized training facility like the one at the ski jumps. The event’s are dubbed Wet and Wild Wednesdays and feature freestyle and aerial athletes launching up to 60-feet into the air and splashing down in the 750,000-gallon pool.  The event features Athletes of all levels – from the beginner to World and Olympic champions who are currently training at the site designed specifically for summer aerial training.  The Olympic Jumping complex provides one of only two locations in theUnited Statesfor this type of training.

Tickets for the event are available at the venu, at the Olympic Center or  The ORDA Store on Main Streethere in Lake Placidsells tickets to the event. Admission is included when purchasing an Olympic Sites Passport which gives visitors access to all of the Olympic venues. The Presentations at the Olympic Jumping Complex continue most Wednesdays through August 22nd.


The Tupper Lake Woodsmans Days kick off this Friday evening with a welcome Bar B Que and Music by Bitter Sweet in the Outfiled Pavilion…  The second weekend in July typically marks this festive event which includes the Annual Woodsmen’s Day Parade which kicks off at 10am on Saturday and runs fromPark Streetto theMunicipalPark…  The Mens and Women’s competition begins in the Grandstand Area at 11am with a noontime Official Grand Opening Ceremony…  Tupper Lake’s Woodsmen’s Days continues through the day on Saturday – at 12:30 following the opening ceremony, a 60 minute quick carve chainsaw carving contest gets underway with an auction to follow at the outfield pavilion. – the Loading Operator Contest begins at 1pm in the Heavy Equipment Area with logging and Equipment Demos throughout the park all day..  7:30 on Saturday marks the beginning of the Night Games, including the Tug of War, the greased Pole climb and others in the Grandstand area..

 Sunday’s schedule includes the 11amAdirondack’s Largest Horse Pull Competition in the Grandstand followed by the Chainsaw carving contest – another quick carve followed by another auction at 12:30…  and the Heavy Equipment Competition in the Heavy Equipment area..  Woodsmen’s Days inTupperLakethis Saturday and Sunday.. and the Welcome Bar B Que at the Pavilion on Friday.. a full weekend of outdoor activities and competition inTupperLake..


Remember the phrase “If you build it, they will come?” It sounds almost like Dejavu. Because yesterday we heard from Matt Macnamara who attended the Saranac Lake Village Board Meeting to ask for their vote of confidence in support of Essex County’s Grant Application to the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation with North Elba as the primary applicant. As part of the 50 thousand dollar application, The Village of Saranac Lake’s old Landfill, near the sand pit, and The North Elba Landfill which resides adjacent to the current North Elba Transfer Station would see new athletic fields built over the top of the now closed trash piles… 

 MacNamara, who is the lead grant writer on this project forEssexcounty has been making the rounds asking for support from the local municipalities and he tells the North Elba Board this type of project is not new…

 EssexCounty’s Office of Community Resources is working with the Town of North Elbato develop the application which will be filed on the 16th of this month.. It will be reviewed by Funding Agencies including the Department of State and the Office of Parks and Recreation Along with the Economic Development Council..  North Elba Supervisor Robi Politi says there’s a benefit to coordinating this type of application.. 

If the grant is approved in the fall, one thing is for sure, next year, rugby and lacrosse will be playing on fields with one of the most pristine views in theNorth Country–

 SaranacLakeandNorth Elbacan debate which view that might be…  Either way, Macnamara tells WNBZ the project could be approved in time for the fields to be ready for action next summer.

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