Big news in Lake Placid —well, sort of

The Lake Placid News on July 29, 1971 was 16 inches wide, now 11

Newspaper all over the country began to shrink years ago as the price of newsprint went up, so the Lake Placid News lost 5 inches.

It reminds me that maybe the space question is what inspired former Publishers Jim Loeb and Roger Tubby when they paraphrased the following from the New York Times. The Times still carries the following in a little box next to the Page One logo — “All the News That’s Fit to Print” — so Jim and Roger placed the following little box on page One of the Enterprise — “All the News That Fits, We Print.”

Time is an elusive piece of life as it quickly marches on. So when I read this lead paragraph about the Lake Placid Horse Show, time just stopped.

“With some spectators and participants at the Second Annual [only the second!] Lake Placid Horse Show suggesting a six-day-long event for next year, and raving about the grounds and setting, show chairman Don Moreau found it easy to call the show and exhibition ‘a success.’

“The two-day long event sponsored by the East Kilns Pony Club of AuSable Forks featured some 132 entries which attracted more than 1200 spectators, despite the threatened rain on Saturday.”

It seems that it has “rained” during every horse show since it began 52 years ago, as the event has grown into a big draw for Lake Placid with great prize money.

It was all started by Ruth Newberry [in other press releases referred to as C.T. Newberry] when she invited this editor and Enterprise reporter Jerome Ripley “Rip” Allen to her place in AuSable Forks to announce her plans for the horse show.

We arrived at more than a Pony Club layout with a huge riding arena dominating the farm. Laura’s daughter Jessica was hoping to make the 1980 Olympic team as a dressage rider, so that was the obvious motivatation for the arena and the idea of the horse show. I don’t know if Ms. Newberry gets much credit today as the founder of the horse show.

We did an extensive story on Ms. Newberry’s plans and that was the beginning of the now worldwide-famous Horse Show. I became friends with Ms. Newberry when she moved the horse show headquarters to the Lake Placid Club.

Ms. Newberry was more than a little bit blown away when Rip Allen quietly mentioned that he had belonged to a Pony Club in the posh pastures of Westchester.

Palace Theatre Organ Alive After Decades

“‘A Labor of Love’ is what Kim Daby and Ray Durkee called their resurrection of the old Palace Theatre pipe organ. And a labor of love is what it would have to be to cause a handful of people the uncountable number of hours they have spent refurbishing pipes and cleaning and connecting thousands of wires.

“Ray Durkee, Loren Torrance, Sis Good, Gary Grey and Palace Theatre manager Kim Daby began work on the organ about a year and a half ago when Durkee was led to the old treasure. According to Durkee, Herb Fountain, a former student at the Lake Placid High School discovered its existence and ‘kept begging me to come take a look at the organ.’

“The organ was built in 1924-25 by the Robert Morton Theatre Organ Company of Van Nuys, California which is no longer in existence. It was installed in the theatre over a period of five months between February and June 1926. It cost the owners [at that time, a corporation of 10 local people] $30,000, it was used only one year before silent pictures went out, it was then simply boarded over and out of sight.”

News in brief

“The North Elba Town Board was to hold a special meeting this week to discuss a planned development district for property next to Whiteface Inn.

“Supervisor William J. Hurley, in a response to a request Thursday from the town planning board said the town board would listen to the plans of Resort Living Inc., a Connecticut-based firm for condominium development at Whiteface Inn.”


“The village is hard-pressed for cash. Broke, someone said. But that is not news to anyone who has sat through several months of village board meetings in Lake Placid and heard snatches here and there of matters of ‘bonds’ and ‘revenue anticipation notes’ and bills for water pipe.

“The problem is, of course, the large expenditures for two huge projects, the water improvement program which is several years old and the construction of the new water pollution control plant. Emerson Beaney, village clerk said it is for secondary sewage treatment but is deserves that fancy name because it costs so much.

‘The village will have, when all is constructed, a bonded indebtedness of over $2,676,000 for the two projects. More because a few other items will be included.”


“The unauthorized construction of a ski hill on Holiday Inn property within the Town of North Elba will be referred to the town board for some action on a ‘planned development’ site.

“A meeting last week between Holiday Inn owner Serge Lussi and the town zoning board of appeals resulted in the decision to seek some definite action from the town board. The zoning board had asked Lussi to appear on a question of a violation of the town zoning ordinance. They cited existence of the ski hill at an earlier meeting and noted that no permission had been granted.

“‘It’s been there for two years, Lussi said. It’s been used by the high school varsity ski team in practice but until the town board does something, I can’t do anything.'”

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