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Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, 1959

February 11, 2012
By HOWARD RILEY ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

A mere 53 years ago Saranac Lake was still selecting "celebrity" royalty now thankfully, we have local celebrities who deserve to be king and queen of our Hometown - and this year the choice for those exalted positions could not have been better - Tim Fortune and Kelly Morgan.


The Enterprise events schedule

Article Photos

Jacques DeMattos, Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce President, left, greets Carnival Queen Jan Crockett, center, at the Adirondack Regional Airport with Saranac Lake Mayor Tony Anderson.
(Enterprise Photo)

---Tonight, Feb. 13

Rotary Variety Show - "Addie Rondack Goes to Town - Coronation of King and Queen - Pontiac Theater - 8:15 p.m.

[The Queen was Jan Crockett, the King was not mentioned]

---Saturday, Feb. 14

American Legion Sled Derby Finals - Mount Pisgah - 9:30 a.m.

Winter Carnival Parade - 1:30 p.m. Line-up Lake Colby Drive

Band Concert after parade Awarding of Float and Band Prizes - Harrietstown Town Hall

Dance at the Teen Canteen - King and Queen will make an appearance - Town Hall - 8 p.m.

Winter Carnival Sno-Flake Ball Hotel Saranac - 8 p.m.

---Sunday, Feb. 15

Adirondack Golden Ski Championship Meet Mount Pisgah - 1 p.m.

Storming of the Ice Palace - Prescott Park - 7 p.m. Gala display of fireworks


450 musicians to be in parade

[To mentioned a few]: Saranac Lake High School with 50 musicians; Tupper Lake High School with 51; Peru Central School with 50 and the Air Force unit with 56. The unusual Cloverleaf Band from South Amboy will be in line with 40 specially garbed string musicians, outfitted with bright red uniforms with feather decorations. The Gray Barons from Mexico, N.Y. will have 43 in their band, which is actually a Drum & Bugle Corp. The immaculate Heart Academy from Watertown will have 60 musicians, Edward Central School 49 and the Ogdensburg Free Academy 55.

The Women's Civic Chamber paid for the transportation of the Mexico and Cloverleaf Bands.

Police Chief William Wallace announced a change in the parade route - when reaching the town hall the parade will turn right onto the LaPan Highway, left on South Hope to Petrova Avenue where the floats would be parked on both sides of the street for one hour after the parade for picture taking.


Bobsled races

"In a novice race held at Mt. Van Hoevenberg Bobrun yesterday afternoon Paul King, Ralph Weir, James Warren and Ted Wood sped to a total two-heat time of 1:20.30 for first place.

"Dew Drop Morgan ran a close second to King's led with a 1:20.57. Gordie Rascoe, Francis D'Aoust and Walt Stahl rode with Morgan.

"Joe McKillip was edged out by Morgan. McKillip with Bob McGonegal, Larry McKillip and Jack Shene totaled 1:20.84 for his two heats.

"King is a member of the Adirondack Bobsled Club. Morgan and McKillip slide for the Saranac lake club. There were seven sleds in the four-man race.

"In the two-man races Charles Kempf and Bob Mousseau won with a time of 1:21.60 for two heats. They are with the AuSable Bobsled Club.

"Gilles Miron and Jim Mose were right on the tail of Kempf's sled. The two Saranac Lake bobsledders made the two heats in 1:21.88.

'Ted Wood and George Nesbitt placed third with a total time of 1:22.38.

"There were 12 sleds entered in the two-man races."


Other sports news

"Gerald "Faker" LaFountain, a Saranac Lake High School freshman and member of the Lake Placid Ski Club, set a hill record of 49 feet and he gained the best overall point score of 140.6 in the New York state and United States Eastern Amateur Ski Association Championships held at Bear Mountain yesterday afternoon.

"More than 10,000 spectators watched the Lake Placid Club walk away with six of a possible nine trophies.

"Jay Rand, Jr., won the pee wee under ten division; Bobby Peacock gave Lake Placid the top two places in the 10 to 14 division.

"The lone girl entrant, 12-year-old Sandra Vitvitsky, a sixth-grader from Lake Placid placed eighth among 27 entrants in her 10- to 14 year-old division.

Miss Bobbie Raymond, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Raymond of 6 Oneida Drive, Lake Placid, will be the featured star of the skating club in Lake Placid's ice show next Saturday, Feb. 21.

Others taking part from Saranac Lake and Lake Placid are: Nancy Sargent, Marilyn Farley, Kathy Duffek, Martha Partridge, Marcia Servis, Barbara Dow, Ruth Speck, Cathy Beaney, Patricia Cross, Janet Reiss, Yvonne Sheffield, Helen Kempa, Diana Dante, Ruth Speck, Cathy Beaney, Patricia Cross, Janet Reiss, Yvonne Sheffield, Helen Kempa, Diana Dante, Susan Bissonette and Phyllis Perkins.



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