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Meet the Adirondack Carousel critters

Grand opening set for May 26

May 12, 2012
By CHRIS KNIGHT - Senior Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

SARANAC LAKE - Two weeks from today, the long-awaited Adirondack Carousel will give its first rides to the public.

The carousel's May 26 grand opening will be the culmination of years of work, largely by volunteers, to bring the vision that Karen Loffler first presented to the village board in 2001 to reality.

The $1.3 million project, located in William Morris Park at the corner of Bloomingdale Avenue and Depot Street, is designed to fuse art, education and entertainment. It features a carousel of hand-carved and hand-painted Adirondack animals, and a handicapped-accessible chariot, housed in a 3,500-square-foot pavillion building that organizers plan to use for educational programs and rent out for birthday parties, reunions and other events.

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Moose - Official name: Beethoven
Sponsor: Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas Adams
Carver: Carl Dion of Hatfield, Pa.

A total of 18 animals can fit on the carousel at one time, four more are being stored in the building and two more are still being carved. The additional animals will be rotated onto the carousel over time to prevent wear and tear.

The carousel carvers were selected based their skills, carving sophistication and after a careful review of their previous work. Each carver picked an animal found in the Park, decorated it with Adirondack-themed items, flora and fauna, and had to include a ladybug somewhere on the animal that children can hunt for. The carvers, who hail from all across the country, were required to follow the guidelines of traditional construction, sanding and priming.

Each animal has a sponsor and its own name. The names were selected by elementary students in the Saranac Lake Central School District, students at St. Bernard's Catholic elementary school and local homeschooled children.

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Enterprise photos by Chris Knight



Official name: Ranger

Sponsor: Stewart's Shops

Carver: Carl Borst of Schnectady


Red Squirrel

Official name: Red Storm

Sponsor: '61 graduating class of Saranac Lake High School

Carver: Thomas Holzinger of Roanoke, Ind.



Official name: Spencer

Sponsor: Joan and Bill Grabe

Carver: Thomas Holzinger of Roanoke, Ind.



Official name: Moonlight

Sponsor: Students of Paul Smith's College

Carver: Bob Eck of Plantation, Fla.



Official name: Wiggly

Sponsor: Adworkshop

Carver: Al Becker, Wayne Miles, Russell Musgrave, Sonny Schiller, Keith Hargrove and James Barker, from Missouri, Illinois



Official name: John

Sponsor: Edie Crawford

Carvers: William Underwood of upstate New York



Official name: Soarin

Sponsor: Anonymous

Carver: Carl Borst of Schnectady


Black Bear

Official name: Paws

Sponsor: Andrea and Tim Collins

Carver: Carl Borst and Andy Manchester



Official name: Shelly

Sponsor: Urell Family

Carver: Pony Keepers of Missoula, Mont.


Black Fly

Official name: Bug-Eye

Sponsor: Marge and Ted Glowa

Carver: Rich Kraft of Tupper Lake


Hermit Thrush

Official name: Twitter

Sponsor: Carolyn Eisenmenger

Carver: Tracy Kochanski of Westfield, Mass.



Official name: Oliver

Sponsor: Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks

Carver: Karen Loffler of Saranac Lake



Official name: Spike

Sponsor: The Maggs, Schoff and Welch families

Carver: The Fanning Garage Grinders: Eileen Fanning, Pamela Chappell and Patricia Livingston.



Official name: Flipper

Sponsor: Louis Rubin, Rainbow Lake

Carver: Fanning Garage Grinders: Eileen Fanning, Pamela Chappell and Patricia Livingston



Official name: Lucy

Sponsor: Connie Weatherup

Carver: Clifton "Jack" Barrette of Plattsburgh



Official name: Beethoven

Sponsor: Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas Adams

Carver: Carl Dion of Hatfield, Pa.



Official name: Flames

Sponsor: Marie White

Carver: Alice Porter of Ogden, Iowa



Official name: Chuck

Sponsor: Anonymous

Carver: Carl Borst of Schnectady



Official name: Harry

Sponsor: Stuart, Charlotte Lyon

Carver: Ed Hepp of South Cambridge, N.Y.



Official name: Thunder

Sponsor: The Backer family

Carver: Lyde Buchtenkirch-Biscardi of Hyde Park



Official name: Buck

Sponsor: Northern Insuring Agency Inc., Giltz & McCullough families

Carver: Clifton "Jack" Barrette of Plattsburgh



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