Prepping the ice for cornhole

Husband and wife team Rob and Karen Russell brave blustery winds to plow snow off a section of the frozen Lake Flower behind the Saranac Waterfront Lodge on Tuesday. Karen is the co-chair of the Women’s Civic Chamber of Saranac Lake, and the chamber is planning to host its second-annual Winter Carnival cornhole tournament — also known as the “cornament” — on the ice behind the hotel at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4. Karen said plowing snow off of the ice will help the ice to thicken up ahead of carnival. Rob, the co-chair of the Winter Carnival Committee, drilled a hole into the ice behind the hotel on Monday and found that it was between 7 and 8 inches thick. The ice in the Pontiac Bay, where volunteers will extract ice blocks to build the Winter Carnival Ice Palace, could be a little thicker than that, Karen said — but the ice will need to be around 10 inches thick before building can begin. (Enterprise photo — Lauren Yates)


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