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Winter Carnival

Legends in History: Lydia Martin Smith

(This year’s Winter Carnival theme “Myths and Legends” brings to mind many legendary men and women in local history, from wilderness guides to sports legends to heroes in healthcare. Historic Saranac Lake is providing a series of articles celebrating some of the mythical and marvelous ...

Lawn Chair Ladies celebrate 25 years

SARANAC LAKE — Debby Harrison was decked out in everything Lawn Chair Ladies, commemorating Winter Carnivals from years past. She wore a varsity jacket similar to the Pink Ladies from “Grease.” Her shirt said “Adirondack Women ... Forever Wild” and showed the silhouette of a ...

Legends of History: Saranac Lake nurses

(This year’s Winter Carnival theme “Myths and Legends” brings to mind many legendary men and women in local history, from wilderness guides to sports legends to heroes in healthcare. Historic Saranac Lake is providing a series of articles celebrating some of the mythical and marvelous ...

Rotary Club show is full of surprises

SARANAC LAKE — The annual Winter Carnival has lots of traditions — the Ice Palace, the Gala Parade, a week’s worth of music at the Waterhole, and the Rotary Club Show. “It’s an evening of good family fun,” said local Rotary Club President Hannah Hanford. “It’s part of the ...

Loon Center to host Carnival open house

SARANAC LAKE — The Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation is pleased to invite the public to its “Winter Carnival Open House” at the center at 15 Broadway. This event is free to all and will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, the same day as the Gala Parade. Everyone ...

Try a Carnival event that’s new to you

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival has so many events that even most locals haven’t experienced them all. Just look at the schedule. Many of the things you see there might seem like niches meant for only a handful of people. And some are just mysterious. “Have you ever played ...

Legends of History: Herb Clark

(This year’s Winter Carnival theme “Myths and Legends” brings to mind many legendary men and women in local history, from wilderness guides, to sports legends, to heroes in healthcare. Historic Saranac Lake is providing a series of articles celebrating some of the mythical and ...

Fun Run attracts record crowd

SARANAC LAKE — The NBT Bank Ice Palace Fun Run drew a record crowd of 72 participants Saturday to take on a hilly course through the neighborhoods of Saranac Lake. Jared Whalen was the first runner to cross the finish line in front of the Winter Carnival Ice Palace, completing the ...

Legend in History: Dr. E.L. Trudeau

(This year’s Winter Carnival theme, “Myths and Legends,” brings to mind many legendary men and women in local history, from wilderness guides to sports legends to heroes in health care. Historic Saranac Lake is providing a series of articles celebrating some of the mythical and ...

Awards given to top Arctic Golf holes

SARANAC LAKE — The Arctic Golf Build-an-Obstacle Contest was held on Feb. 1 and challenged contestants to build miniature golf obstacles out of snow for the Arctic Golf event held the following day. The three most creative obstacles, out of seven in total, were chosen by members of the ...

Winter Carnival parade to start a wave

SARANAC LAKE — This year’s Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Gala Parade will start off a little differently than previous years with an experiment of sorts. The Winter Carnival Committee is planning a wave, similar to the ones at sporting events that go across a row of bleachers or, in ...

White Stag Ski Race results

White Stag Ski Races Sunday at Mount Pisgah, Saranac Lake 0-5 Female Name Run 1 Run 2 Comb. Harper Gnann 55.11 50.40 1:45.51 Hazel Gnann 1:33.73 1:24.02 2:57.75 Hollis Hays DSQ DSQ Male Elias Gosling 1:06.23 1:19.88 2:26.11 Theo Negaard DNS DNS 6-7 Female Mia ...

2020 Winter Carnival is off to a hot start

SARANAC LAKE ­— Winter Carnival is here, and many will agree it’s off to a great start. This past weekend, Saranac Lake saw fun runs, curling exhibitions, Arctic golf, snow Frisbee, skating on Lake Colby and of course, fireworks. --- The King and Queen --- On Saturday morning, ...

Ladies’ frypan toss event showcases athleticism

SARANAC LAKE — Saturday showcased nearly three hours of girls and women tossing fry pans in Riverside Park. Some gripped the handle, some held the pan itself and most tried to throw the cast iron so that it would slide, giving it just that little extra distance. The winners by age ...

King Joe, Queen Nancy

SARANAC LAKE — Joseph Szwed had a huge, open-mouth smile when his name was called Friday night. He had a huge, open-mouth smile as he walked onto the stage at the Harrietstown Town Hall. He had a huge, open-mouth smile when he was fitted with a kingly robe and matching ...

Nancy Howard Heath is queen

The 2020 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival queen was born in Saranac Lake, and graduated from Saranac Lake Central School. She served in the United States Air Force as a jet engine mechanic, obtaining the rank of sergeant. She attended North Country Community College and graduated with a degree ...

Joseph Szwed is king

The 2020 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival King was born in Sloan, New York. He’s the son of Anna and Michael, and has lived in Saranac Lake for more than 40 years. He served in the U.S. Navy. He attended Bowman Gray School of Medicine, graduating as a physician’s assistant. Among other ...

All hail Joe and Nancy

Nancy Howard Heath and Joe Szwed are excellent choices for the king and queen of this year’s Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. They continue the great tradition of this community crowning its unsung heroes — and in so doing, encouraging others to do the same kind of quiet service of ...