The 2011 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival officially got under way Friday night with the coronation of carnival royalty at the Harrietstown Town Hall.
This year's king is Ed Scharmer. Cheri Fisher is queen.
Fisher was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. She moved to the Adirondacks in 1979 with her husband and son. In 1980, she served as a volunteer for the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid.
She became a member of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee in 1982 and has marched in the parade ever since - either with the local Cub Scouts or with the Adirondack Lawn Chair Ladies.
She has been involved in several community organizations including: Winter Carnival Committee for 18 years, the Methodist Church Christian Education Committee, the Community Theatre Players, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts for 25 years, the Saranac Lake High School After Prom Party Committee, the First Night Saranac Lake Board of Directors, the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, and the Veteran of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.
Several honors and awards have been bestowed upon her during these years, including the Saranac Lake Adirondack Daily Enterprise Volunteer of the Year Award.
She has been employed by the Prime Time Nursery School, the Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce, Currier Press Printing, Casa del Sol, and the Saranac Lake School District.
Her favorite activities and hobbies are camping with her family, snowshoeing, yoga, zumba, reading, cross stitching, photography, and having wine parties with her friends.
She currently lives in Bloomingdale with her husband Joe and her two "fur kids" Bear and Abby. Her children, Eric, Brent, Ian, Lee, Melissa, Tim and his wife Rachel, and their son Jake return to the Saranac Lake area as often as possible.
She says she appreciates her community and all of the support she gets when her husband is away for long periods of time for military duties. She would like to thank everyone who nominated her and thought she was worthy of being the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Queen.
Ed Scharmer was born in Brooklyn, NY and lived in Rosendale, NY, a small Catskills community, throughout his childhood. He graduated from Kingston High School in 1951. He enlisted in the US Navy in 1952 until 1956, serving aboard destroyers. He later graduated from Michigan State University, with a BS in electrical engineering. He was employed by IBM from 1956 until his retirement in 1989.
He is married to Barbara George (a Saranac Lake native). They have a son, Eric, who lives in Wellesley, MA with his family and a daughter, Lory, who lives with her family in Allentown, PA. They have five grandchildren.
In retirement they moved to Saranac Lake and designed and built their house, a three-year project. Ed has worked on a variety of boards and assisted many non-profit groups on various projects over the years.
He served on the board of Historic Saranac Lake and has continued to assist with the many needs of its restoration of the Saranac Laboratory. He also devoted many hours to building cure chairs to be used as fundraisers.
Ed was the recipient of the Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year award in 2004. Ed helps deliver food to the local food pantry twice a month, one of the many unheralded volunteer activities that takes place in Saranac Lake.
Ed continues to work on the ice palace, which he joined in 1993, and was the build committee chairman for 12 years. He is still depended upon for design, layout and block count, maintaining tools, drying gloves, ordering equipment, and is present at the site nearly every day.