Carl Borst rides the otter on the Adirondack Carousel next to Pam Chapell on the porcupine. Borst carved the beaver, raccoon, bald eagle and a lot of the bear. Chapell, with her sister and mother (master carver Eileen Fanning), known as the Fanning Garage Grinders, carved the porcupine and the large mouth bass.
Adirondack Carousel opens
After years of work and preparation, the Adirondack Carousel finally was ready for riders during the Memorial Day weekend.
From the story: “Twelve years ago, this carousel was a dream of one local woman who is also a carver. Her name, as many of you know, is Karen Loffler,” Adirondack Carousel Board Chair Marge Glowa said during the opening ceremonies. “And Karen’s dream has finally become a reality. This is with a vision to involve, encourage and inspire all youth to appreciate where we live, be environmentally responsible, enjoy the great outdoors of the Adirondacks, to be healthy and to have fun while doing it all...”
“I’ve had goose bumps since I saw it more than two weeks ago,” Loffler said before Glowa’s opening remarks. “It’s very cool... It’s really spectacular that the community came together. Every little detail on the carousel was volunteered from someone, and so it’s really wonderful.”
Roll on, Red Storm
The Saranac Lake athletic department had a great year in 2012, with two varsity teams going deep into the state tournament in their respective sports.
In March, the Red Storm Hockey team, led by CVAC MVP Devin Darrah, made their way through sectional play and past Section II power Queensbury and to the final four in Utica. Darrah played one of his best games of the season, netting a hat trick, but the Oswego offensive attack was too much as the Red Storm fell, 6-4.
Later, on the gridiron, the Red Storm leveled all competitors in the re-organized CVAC, posting a perfect 8-0 record and capturing the Class C title. Behind the arm and legs of league Most Valuable Player Matt Phelan, who was also a key member of the hockey team, the Red Storm defeated Ogdensburg Free Academy in the state regional round before falling to fall sports powerhouse Hoosick Falls in the regional final round,
The race for H-town
The election season saw an on-off-on race for the position of Harrietstown Supervisor between Tom Catillaz and Bob Bevilacqua, in which the latter won the position for one year, when many feel there will be a re-match at the polls.
From the story: “It was a good campaign,” Bevilacqua said. “We didn’t get sucked into any back and forth battles or anything. We just stuck to the message and I had a heck of a team behind me … and I think that’s how I came out on top...”
“I think he did a very good job and he’ll do a very good job, and I wish him the best,” Catillaz said. “We will work together.”
Catillaz said it’s too soon to know whether he’ll run for supervisor again in 2013.
“It’s a long way away,” Catillaz said. “No commitment now. I’m still reeling from this. I’m exhausted.”
Missing LP man found dead
A five-day search for a missing Lake Placid man did not have a happy ending, as the body of 34-year-old Seth Kilburn was found within 1,000 feet of his possible destination Aug. 17. Neighbors were shocked by the news.
From the story: “I’m sure he took (the path) many times in his youth and at night, if you take the path and veer slightly on either side, there are drop offs in excess of six feet,” Lake Placid Police Chief Bill Moore said. “I think he got off his path slightly, and we believe the cause of death to be accidental...”
For Travis Hudson, who lived at the home next to where Kilburn was discovered, the experience was very unreal.
“Yesterday I was up picking berrys and I didn’t see him, but I wasn’t looking,” Hudson said... “I thought it was an animal or trash cans but it really didn’t click until today. Shocking to be that close and yet have no idea.”
Front office drama at LPCS
Accusations, lawsuits and contentious public comment were the norm for the first part of 2012 during Lake Placid School Board meetings. It ended with a settlement in the lawsuit, filed by a former principal, and the non-renewal of Superintendent Randy Richards’ contract.
From the story: “I intend to leave the Lake Placid Central School District at the end of the 2012-2013 school year as the Board of Education indicated that they will not be renewing my contract,” Richards wrote...
On May 1, the school board approved a $65,000 budget transfer toward a settlement agreement with an unnamed individual after Mulderig had announced in April she would be leaving her position.
Through multiple platforms, community members rallied support in favor of Richard’s resignation since the incident with Mulderig became public.