To the Times of Ti:
Despite a distinct lack of cooperation from Mother Nature, the third annual WinterFest was held on Saturday, Feb. 11. Many thanks to all of the volunteers and the WinterFest participants who braved 16 degree temperatures and a chilly north wind. Everyone who attended was most appreciative that the Elks very generously made their hall open so that folks could get inside to warm up and have some refreshments.
The day began with a one-mile fun run sponsored by the Lachute Road Runners. There were 20 hearty participants and Joel Cook was the first to cross the finish line. The complete results were as follows: Joel Cook 8:12, Tim Malaney 8:18, Fred Herbst 8:18, Terrence Benedict 8:29, Tom Pike 8:39, Jarod Pike 8:41, Patrick Kiernan 9:37, Monty Benedict 9:37, Martha Strum 9:40, Carl Rice 9:46, Yarr Tyler 12:08, Pullen Tyler 12:09, Zyleen Tyler 12:30, Kirstin Strum 12:30, Cheyane Rice 12:47, Jack Perkins 15:42, Hayden Stacey 15:44, Kaylene Rice 19:50, Ali Numan 19:50.
The day continued with ice skating and broomball at the ice rink and hay wagon rides which were organized by the Ticonderoga Youth Commission and provided by Joe and Lynn Sawyer. The 40 plus degree temperatures during the week leading up to WinterFest made re-freezing the ice at the rink a real challenge. Thanks to the heroic efforts of Charlie Bolstridge, we did have a portion of the ice rink that was available for skating and broomball.
Because of the generosity of the many supporters of this year’s event, we were also able to have a free raffle for the prizes which they donated. The lucky winners were as follows: Jackie Witherbee - $100 Gift Card from Tractor Supply; PJ Bolstridge – Best Western Plus Getaway Weekend; Yarr Tyler - $25 Gift Card from Wal Mart; Matt Montbriand - $100 Gift Card from Tractor Supply; Jerry Cooper – girl’s bicycle from Police Benevolent Association; Maura Jebb – Wagon Wheel Gift Card & Gift Bottle; Charlie Bolstridge - $100 Gift Card from Tractor Supply; Ann Morrette - boy’s bicycle from Police Benevolent Association; Dave Iuliano – a Kindle from the Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union; Hanna Porter – Girl’s bicycle from Police Benevolent Association; and Ollie Porter – Tee Ball bats & balls from Police Benevolent Assoc. The Ticonderoga Teachers Association and Country Florist also provided generous support for this year’s WinterFest.
The sponsors for the 2012 Winter Fest were the Town of Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership, Ticonderoga Central Schools, Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, Ticonderoga Elks, Ticonderoga Kiwanis, Ticonderoga Youth Commission and North Country Community College. Even though the list of activities for this year’s event had to be scaled back as a result of the lack of snow, WinterFest was still a success in that we were able to collect over 50 pounds of non-perishable foods and almost $50 in cash for the Ticonderoga Food Pantry. Many, many thanks to everyone who contributed to this very worthy cause!
John Bartlett, Ticonderoga