Clyde Rabideau, Kareen Tyler, Jim McKenna, Jim Goff, Jack Favro, Randy Douglas, Jeff Byrne and Ron Keough talk about the upcoming Empire State Winter Games at their Jan. 5 press conference.
The Empire State Winter Games are now tagged as an Adirondack event.
Organizers for the 32nd annual state-wide sporting event came together Thursday, Jan. 5 to talk about the new venues that will be a part of the games, which run from Feb. 1 through Feb. 5.
Along with venues in Lake Placid and Wilmington that have been staples in the games, events will now be held in Saranac Lake, including venues in the towns of Harrietstown and St. Armand.
“What has happened over the last two years has been a significant change over the way that things were done before,” Jim McKenna, head of the ESG Organizing Committee, said. “We have continued to build on our coalition of towns and communities to the point where this has become a true Adirondack event.”
Along with the towns that will host events, the committee also has backing from towns such as Keene and Jay.
“It is a pleasure to be a part of this group,” Jay Supervisor and Essex County Board of Supervisors Chairman Randall “Randy” Douglas said. “It is such a magic feeling to say that we are working together to do something for the youth not only of our communities, but the entire state of New York.”
Saranac Lake Village Mayor Clyde Rabideau said he felt the new partnerships have brought a greater sense of togetherness to the Adirondack community.
“This winter game effort has erased the boundaries between towns as we have all come together to make great things happen,” Rabideau said. “This is a tremendously professional team that is getting this all together.”
Rabideau also said that he welcomed the fact that the ESG would be held on the opening weekend of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival.
“As far as I am concerned, the more the merrier,” Rabideau said. “Saranac Lake will welcome everyone.”
Ron Keough, Harrietstown councilman who represented the town and Dewey Mountain at the conference, said that he felt the combined efforts of the towns was similar with the work done in the leadup to the 1980 Olympic Games.
“I am delighted to see this kind of sharing going on,” Keough said. “The shared effort to make this happen is a great thing in my mind.”
Kareen Tyler, Saranac Lake village clerk who was charged with initiating the ESG Torch Run last year, said it would return.
“It will start in Elizabethtown and go through all of the towns that are involved in these games,” Tyler said. We have seen a lot of people with a lot of enthusiasm, and we already have a group that said they will make the run from Elizabethtown to Keene.”
Information on the 2012 Empire State Winter Games can be found at the website, www.empirestatewintergames.com.