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HAGUE Hague will host its annual Scholarship Weekend Feb. 17 and 18 regardless of weather conditions. We know no matter what happens well have the run, breakfast, dinner and auction, said Sal Santaniello, one of the organizers. And with cooperation from Mother Nature, there will be cross country skiing, outhouse races and an ice fishing tournament. Those events were cancelled last year because of lack of snow and ice. Formerly known as the winter carnival, this marks the 34th year of the event held the weekend prior to Presidents Day in Hague. There has always been one thing or another that weekend, said Santaniello. The focal point of the weekend is the towns Beste Scholarship Fund. All proceeds will go toward the scholarship fund. Highlighting the event will be the annual Beste Scholarship dinner at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Silver Bay Association. Following the dinner the annual Beste Scholarships will be awarded and the Northern Lake George Rotary Club will host an auction. Well have more than 100 people for that, Santaniello said. Its a really nice night. Also on tap that weekend are a five-mile road race, the Hague Fire Department breakfast, lawn chair and outhouse races, a polar bear swim and cross country skiing. The Fred LaPann Memorial Road Race will start and finish at the Hague beach Saturday. The course is an out-and-back race on Route 9N. Race registration is at 8:45 a.m. and the run begins at 9 a.m. Runners age 19 and younger can compete for free, while adult racers will pay a $7 registration fee. The Hague Fire Department breakfast will be held Saturday morning, 7-11, at the Hague firehouse. Serving will be a la carte and prices vary depending on selections. The lawn chair and outhouse races will be held at the Hague town beach at 11 a.m. if theres snow. A polar bear swim will be held at 3 p.m. at the town beach. There will also be an ice fishing tournament, sponsored by the Hague Fish & Game Club, Saturday. Registration will be 6-7 a.m. at the town beach with weigh-in at 4 p.m. The Hague Fish and Game Club will be open Feb. 17 and 18 as part of the annual Hague Winter Weekend. The annual auger and chisel competition will be held Sunday at 11 a.m. at Hague beach, if weather permits, at the North Pond on Route 8. People can pre-register at the Hague Market and Silver Bay General Store. Registration Feb. 18 will be 6-7 a.m. at the beach. Throughout the weekend there will be cross country skiing at the Rogers Rock campsite again, if there is snow. All weekend raffle tickets will be sold with proceeds aiding the scholarship fund. Tickets are also available at the Silver Bay General Store and the Hague Market. The drawing will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday at the breakfast. The Silver Bay YMCA of the Adirondacks will also host events Feb. 16 19. Indoor and outdoor activities for all ages are planned for each morning, afternoon, and evening. Activities will include a scavenger hunt; family games; letterboxing; broomball; pretzel making; movies; a Scrabble tournament; family Dodgeball; crafts; maple candy making; snowshoe hikes, snow sculpting, and sledding, weather permitting. A chapel service will be held at the Helen Hughes Memorial Chapel on Sunday, Feb. 18. Participants from the community are encouraged to come for a day or come for the entire weekend. Complete details at www.silverbay.org/weekends. Daily program fee is $15 a person, children age two and younger are free. Financial assistance with fees is made possible through the Open Pathways program based on family income and number of dependents. Lodging and meals are available for an additional fee. (www.silverbay.org/lodging). Contact Erin Finkle at 543-8833 ext 316 for program information. Contact Reservations at 543-8833 ext. 350 to reserve lodging and program space.

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