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Many turn out for Chilly Willy

LAKE GEORGE -- There was something for everyone at the fourth annual Chilly Willy Day last Sunday at Battlefield Park. The preschoolers tossed bean bags into a plywood penguin and grinned in triumph when they won prizes like free sundaes or bowling. Elementary school children headed to the hill bordering Fort George Rd. as soon as they arrived and stayed there, sledding and sliding, until their parents made them leave. The pre-teens and teens, an age group that is notoriously hard to entice to family events, battled in dodge ball tournaments with genuine enthusiasm. And the adults wandered through it all, bringing hot-dogs, hot chocolate and home-made cookies from the food booth to hungry athletes and exhausted children. In the background, the music played loud enough for the teenagers to enjoy, but quiet enough that parents could chat with each other as they watched the events. Chilly Willy Day is the brain-child of Lake George Communities Coming Together (LGCCT), a group of community members whose goal is to provide family friendly substance free activities. The LGCCT spent months making sure this event would offer something enticing for every member of the family, and organizers were pleased with the larger than usual turnout. In addition to Saturdays events, Chilly Willy organizers have arranged for discounts to over 40 local businesses to continue through the month of February. Discounts are available to anyone with a Chilly Willy button, which can still be purchased at town and village offices as well as the elementary and high school for $1. The LGCCT is also responsible for the Village Window Painting every November and several other community activities. The group usually meets from 7-8 p.m. the last Monday of every month at the town hall, and encourages community members to attend a meeting for more information on activities.

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