LAKE PLACIDCornelia (Connie) R. Bonsignore has been chosen by the Parade Committee as Grand Marshall of the Lake Placid 4th of July Celebration.
A retired physical education teacher, Connie has always had a love for winter sports and has helped shape the Olympic legacy of Lake Placid. When she was 13 years old, Connie was selected to try out for the womens Olympic speed-skating team. Her love of winter sports continued throughout her life and she was inducted into the Lake Placid Hall of Fame in 1993.
Two of her most notable achievements were officiating the luge events at the 1980 and 1988 Olympic Winter Games, and co-founding the National Luge Association. She has also served the community of Lake Placid as chairman of the Planning Board, chairman of the Lake Placid\North Elba Zoning Board of Appeals and as a volunteer coordinator of winter sporting events.
After several community members recommended Connie, the committee thought she was the perfect choice for Grand Marshall based on her years of service and commitment to Lake Placid and winter sports, said Parade Committee member Kathy Pfohl. Connie, who turns 90 on July 7, said she has never thought about moving somewhere else.
Ive lived here for 87 years, she said. Lake Placid is my playground. The 4th of July Parade begins at 5 p.m. on Cummins Road with an awards ceremony immediately following in Mids Park. The traditional fireworks display will commence at 9:45 over Mirror Lake. Music accompanying the fireworks will be broadcast from WSLP 93.3.