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A great day for sliding down a hill

CHESTERTOWN The weather was perfect, the snow was packed down and fast, and Dynamite Hill was lined with spectators for the annual Krazy Downhill Derby and Broomball Tournament last Saturday. Sponsored by the North Warren Chamber, the annual event is the most popular winter event in the Chestertown area and people come from far and wide to take part and to watch. Jen Butterfield of the Chestertown 50 Plus Club said that their Snoopy sled had been used for six or seven years, but had been modified for comfort. We added a couch, she said. Next year, maybe a heater and even steering. Ron Ippoliti of Warrensburg said his kids had asked for a fire truck sled, so with Dads help, they built it. The bright red sled with an NYFD painted on it was piloted by three kids and two adults, including Brad and Sean Robinson, Denver and Adam Berry along with the adults. The Deer Crossing Cafe entered its sled for the second year. Danielle Sheerer said they decorated it holiday style this year. We had no snow during the holidays, and we have plenty now, so I thought wed have a holiday theme, she said. Grandpa Jim Rossi took the sled down with two grandkids and a friend, Emily Sheerer, Lexis Lord and Kimmy Ferris. Moriah Greenstein, a 12-year-old fan of SpongeBob SquarePants, entered a sled made of cardboard painted like the popular sponge. He even had a sponge guard in back to help steer, 10-year-old Gabe Naliaski. The crowds always anticipate the Eric and Eric Construction sled. In the past, they have entered a Viking ship and many other colorful creations. We asked our grandkids what they wanted to ride in this year, said Kit Isachsen. They wanted the X-Wing Fighter from Star Wars. The crew at Eric and Eric used sono tubes mounted on an old ladder, mounted on skis; they added a point to the front and used some rigid insulation to carve out wings, and painted it with the name Lake Skywalker on the side. Lake and Kai Isachsen were the pilots, and made it down the hill in fine fashion, despite the best efforts of Darth Vader. They didnt even have a parachute, said Eric Isachsen. Other entries included Lightning McQueen, with Carl, Kirsten and Paige Leonard. We even put on a spoiler to keep the back down, said their dad Rick Leonard. This sled is highly engineered. Thomas the Tank Engine made another appearance, with Jim and Jen Steen and the 4-H teen ambassadors filled a clover sled and sped down the hill. Erik and Meredith Kriz of Ridgefield, Conn. were up at their Chestertown home for the weekend and built a sled called Dynamite Hill, using sono tubes painted to look like TNT for their first time entry.

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