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Mid-winter arrives in the North Country

In the North Country, mid-winter is usually defined by the middle weeks of February, when many local schools typically begin a traditional, mid-winter break.

Although it may be difficult for many local residents to believe, we have already passed the mid-point of the season and winter is actually on the wane.

It doesn't seem possible, with snow on the ground, solid ice on the lakes and a below zero nip to the air, that winter is on the way out. Yet, on the calendar, spring arrives on March 20, only 35 days distant.

However, there remain a wealth of opportunities available for locals to get out and enjoy the winter season with a variety of classes, courses and events in the region that provide individuals the opportunity to learn or refine new outdoor skills.

I am always encouraged to learn of the numerous programs in the region that help to connect local children and their families to the pleasures and treasures of the Adirondacks.

Saranac Lake, which is now in its 113th year of hosting the longest-running, winter carnival in the nation, has a full schedule of events planned to get local folks outside. The annual frying pan toss is always a crowd favorite.

For a complete Carnival schedule and agenda visit www.saranaclakewintercarnival.com or call the Chamber at 891-1990 for further information.

The counties of Clinton and Franklin have also developed an outstanding listing of local recreational resources that are available online at http://www.scribd.com/doc/11954129/get-Moving-Guide-to-Physical Activity. The website features a variety of local events and programs that allow local residents to remain active and healthy.

Guides, Gander Mountain and

Frisbee Golf in Mid-Winter

One of my favored programs, the 4-H Adirondack Guide Program, is again being offered in Northern Warren County and sponsored by Cornell University Cooperative Extension.

An orientation meeting for the program is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. at the Cornell University Cooperative Extension Education Center, 377 Schroon River Road in Warrensburg.

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