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Saranac Lake Winter Carnival seeks queen, king

SARANAC LAKE - It is time to select the king and queen for the 2011 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. Nominations are being sought from the community.

Nominations must include the candidate's name, volunteer services history and must be signed. Those wishing to nominate individuals are requested to submit each nomination separately.

Nominations must be received by Wednesday, Jan. 20. The selection meeting is scheduled for Jan. 21.

Please send all nominations to The Winter Carnival, Box E-1062 c/o Adirondack Daily Enterprise, P.O. Box 318, Saranac Lake, NY 12983, or drop them off at the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Office, 193 River St., Saranac Lake.

Once the nominations have been collected, all past kings and queens are invited to an assembly which will select from among the nominations. This is no small task since the assembly might review as many as 20 nominations for each position.

The nominating materials are presented to the assembly exactly as they are received from the community. There is no pre-screening or editing that could influence the outcome. The assembled kings and queens are given a period of time to review the materials and then are called upon to vote. Final selection is by secret ballot.

The selection is based upon volunteerism within the community. The assembly is looking for a long-term and broad-based commitment to making life more livable, more pleasant, and more enjoyable - both for the folks who live here and for those who visit. The volunteer activities can be organized or completely self-motivated.

They can be as diverse as organizing a major community event or as seemingly minor as shoveling a neighbor's sidewalk. A winner may end up being someone who is highly visible within the community or someone fairly anonymous, who is very devoted to caring for others but stays out of the spotlight.

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