Carl Borst rides the otter on the Adirondack Carousel next to Pam Chapell on the porcupine during the inaugural run Saturday, May 26. Borst carved the beaver, raccoon, bald eagle and a lot of the bear. Chapell, with her sister and mother (master carver Eileen Fanning), known as the Fanning Garage Grinders, carved the porcupine and the large mouth bass.
Photo by Andy Flynn.
Adirondack Carousel opens
After years of work and preparation, the Adirondack Carousel finally was ready for riders during the Memorial Day weekend.
From the story: “Twelve years ago, this carousel was a dream of one local woman who is also a carver. Her name, as many of you know, is Karen Loffler,” Adirondack Carousel Board Chair Marge Glowa said during the opening ceremonies. “And Karen’s dream has finally become a reality. This is with a vision to involve, encourage and inspire all youth to appreciate where we live, be environmentally responsible, enjoy the great outdoors of the Adirondacks, to be healthy and to have fun while doing it all...”
“I’ve had goose bumps since I saw it more than two weeks ago,” Loffler said before Glowa’s opening remarks. “It’s very cool... It’s really spectacular that the community came together. Every little detail on the carousel was volunteered from someone, and so it’s really wonderful.”
Roll on, Red Storm
The Saranac Lake athletic department had a great year in 2012, with two varsity teams going deep into the state tournament in their respective sports.
In March, the Red Storm Hockey team, led by CVAC MVP Devin Darrah, made their way through sectional play and past Section II power Queensbury and to the final four in Utica. Darrah played one of his best games of the season, netting a hat trick, but the Oswego offensive attack was too much as the Red Storm fell, 6-4.
Later, on the gridiron, the Red Storm leveled all competitors in the re-organized CVAC, posting a perfect 8-0 record and capturing the Class C title. Behind the arm and legs of league Most Valuable Player Matt Phelan, who was also a key member of the hockey team, the Red Storm defeated Ogdensburg Free Academy in the state regional round before falling to fall sports powerhouse Hoosick Falls in the regional final round,