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‘Festival for the Lake’ attracts crowds, sparks interest in L.G.’s health

At ceremonies concluding Lake George Village’s Festival of the Lake this past weekend, long-time village employee and community volunteer Virginia Henry accepts a bouquet of roses from her great-grandson Lincoln Cameron, 9, while Lake George Mayor Robert Blais announces that she is the village’s first “Queen of the Lake.” Participating in the presentation are Gayle Nelson, Henry’s granddaughter, (left rear) and great-granddaughter Kendra Cameron (right rear).

At ceremonies concluding Lake George Village’s Festival of the Lake this past weekend, long-time village employee and community volunteer Virginia Henry accepts a bouquet of roses from her great-grandson Lincoln Cameron, 9, while Lake George Mayor Robert Blais announces that she is the village’s first “Queen of the Lake.” Participating in the presentation are Gayle Nelson, Henry’s granddaughter, (left rear) and great-granddaughter Kendra Cameron (right rear). Photo by Thom Randall.

— Some people were moved to pay more than the $10 entry fee. Denny Galloway of Lake George — a former realtor and electrician known for his community activism and philanthropy, donated $1,000 toward the cause this weekend.

Events on Saturday included a first-ever Pedi-Cab race which was won by Iggy Rovetto, owner of Pizza Jerks, a popular pizza restaurant and gathering place in the village. The day also featured a bicycle tour sponsored by the Warren County Safe & Quality Bicycling Organization.

Sunday afternoon in Shepard Park, Village Mayor Robert Blais smiled while watching a dozen or so people spontaneously dance to the rock anthems “Run Around Sue” and “Twistin’ the Night Away.”

“This has been a big success,” he said of the new festival, citing weather as a key factor. “It’s been such a beautiful weekend, and without this festival, there wouldn’t have been much to do otherwise.”

Blais had been on duty through much of the weekend, selling tickets at the entry table, as well as circulating in the crowd — which was largest on Saturday. He said he met many people who were concerned about the lake’s protection, and dozens were interested in how they could help out. Others were interested in comparing the issues Lake George is facing, versus other lakes in the northeast.

“We shared a lot of information,” he said, noting that the festival would probably raise $15,000 for lake-protection efforts. “And the vendors, for the most part, did very, very well — I’ve heard nothing but praise.”

During the weekend, employees of the Lake George Park Commission demonstrated a portable boat-washing station set up near Shepard Park alongside one of their patrol boats.

Shari Dufresne of the Park Commission said Sunday the crowd showed keen interest in how the power-washing apparatus cleaned invasive species off boats.

“People have been very receptive, and they’re thankful that we’re now administering the program,” she said.

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