Press-Republican

February 12, 2013

Winter Carnival finale a snowy success

By KIM SMITH DEDAM
Press-Republican

---- — SARANAC LAKE — Nemo complicated the final weekend of the “Under the Sea” Winter Carnival, but Saranac Lake’s premier event still was a big success, organizers say.

Particularly striking was the 80 or so people who watched the outdoor movie as winter storm Nemo blew through town, Winter Carnival Chairman Jeff Dickson said.

“We are extremely pleased with how everything went, given the weather challenges leading up to the event.”

Besides a winter storm that dropped 10 inches of snow, a day-long thaw had threatened the Ice Palace two weeks ago.

“But, to the best of our knowledge, everybody had a good time,” Dickson said. “I would say the crowd was down a little bit on Saturday, given travel issues. It was still a really good crowd.”

FOCUS ON SAFETY

Police in Saranac Lake were kept busy in the hours following the annual Winter Carnival parade.

Numerous arrests related to alcohol use were made, part of enforcement actions planned to help keep the public safe.

Saranac Lake Police Chief Bruce Nason said they increase patrols when there are large festival events in town. Winter Carnival is one of the biggest celebrations of the year, with thousands of people turning out for the parade.

At 4 p.m. Saturday, an 18-year-old was issued an appearance ticket for possession of alcohol by a person under the age of 21, according to the police arrest log.

At 7:30 p.m., a 27-year-old male was arrested at a police Driving While Intoxicated Checkpoint for driving with ability impaired.

A short time later, two adult men were arrested at 7:54 p.m. for driving while intoxicated. They were screened at a DWI checkpoint, and both were processed at the Police Station and released to a third party. One of the two had refused to submit to a breathalyzer screening.

Another 22-year-old man was arrested for disorderly conduct, but he was released after posting $100 bail.

Nason said the Village Police Department institutes Driving While Intoxicated checkpoints at major events.

“And we let people know we are doing it. We want people to be safe.”

WRAPUP

Otherwise, the 116th Saranac Lake Winter Carnival wrapped up Sunday with two perfect winter days for the parade and finale celebration events.

On Wednesday, the Carnival Committee will hold its recap meeting, and in about a month, will start planning next year’s event.

The final event of the 10-day celebration will be held this Thursday. At 2 and 7:30 p.m., the public can attend the Post-Carnival Cape Air Slide Show, to be held at Saranac Village at Will Rogers.

Email Kim Smith Dedam: kdedam@pressrepublican.com