Winter Carnival buttons offered on eBay auction

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee has listed a full set of Garry Trudeau-designed Winter Carnival buttons on the eBay auction website to raise money for the annual event.

The collectible set includes all buttons from 1981 to 2014, plus a bonus button from 1980 that Trudeau did not design. The award-winning author of the “Doonesbury” cartoon, Trudeau grew up in Saranac Lake.

The starting bid for this set is $750. The sale includes a signed certificate from Trudeau on Doonesbury letterhead (dated Jan. 20, 2013) that states: “With appreciation for your support of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival.” Most of the set is in excellent condition; however, there are a few stains on the 1983 button, which is the rarest of all the buttons.

The listing can be viewed online at and is titled “Saranac Lake Winter Carnival full Garry Trudeau button set.” This auction ends on Jan. 17. The direct link is item=221351939328.

All proceeds go to the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee.


Gas prices decline around New York

NEW YORK — Average retail gasoline prices in New York have fallen 2.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.65 a gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 6,118 gas outlets in New York.

This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.29 a gallon on Sunday, according to the website

Including the change in gas prices in New York during the past week, prices Sunday were 5.7 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 1.7 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.

The national average has increased 6.8 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 3.4 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago. 

“As expected, the deep freeze during the last week impacted more than just the air temperature but also kept a grip on gasoline prices,” Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan said in a statement.

“We saw very little change in the national average during the last seven days, and it’s likely that the winter blues will continue to lead to an overall dull next few weeks at gasoline pumps across much of the country.

“Due to the slow demand that January and February typically see, it’d really take a monumental ice breaker to crack the grip that holds the national average in place. I foresee prices remaining relatively quiet this week,” DeHaan said.


NY SAFE Act Educational Forum set for Jan. 18

LAKE LUZERNE — The Warren County Chapter of New York Revolution is holding NY SAFE Act Educational Forum from 1 to 3:15 Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Waterhouse Restaurant, 85 Lake Ave., Lake Luzerne.

A $10 spaghetti dinner will be served immediately following the forum, which is open to both firearms owners and people who don’t own guns.

The forum will feature a number of speakers and a presentation from SCOPE NY outlining information about the dates and issues surrounding the NY SAFE Act.

The object of the forum is to educate and inform the people to motivate them to register and vote, a media release said.

Guest speakers include George Cubelo and Gia Arnold of New York Revolution; Tom King of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, Warren County Sheriff Bud York; Melody Burns of Patriot; Lisa Donovan and Jake Palmateer of NY2A; Mark Rosenzwig of SaraSpa Rod and Gun Club; and Assemblyman Dan Stec.

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