Polar Bear Ski Club parents Will and Andrea Hollister, along with daughters Alexis and Karleigh and their friends Alex Sutherland and Laura Levi, took a road trip to Rochester to see American World Cup alpine skier Lindsey Vonn on Friday, August 9th.
Polar Bear Skiers, From left, Alexis Hollister, Laura Levi, Alex Sutherland and Karleigh Hollister with LindseyVonn
Vonn appeared at the Ski Chalet Ski Shop for a Meet and Greet event which was attended by over 1,000 fans. Having arrived four-and-a-half hours prior to the 6:30 p.m. engagement, the local contingent was the third group in line to meet the celebrated skier.
Each fan had 10 seconds to spend with Vonn. Andrea presented her with a Polar Bear Ski Club patch with the names of the youth skiers written on the back.
The girls took advantage of photo ops with Vonn and had her sign their race suits. Alexis got her to sign her i-Pod as well.
A photo of Karleigh being hugged by Vonn appears on the facebook page of Head Skis, Vonn’s sponsoring company.
“It was a great day and a wonderful experience for the girls. Lindsey was very gracious to all of us,” Andrea said.
Kevin Jost, a 50-year seasonal resident of Old Forge, addressed the Town of Webb Board at their monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 13 regarding his concerns for water safety on the Fulton Chain.
Jost spoke as a concerned citizen and in response to a boating collision on First Lake near his dock that resulted in injuries to Old Forge residents Doc and Judy Foley on Saturday, July 27th.
The boating incident prompted Jost to question the state of current patrol coverage for the Fulton Chain of Lakes.
As a result, he and his wife Candy hosted an informal meeting on August 2 of local and county law enforcement, state officials, town elected officials, Fulton Chain of Lakes Association members, Rivett’s Marine owners and concerned community citizens.
The 32nd Annual Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors will be on display at View in Old Forge from August 17 through October 27th.
This highly competitive exhibition features the aqua media works on paper from many of the best living painters in North America.
It has been ranked one of the ten best competitive watercolor exhibitions in the country by The Artists magazine, and has received numerous endorsements and accolades.
There will be an opening reception and preview on Friday, August 16, which is free to members, exhibiting artists and the public.
Jennifer Potter-Hayes, executive director of View, has announced that Cory Card of Rochester has been selected to fill the permanent position as View’s Exhibitions Manager.
Card comes to View with a great background in exhibitions, said Potter-Hayes.
He has a Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts from Rochester Institute of Technology and has worked at the George Eastman House in Rochester and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo preparing material for exhibitions.
Daughter- and father-in-law team, Kim O’Grady and James Riley, have pooled their culinary resources to open the new Buddy’s Pizza Plus restaurant at 2992 State Route 28 in Old Forge.
Riley, who has been involved in the restaurant/catering business in the Utica area for the last 40 years, and O’Grady, who also has a history in the food business, regularly cook for family and friends at gatherings.
Kim O’Grady and James Riley, Owners of Buddy’s Pizza Plus
It was at the urging of their family that they take their culinary skills to the professional level and share it with the public.
The Inlet Youth Commission’s summer programs ended its season with a picnic at Arrowhead Park on Thursday, August 8th. Many Old Forge Little League players and their families joined in the festivities.
Coaches Nate Smith and Billy Keiser, tennis instructor Erik Ferguson and swim instructor Alicia Burnett, along with assistant Emily Parent, planned field games and relay races in and out of the water.
Inlet Supervisor John Frey grilled hot dogs and hamburgers for everyone as Youth Commission members Georgia Levi and Bonnie Lutz helped serve. Barb Murdock kept the popcorn coming. Awards and certificates were handed out after lunch.
Every participant received a prize from area merchants. The items were available from the very generous certificates and prizes from the Ping Pong Ball Drop.
Along with baseball, swimming and tennis instruction, the Youth Commission offered weekly programs in Inlet through Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts.
“This season, the Youth Commission summer programs were under the direction of the same coaches and instructors as last year. Participants and members all hope they will return for the 2014 season.
“The Youth Commission would like to thank the parents, the parks department and the town board for their continued support. Without this, we would not be able to provide these activities for our area youths,” said Youth Commission Director Mary Marleau.
Terry and Deborah Jones, of Old Forge and North Carolina are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Lauren, to Matthew McLoughlin.
Matthew is son of Bill and Carole McLoughlin of Port Leyden. Lauren is a graduate of the Town of Webb Schools and St. Michael’s College in Winooski, VT. She is employed by Paragon Lodging of Breckenridge, CO.
Matt, a graduate of South Lewis High School and Mohawk Valley Community College, is employed by Vail Resorts in Breckenridge.
They will be married in Breckenridge in August 2014.