Speed a Factor in Two Fatal Sled Crashes in the Adirondacks

Area sledders, please, please be careful.

A 72-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman died in two separate snowmobile crashes this past weekend in the Adirondacks, the Associated Press Reports.

From The AP Report:

Webb police say 72-year-old Larry DeMarte, of Parma, failed to negotiate a curve on Sunday afternoon and flew off his vehicle into a creek. The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports Demarte's snowmobile landed on top of him, trapping him underwater.

Authorities also say 46-year-old Michelle Wander crashed into a tree early Sunday while driving in an area between two lakes in Webb. Wander, of Clay. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

In December we reported on the deaths of three sledders. You can read that story, by clicking here.

Ice, Ice Baby: Schroon Lake Style

Photo Credit: Roger Friedman

Photo Credit: Roger Friedman

“Great ice at the new Pavilion! Good job Pat Shaughnessy!”. Those are the words of Roger Friedman and we couldn’t have said it better. Today, Saturday, the spectacular new Schroon Lake Skating Rink and Pavilion is open for business. And a big congrats to everyone in the Town who helped make this dream a reality.

We believe it’s another positive step showing how local government — operating in a primarily summer tourist town like Schroon — can build its infrastructure to benefit locals and visitors.

We reported on how this project got its start in our December story, which you can read here.

The rink is free to use and you can borrow skates from the town. Call (518) 532-7737 for information. The town is always looking for ice skate donations. You can drop them off at the town hall or the library.

Support Pastor Lynnette Cole’s Go Fund Me Campaign

Picture courtesy The Schroon Lake Community Church

Picture courtesy The Schroon Lake Community Church

Miraculously, Schroon Lake Community Church Pastor Lynnette Cole, and her dog Lumis were able to escape the recent blaze which destroyed the Schroon Lake Community Church and her residence next-door, unharmed.

All of the much beloved Pastor’s life memories – from childhood through college and adult life – were destroyed. Now her mom Krystal has started a Go Fun Me Campaign to her her rebuild her life.

.Click here for the GOFUNDME page.

From her mom:

“This GoFundMe is being created out of a large demand from people asking what it is that they can do to help. Aside from donating on this page we have been directing people to send gift cards. Of course prayers are also needed during this difficult time. Many people have been requesting a mailing address for Lynnette Cole. The camp has agreed to accept mail on her behalf.

Skye Farm Camp and Retreat Center
c/o Lynnette Cole 
1884 E. Schroon River Rd
Warrensburg, NY 12885

 So who is Lynette?

Lynnette received her Bachelor of Science degree in 2011 in Public Affairs and Public Policy. Later she says she received a “calling to ministry” and in the spring of 2012, she attended Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. She received her Masters of Divinity in May of 2015 at the National Cathedral. Lynette joined the Schroon Lake Community Church in June, 2016.

In her free-time she enjoys snow-boarding, riding her jet-ski, campfires, hanging out with Lumis, discussing her sermons on Monday at Flanagan’s Pub on Monday nights and making new friends.

Church member Wendy Ryan share’s the following:

Wendy Ryan‎ 

“Many have requested information on donating to rebuilding our beloved Schroon Lake Community Church. Donations can either be mailed directly to our mailing address at:
P.O. 276
Schroon Lake, NY 12870 
or donated with PayPal/Credit card right on our website here.
Thank you for your generosity and prayers”.