Saranac Lake's Winter Carnival and Garry Trudeau

One of the most popular winter adventures for North Country folks and beyond is the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival.

Every year, since 1981, "Doonesbury" cartoonist Garry Trudeau, raised in Saranac Lake, has designed the official poster and button to promote the carnival.

The CBS News program Sunday Morning profiled Trudeau on their most recent broadcast, with Saranac Lake getting a special mention.

Each year has a theme and for 2019 it’s Prehistoric Park. This year’s 10-day festival event is set for February 1-10, 2019. You can find all of the information you’ll need, by clicking here.

In a first for "Sunday Morning," host Jane Pauley gets to interview her husband.

Trudeau is the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist whose comic strip career began at Yale University in the 1960s, "Bull Tales," evolved into one of the most influential and enduring chronicles of the counterculture. Now 70, Trudeau talks about the effect his memorable characters' journey has had on him and what he calls his "accidental career."

RIP: Donald J. Bessey Jr. April 1, 1959 - December 1, 2018


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We are saddened to learn of the passing of Donnie Bessey Jr. A Funeral Service will be conducted Friday afternoon Dec. 7, 2018 at 1:30 PM at the Edward L. Kelly funeral Home 1019 US Rt. 9, Schroon Lake, NY. Interment will follow in the Schroon River Cemetery, North Hudson, NY.

Family and friends may call at the funeral home Friday Dec. 7, 2018 from !2:00 PM until  the Service at 1:30 PM.

From his official obit:

Donnie died in his sleep December 1, 2018 at his home.

Donnie was born April 1, 1959 in Plattsburgh, NY, the son of the late Donald J. and Joyce (Wood) Bessey Sr.

Donnie lived in Schroon Lake, NY for over 35 years, he was a former employee of the Town of Schroon.

Donnie was always willing to help anyone with anything. The most important thing to him was his love for his family.

Donnie is survived by his sisters, Joy M. Bessey and Patrica (Jim) Klinbeil, his brothers Rod (Lori) Bessey and Paul (Bonnie) Bessey, and many nieces and nephews who loved him and called him Uncle Duck.

Donnie will be greatly missed by his family. In his years of giving he was a volunteer firefighter for 3 fire companies, Malta Ridge, North Hudson and Schroon Lake.

The family suggests memorials take the form of donations the Schroon Lake Emergency Squad, Schroon Lake, NY 12870.