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Massena Winter Carnival receives title sponsorship

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MASSENA - A representative from the Cultivating Healthy Communities Coalition says their organization’s title sponsorship of the Massena Winter Carnival will allow them to spread the word about their mission.

“It’s a huge opportunity for the organization I’m working for,” said Felicia Neahr, community coalition coordinator for the St. Lawrence County-based organization.

She said the title sponsorship was made possible through federal grant funds received by the organization.

“The reason we’re able to sponsor it is the grant funding,” Ms. Neahr said.

The coalition works on a variety of projects that are designed to encourage positive growth for youth and to discourage underage drinking. They focus on building partnerships and collaborating on projects that foster a physically and psychologically healthy community.

Ms. Neahr said sponsorship of the Winter Carnival will allow them to get the word out about their organization.

“It’s a great way for people to hear the coalition exists. It’s a great way to get the message out,” she said.

“We are absolutely delighted about this generous sponsorship from the coalition,” chamber President Miriam Catapano said. “We are organizing a variety of healthy, family-friendly, hometown celebrations for our fifth annual Winter Carnival and are excited by the support from the community.”

Massena’s Winter Carnival runs from Thursday to Jan. 26, with opening ceremonies scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Greater Massena Chamber of Commerce offices, 16 Church St. The ceremonies will include the unveiling of ice sculptures, music and food.

The Massena Cup hockey tournament will be held Friday and Saturday at the Massena Arena Annex, and Saturday’s other activities include a Kids Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Massena Community Center, Moonlight Ski and Snowshoe from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Nature Center at Robert Moses State Park, and a Boys and Girls Club Trivia Night at 7 p.m. at the Elks Lodge.

The chamber will be open until 8 p.m. Monday for the public to view and vote on a Winter Carnival photography contest. Jan. 21 events include a spaghetti dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Massena Rod and Gun Club, and the Jan. 22 schedule includes a Family Skating Night from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Alcoa Field.

The Winter Carnival Parade steps off at 7 p.m. Jan. 24, traveling through downtown Massena, and fireworks begin at 8 p.m. at Bushnell Field. The St. Lawrence Centre mall is scheduled to have a snow sculpting competition from Jan. 24 to 26.

Jan. 25 activities include a 5K walk/run at 8:30 a.m. at Whalen Park and several events from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hawkins Point Visitors Center, including Geocaching with the Nature Center and a Winter Carnival Market. The Massena Senior Citizens will hold a spaghetti dinner at 4:30 p.m. at the Massena Community Center, followed by a dance at 6 p.m. A “Winter Carnival Chill Out” is also scheduled that day at Violi’s Restaurant.

The final day, Jan. 26, includes a Kids Day with crafts, magic show, games and horse-drawn wagon rides from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hawkins Point Visitors Center, as well as Geocaching with the Nature Center. Closing ceremonies will be held at 3 p.m. at the Hawkins Point Visitors Center.

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