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Massena Elks hosting Family Olympics Fun Night


MASSENA - A member of the Massena Elks Lodge No. 1702 who was an Olympic torch bearer in 2002, will be on hand for a Family Olympics Fun Night from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the lodge, 20 Bowers St.

Doug Premo was a torch bearer for the Salt Lake City Winter Games, and he’ll have his full Olympic torch attire and the original 2002 torch during today’s event.

“He carried the torch in 2002 through downtown Burlington (Vt.). At the time he was working at General Motors. He was recommended to be a torch bearer. He’s a very athletic guy who jogs regularly. He’s always kept his outfit and torch,” said Roxanne Roberts, chair of the Elks House Committee, which is organizing the event.

Adults and children can have their picture taken while holding the torch. Photographer Max Pelifian will do the photography, which will be printed on-site and photographs can be purchased for $5.

“He’s doing it very reasonably. The pictures will be printed immediately,” Ms. Roberts said.

The Family Olympics Fun Night, which coincides with the opening events in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, is open to the public.

Ms. Roberts said they’ll have a kid-friendly meal for purchase that includes hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken nuggets and French fries.

They’ll also have some games of skill for all ages groups. For $1, players can try their luck at all five games for a chance to win a prize at each game. Among the games is an opportunity to try and shoot a ring on an elk’s antler.

Anyone who wants to watch the evening’s coverage of the opening Winter Olympics events is also welcome to attend. The lodge has five high-definition televisions in the lounge area.

Ms. Roberts said it’s an opportunity to celebrate the Olympics in a fun way.

“Our House Committee is always looking for new things to do at the Elks. This is an opportunity to have some people come out and have some fun,” she said.

A donation from the proceeds will be made to the St. Lawrence County Special Olympics.

“Whenever the Elks open an event to the public, we’re required to make a charitable donation. In keeping with the Olympics, we’re donating it to the Special Olympics,” Ms. Roberts said.

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