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Dec. 22, 2006

Celebrate the Elements this Winter in Oswego County

Oswego State  Hockey Player Celebrating

The Oswego State Lakers men's ice hockey team will host the Pathfinder Bank Oswego Hockey Classic in the new ice arena at SUNY Oswego Friday and Saturday, Dec. 29 and 30.

Oswego County, NY - Let it snow!

Winter sports lovers will find plenty to keep them busy - as spectators and as active participants - over the next few months in Oswego County.

The fast-paced excitement of college hockey will fill the Oswego State Campus Center Ice Arena Friday and Saturday, Dec. 29 and 30, when four nationally-ranked Division III teams compete in the Pathfinder Bank Oswego Hockey Classic. The Oswego State Lakers will host three accomplished opponents in their new ice arena - Elmira College, New England College from Henniker, NH, and St. Thomas University from St. Paul, MN. Opening game face-off is 4 p.m. Friday when Elmira takes to the ice against St.Thomas. The host Lakers will face New England at 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets are available at all PathFinder Bank locations and at Campus Center Ice Arena ticket windows on the day of the game. For ticket info visit www.oswego.edu/athletics/hockeyclassic.

Mushers and dogs will mingle in the rustic setting of Winona State Forest near Boylston Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 30 and 31 when the Pennsylvania Sled Dog Club sponsors a sled dog training session. The event is a prelude to the 13th annual Tug Hill Challenge, a traditional sled dog race with a “kid and mutt” dash Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 13 and 14. Kids will have the chance to drive or ride in a sled pulled by a trained sled dog in a 100-meter race. Each child must bring a helmet. To sign up, contact Erin Sperry by , or phone 315-298-6679. Admission to both events is free for spectators. Details are available on-line at www.pennsleddogclub.com.

Spend the first day of the New Year on a group snowshoe adventure! The Salmon River Greenway Corridor Trail Committee will host a New Year's Day four-mile loop around the village of Pulaski. Adults and children of all skill levels are welcome to venture through riverside and wooded terrain. Begin at the Haldane Center at noon, cross the river at the scenic railroad trestle and head back to Dunbar Field. This event will continue regardless of weather; so if you can't snowshoe, you can hike the loop! Learn more by visiting www.sgrctrailcommittee.org, or contact Daniel Hastings at 315-396-9597 or by .

Winter Trails Day, a free, national event throughout North America, will take place at the Salmon Hills Ski Resort in Redfield Saturday, Jan. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Activities include snowshoeing and cross country ski demonstrations, clinics, children's games, various competitions, and a beginner's one-mile ski race. Salmon Hills is located at 100 Noble Shores Drive. For more information visit www.salmonhills.com, www.wintertrails.org, or call 315-599-7008.

The city of Oswego will host a Riverfront Winter Carnival Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 13 and 14, along the Oswego River behind the Econo-Lodge on East First Street. Sponsored by the Oswego Minor Hockey Association, Econo-Lodge Inn and Suites, and Best Western Captain's Quarters, the carnival will feature contests, organized games, and other festivities from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For information, call 315-343-1600 or . Admission is free.

Skiers of all ages and abilities are invited to explore miles of trails through the Winona State Forest in Boylston and Mannsville Saturday, Jan. 20, during the 13th annual Tug Hill “Try-It,” a 25-k and 15-k classic ski event. The competition kicks off at 10:30 a.m. For registration information visit www.winonaforest.com or .

Enjoy a winter ramble around the Rice Creek Field Station at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27 on Thompson Road in the Town of Oswego. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 315-312-7961 for details. Admission is free.

For trail conditions, fishing conditions, and a complete list of outdoor events that celebrate winter in Oswego County, visit the Oswego County Web site at www.oswegocounty.com/tourism/festival/seasonalevents.html or call the Oswego County Division of Promotion and Tourism at 1-800-248-4FUN.

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