Ice Out 2012 winner

PULLING THE WINNING TICKET — Kachina Price, a junior at Fryeburg Academy, pulls the winning Ice Out Contest ticket as Bridgton Community Center president Ken Murphy holds the ticket container.

The winner of the Bridgton Community Center’s Ice Out contest was drawn on Monday, April 2 at noon by Fryeburg Academy junior Kachina Price.

And the winner is…Morgan Fielding of Dallas, Pa. Morgan was very surprised, but says the extra $400 will come in handy. She is a regular summer visitor to Bridgton and hopes to be here again this year.

If there is only one thing you love about Maine, it has to be the unpredictable weather. A couple of weeks ago with 80 degree weather, BCC officials thought finally it would be an easy task getting IC — the official Ice Out monitor — out of Moose Pond. Not true. Raging winds sent IC head over heels to the bottom of the lake. Bridgton and Denmark Fire Departments seized the opportunity to do water rescue training and after two attempts IC was on solid ground again.

“Ice Out” would not happen without the dedication of Fred Hammerle, who designed the original Ice Out platform and continues to make repairs and adjustments.

Contest officials also thank Phil Blaney, Maurice St. Peter, Larry Scholz, Fr. Craig Hacker and Janet Montgomery for “making it so.”

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