Goshen ice goes out, and man wins contest
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GOSHEN - At 4:47 p.m. Tuesday, the ice on Hammond Pond broke and Sonny LaFond - a school bus driver in Huntington - went home nearly $400 richer.
According to Robert Labrie, organizer of the Goshen Meltdown, LaFond held two tickets - one for Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. and one for April 15.
Over 950 tickets were sold. LaFond takes half the winnings after taxes and expenses - between $350 and $400 - and the Goshen 225th Anniversary Committee will put the balance toward next year's anniversary.
Labrie said several people donated money over and above the cost of their tickets, which means that the committee will probably garner over $400.
''It succeeded beyond my wildest expectations,'' Labrie said from home Tuesday night, as he prepared the last of the weekly ''meltdown updates'' that have been emailed to participants. ''I see it as a win for everybody. We made some money that's going to go to a good cause, and we also made someone happy.''
Labrie said he expects the meltdown to become an annual event.
(April 14th, 2005)