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Lake Winnie Breaks Ground on Waterpark
Lake Winnepesaukah officials broke ground Wednesday on SoakYa, a 5-acre water entertainment complex scheduled to open during the Summer 2013 season.
The waterpark is the first major expansion of the 88-year-old amusement park since the 1960s, when the park doubled in size and added two signature attractions: the antique wooden Carrousel and the world-famous wooden Cannon Ball Roller Coaster.
"Lake Winnepesaukah has a hard to say and even harder to spell name,” said Talley Green, Public Relations Director, “but through the years that name has become synonymous with family fun in our region. That’s why we chose SoakYa, a spirited play on our name, for the waterpark that is a perfect complement to our amusement complex.”
Today’s groundbreaking signals the start of an aggressive five-month construction schedule that calls for completion of the waterpark attraction in time for a Memorial Day weekend debut, two months after the amusement park opens for the 2013 season. Aquatic Builders Ltd., a division of master plan design and engineering firm Aquatic Development Group, will lead the park’s construction along with locally-based contractors. The development will create 100 temporary construction jobs and up to 60 new seasonal positions upon completion.
The multi-million dollar waterpark will feature a lazy river and wave lagoon. Clusters of flume body slides and enclosed tubes – some for single riders, some for multiple riders – will dot the landscape. A multi-lane racer slide will send dueling riders on a refreshing plunge into a pool while toddlers will be entertained in a shallow splash park with pint-sized slides and water play equipment. Covered and uncovered lounge seating, retail shops, concessions and a changing facility with lockers will allow families to enjoy a day-long stay at the park.
“The beginning of the year also marks a new beginning for Lake Winnie,” explains Chris Jones, Architect. “The owners have committed themselves to building a first class waterpark and ‘doing it right’! With the start of construction, a dream is on its way to reality. A former parking lot will soon be transformed into a colorful array of exciting water rides, water features, man-made hills and lush landscaping creating an oasis of fun and laughter. Did I mention water? Lots of water!”
The first phase of the multi-million dollar SoakYa waterpark will be developed on the West side of the amusement park between the Cannon Ball Roller Coaster and the lake. The 5-acre vacant tract of land has recently served as overflow parking for concerts and other major events. Subsequent waterpark expansions could triple the water entertainment complex’s size in years to come.
Lake Winnepesaukah will open the 2013 season with a $26 general admission rate ($10 for children two and under and senior citizens), which is consistent with 2012 ticket prices. During the summer months, guests will enjoy two parks for one admission price. From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, general admission will be $31.95 ($15.95 for children two and under and senior citizens). General admission will revert back to the $26 rate for the remainder of the 2013 season when SoakYa closes for the season in early fall. SoakYa will be accessible through the main park entrance only.
The facility was designed by architect Christopher M. Jones of North Palm Beach, Florida and Aquatic Development Group of Cahoes, New York, both of which have extensive waterpark development experience. The park will feature “Made in the USA” slides and other water play equipment designed, engineered and manufactured by North Carolina-based AquaBlue International. Chattanooga-based CapitalMark Bank & Trust will finance the expansion.
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SHEILA MacRAE DIES
ENGLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) -- The second Alice Kramden has died. Actress Sheila MacRae died Thursday in Englewood, New Jersey, at the age of 92. Her daughter says MacRae died of old age. MacRae is probably best known for playing Alice on "The Jackie Gleason Show" from 1966 to 1970. Audrey Meadows played Alice in the 1950s version of "The Honeymooners." MacRae also played Madelyn Richmond on "General Hospital.'"'
Sound of Sheila MacRae and her then-husband Gordon MacRae, singing "Love is a Simple Thing." Sheila MacRae has died at 92.
MAX CHARLES - "MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN"
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The boy who voices Sherman in the film "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" is just a regular kid. Ten-year-old Max Charles says he got a basketball hoop for Christmas, so he plays a lot of basketball. He also rides his bike and skateboards. Charles says he likes that Sherman sort of looks like him. He says the animators gave Sherman the same facial expressions he did when he was doing the voice.
Max Charles says he likes that Sherman looks a little bit like him.
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Max Charles says he has a favorite scene from "Mr. Peabody and Sherman."
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Max Charles says he's a normal 10-year-old.
WES ANDERSON USES ODD TECHNIQUES FOR NEW FILM
NEW YORK (AP) -- Film audiences who see "The Grand Budapest Hotel" directed by Wes Anderson might be struck at how old-fashioned some of his techniques are. Anderson mixes in miniatures and he filmed a chase scene with figurines. Anderson says he sees "a great deal of artificiality" in James Bond movies, and we accept that style of special effects as reality. Anderson says miniatures and animations are like magic tricks with a certain charm and he assumes that everyone knows his films are "a kind of a concoction."
NEW YORK (AP) -- The battle of the Persians versus the Greeks wins the battle of the box office. The film "300: Rise of an Empire" brought in $45.1 million in its opening weekend, putting it at number one. It's a sequel to the 2007 film "300." "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" made its debut in second with $32.5 million. Last week's number one, "Non-Stop," came in third with $15.4 million. "The Lego Movie" was fourth, "Son of God" was fifth and "The Monuments Men" was in sixth. Thanks to its best picture win at the Oscars, "12 Years A Slave" saw a resurgence, with $2.2 million in sales, even though it came out on DVD last week.
AP correspondent Margie Szaroleta reports the sequel to "300" outsold the movie remake of a 50's and '60s cartoon.
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Excerpt of Sullivan Stapleton
Excerpt of Sullivan Stapleton in scene from "300: Rise of an Empire"
SCHOOL WILL STAGE MUSICAL VERSION OF "CARRIE"
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- A suburban Detroit school is standing by its decision to stage a musical version of the Stephen King book "Carrie." Parents have complained that it's an inappropriate choice for a spring musical for North Farmington High School in Farmington Hills, Michigan. One parent calls it "arrogant" and "insensitive" to put on a show that ends with a mass murder in a high school. Principal Joe Greene says the musical is a way of looking at the impact of bullying and mental illness.
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