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‘Sky lantern’ event called off in Tupper

Chamber seeks another idea to raise funds for family of missing teen

March 20, 2012
By JESSICA COLLIER - Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

TUPPER LAKE - The Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce had hoped to hold a lantern-lighting ceremony Wednesday night dedicated to missing teenager Colin Gillis, but that's been called off.

Officials are concerned the 200 "sky lanterns," paper lanterns with a lit candle in them that rise into the sky after they are lit, would be a fire hazard.

State Department of Environmental Conservation spokesman David Winchell said the current conditions - lack of snow, plenty of dead, dry vegetation and unusually high temperatures with no rain expected - make DEC officials concerned about the danger of a fire spreading.

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Colin Gillis
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Tupper Lake Events Coordinator Faith Bedore said she's going to look for other ideas for a fundraiser. She said she hopes no one bears any ill-will to the DEC since the organization was such a huge help throughout the search process.

"They have been so wonderful to the Gillis family," Bedore said.

The money the chamber hopes to raise would be donated to a fund set up with Community Bank to support the Gillis family through their search for their son.

Eighteen-year-old Tupper Laker Colin Gillis went missing last weekend after leaving a party on foot and was last seen at about 1:45 a.m. Sunday, March 11, near the line between Franklin and St. Lawrence counties, where Tupper Lake meets Piercefield.


Contact Jessica Collier at 518-891-2600 ext. 25 or



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