Feb 09, 2006 — Something was missing from the opening of the Saranac Lake winter carnival last weekend. Namely the ice palace that's the traditional centerpiece of the 109-year-old event. The ground was pretty much bare, and there was just a pile of snow where the ice palace should have been. All that changed this week when the temperatures plunged and several inches of snow fell. Volunteers are now busy cutting ice blocks from the lake and stacking them into walls that form the palace. Last week, ice carver Ed Sharmer wasn't too hopeful. Yesterday, he told Gregory Warner the palace will be ready.