BERLIN, Conn. (AP) — Months before the 2014 Special Olympics Connecticut Winter Games began, Bud Meyers, a retired Connecticut Light and Power worker left his home outside Hardy, Neb., for the 1,500-mile drive to Simsbury to make snow and do other jobs.
He's made the trip every year since 1993.
The Special Olympics on Saturday and Sunday have drawn more than 250 athletes. They are joined by hundreds of volunteers, coaches and spectators.
The cross-country skiing and snowshoeing athletes rely on Meyers and volunteers who are connected to CL&P and parent company Northeast Utilities, to make snow if real snow doesn't fall.
Meyers, who worked at CL&P from 1960 to 1993, says he volunteers to help the developmentally disabled athletes who participate.
Meyers arrived in Connecticut on Dec. 28 and will head home on Tuesday.