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Central Adirondacks Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit 2016

The Towns of Long Lake, Old Forge, Indian Lake, Inlet and Speculator have joined forces for the Fourth Annual Great Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit. Cardboard Sled Races are held in conjunction with multiple winter festivals and carnivals throughout the central Adirondacks during the winter months.

Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit kicks off in Long Lake, January 16, 2016 at the Winter Carnival

Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit kicks off in Long Lake, January 16, 2016 at the Winter Carnival

Cardboard Sled racing has grown in popularity in the last several years. The LaPorte Family of Eagle Bay has won the coveted Grand Prize for the last two years in a row, usurping Bob Lewin’s win for Daddy’s Folly in 2013. The LaPorte’s designs included two army trucks and 2015 introduced a classic Red Chevy with a functioning trunk allowing room for a hidden rider. The LaPorte’s have been a tough team to beat and organizers look forward to more competitors this winter.

Teams or Solo Racers may enter and are advised to be prepared for heavy snow, icy tracks and the occasional winter thaw to impact the condition of courses. The race circuit is open to all ages, but there will only be one champion.

Racers must use the same sleds regardless of condition. Racers score points for each race they participate in with points awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd for speed and 1st, 2nd, 3rd for design and participation. All ages are welcome, but only one champion or team will win.

Winner of the 2015 Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit - the LaPorte's with their Cruiser

Winner of the 2015 Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit – the LaPorte’s with their Cruiser

Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit – GENERAL RULES – 2016

In order to compete in the Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit you must enter, race and obtain points from 3 of the 5 participating races using the same sled in each race. Repairs may be made to your sled in between races, but the sled must not be modified from its original construction.

Please note: Home Rules apply at each individual event. Please check at registration for rules.

If you intend to participate in the circuit, please notify race officials at each race you attend, prior to the start of the race and carry your circuit card with you. Racers receive a circuit score card at registration.

General Rules – Some venues may have more requirements and rules. Racers please check with event organizers. The following information are “general rules” to guide you in the construction of your sled and apply to all locations.

Construction
– Sled will be inspected to confirm it is the same sled as previous races.
– Sled must be free of sharp edges, pointy objects, or any other feature that may be deemed dangerous by the inspectors.
– Only cardboard may be used
– You may not use: corrugated plastics, other corrugated materials, or wood
– Tapes may be used to hold your sled together.
– No screws, fasteners, nails or staples
– If you do not pass inspection, you may not be allowed to participate or may not be allowed on the hill at all.
– To qualify as a finisher, you must be in or on your sled rather than chasing it or being chased by it as you cross the finish line.

Points Per Circuit Race

1st Place Race – 15 points
2nd Place Race – 10 points
3rd Place Race – 5 points

Place for Design/Decoration – Judged with other circuit racers
1st – 15 points
2nd – 10 points
3rd – 5 points

Participation Per Location – receive 10 points per race. Minimum required to quality to win circuit is 30 points or 3 locations.

Participants will receive score card at each first registration location. Participants must carry card with them to all races. It is the racers responsibility to keep the card and have judges update card with points at each race.

Cardboard Sleds line up at the top of the mountain.

Cardboard Sleds line up at the top of the mountain.

Schedule
Saturday, January 16th, 1pm, Long Lake, NY. Mt. Sabattis. Long Lake Winter Carnival. Registration at Noon. Race at 1pm. 518-624-3077 www.mylonglake.com

Sunday, February 7th, 3pm, McCauley Mountain, Old Forge NY, sponsored by the Town of Webb Junior Class.
315-369-3225 www.mccauleyny.com

Sunday, February 14th at 1pm at the Indian Lake Ski Hill, WinterFest.
Redneck Cardboard & Duct Tape Sled Race. 518-648-5828 www.indian-lake.com

Saturday, February 27 Inlet, NY, Frozen Fire and Lights. Race at Fern Park 1pm.
www.inletny.com 1-866-GO INLET (464-6538)

Saturday, March 5th, Speculator NY, Oak Mountain, 141 Novosel Way, Speculator NY Race 1pm
www.oakmountainski.com (518)548-3606

No pre-registration necessary. Racers sign up the day of event. All race time starts are subject to change without notice.

Winner of the circuit will be announced at Oak Mountain on March 5th.

Fall Outdoor Art Exhibition Underway in Long Lake

Long Lake Native and artist Matt Burnett returns to Long Lake for another installation of Portraits in the Wilderness to complement his current exhibit featuring portraits of Long Laker’s, Bob Dechene, Frances Boone Seaman and Matt’s father, Willy Burnett. The outdoor portraits are currently located on Burns Road Wall on NYS Route 30, Tupper Road. The portraits will be on display through the fall leaf peeping season.

Artist Matt Burnett prepares to set the portraits.

Artist Matt Burnett prepares to set the portraits.

On Friday, September 11th, Matt installed two additional large-scale portraits featuring local Long Lakers, Valerie Galvagni and Jim Swedberg. Matt chose Jim Swedberg because of his connection to Long Lake, the Adirondacks and the Hudson River. Jim has rafted the river for years and recognizable as the person steadfastly holding in place with his camera. When folks raft the Hudson, they will cross paths with Jim, he may be the one person who has rafted the river more than anyone else.

If you've ever been rafting on the Hudson, you've seen Jim Swedberg

If you’ve ever been rafting on the Hudson, you’ve seen Jim Swedberg

The second portrait showcases local nurturer, childcare giver and mother to all, Val Galvagni. Val raised her own family in Long Lake and then took on a new generation of millenials growing up in Long Lake at a time when there was very little childcare available to working parents. Val stepped in and took on the challenge because she loves children and welcomed the opportunity.

When asked how she felt to be painted and celebrated Val said. “It made me very giddy, I’m so flattered” As a childcare giver Val is part of the fabric of the community. Val says she does love children and having them connect to her is just part of who she is. Val was stumped when Matt asked her to be a part of the portrait collection so she suggested including children in the portrait.

Val has always surrounded herself with kids, all ages.  Kids flock to Val.

Val has always surrounded herself with kids, all ages. Kids flock to Val.

Matt’s first art installation for the Town of Long Lake was a collaboration with Scott Fuller for an outdoor exhibit entitled “E-Lumination” in 2011. Matt has since been working with the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department to continue to build on his large scale wilderness portraits to connect the natural world to a sense of place and community

Matt’s portraits are currently on display on the Tupper Road, NYS Route 30 along the Burns Road Wall just north of the Long Lake Bridge. There is also a large-scale portrait of Buttermilk Falls still on display on Deerland Road, a short distance from the sharp curve near the start of North Point Road.

Meeting Slated in Long Lake NY: Microenterprise Grant Funding Available

Essex County in partnership with Hamilton County applied for and was awarded an Adirondack Park Upper Hudson Recreation Hub Grant, creating the Hub Microenterprise Program. The total amount awarded for this program was $100,000.

There will be an Informational meeting on the Microenterprise Grant Program on January 15, 2015 at 7:00 P.M. at the Long Lake Town Hall at 1201 Main Street, NYS Route 30. (the Fire House/red brick building at the top of the hill across from Long Lake Central School/Bank/Library).

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The Microenterprise Grant Program (MGP) will be established to provide grants to eligible expanding or start up Microenterprise businesses, located in Essex County, the towns of Minerva, Newcomb and North Hudson and in Hamilton County, the towns of Indian Lake and Long Lake. As qualified businesses are identified through an application process, the MGP will provide resolution to small businesses lack of access to capital and assist businesses to offer a more relevant mix of wares, goods and services to help improve the viability of the businesses, to become more sustainable and retain and create new jobs.

These communities will be investing in amenities to promote a spectrum of recreational opportunities and the use of the State lands, which will enhance and increase visitations to the communities to enjoy the surrounding Forest Preserve and Conservation Easement lands.

The MGP will strengthen the linkages between communities and the surrounding Recreational Hub, attract revenue from recreating visitors, enhance the quality of life for the residents and leverage other private funding sources that will maximize the benefit that communities can realize through increased public use of the former Finch/Nature Conservancy lands.

The MGP will enhance nature access points by businesses that cater directly to the recreational visitor (such as bait shops, back country supply shops and other commercial and guide services), located in the communities center (the areas that are designed to be market driven) of economic activity and tourist accommodations, that offer the potential for walkability and increased commercial activity, providing multiple consolidated visitor service (such as restaurants, lodging, shops, gear and guides). Overall the MPG will significantly improve tourism and recreation related businesses to become sustainable and more economically viable, which will also improve the resident’s quality of life.

A Microenterprise is a business that employs or will employ nine (9) or fewer persons, including the business owner or owners. To be eligible for assistance, an existing microenterprise business must retain and or create jobs. The grant funds from the Microenterprise program can be used to: purchase equipment, furniture & fixtures, inventory and be used for operating expenses, marketing, and working capital and start up costs. All grant applicants must complete Adirondack Upper Hudson Recreation Hub Microenterprise Program, Business Development & Enhancement training Program.
For information, please contact the Essex County IDA at 518-873-9114.

Shhh. Keep Quiet, I’m Fishing in Long Lake!

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Locals love spring fishing. It’s quiet, the working summer season hasn’t zapped every extra minute of free time. It’s still early yet and while the black flies are out, they are still in their dumb, confused stage, so not quite the venomous monsters expected to hit in a few days. So it’s time to get out and hit the secret fishing spots around the area. With so many abundant waterways to explore there’s plenty.

Reports and tidbits from facebook posts include “Brookies are hot. Down deep in the river eddies.”

“I saw a 12 pounder pulled out”

“Love the sunsets at my secret fishing spot.”

It’s a great time of year, and time to get out. Whether you fish from the shoreline or a boat, it’s the best time to get out and relax.

Big One by the spillway

Got a fishing story? Submit it to our blog! longlakeinfo@yahoo.com

Long Lake Itinerary for Feb 14th – Feb 22nd

Kids are on Vacation this week! What are you going to do?
Feb 14th – Feb 22nd

From the Desk of the Director. I am writing to you from the secret command center in an unknown location in Long Lake, NY. If you are seeking adventure, activities and all things Adirondack, this is your week to be in Long Lake. This is just a sample itinerary of all great offerings going on all week in our area!

Friday, Feb 14th. – Happy Valentine’s Day! Well the first thing on the list is stop by the fundraiser dinner in Raquette Lake for the Raquette Lake Softball Team at 5pm, Raquette Lake Fire Hall. $10 and byob. Bring your Valentine!

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Saturday Feb 15th – Raquette Lake Winter Carnival. It’s true, there are four of us in our family so I’d have to split the family in two! I’d send one half to the Kids Games starting at 10am in Raquette Lake. Kat Forsell is cooking up all sorts of fun games, snowshoe races, tire races, frying pan toss and more!

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Saturday, Feb 15th – Mt. Sabattis Geiger Arena. The other ½ of the family will be in Long Lake starting at 12noon located at 6 Pavilion Way/Entrance 1100 Deerland Road. We’d hit the LL skating races and snowman building. Always a fun crowd at the Geiger Arena and I’m sure to win bragging rights with my superior skating skills! DJ music with Pat Bedore and Andrew McClelland, hot chocolate and yummy snacks. See Erin and ask her about the Ice Dancing Competition!

MAGIC SHOW! Yes at 2pm Jim Perry, the Magician will be at the Raquette Lake Library. Grab some yummy cookies and enjoy the show. It’s free! I wonder if he can make people disappear? We’ll spend the rest of the day in Raquette Lake playing Golf on the lake. Then there’s the bonfire, and fireworks at dusk and the Winter Boat and the Tap Room. I’m IN! Thanks to Mike, Murray, Kat, Tommy, Wayne, Sue and everyone in Raquette Lake for pulling this event together!

Sunday, Feb 16th
At 10am In Raquette Lake there’s a Pancake Breakfast at the Fire Hall or
10am Great Camp Sagamore Snowshoe trek with Walt Linck and it’s Free. Who’s been to Great Camp Sagamore in the Winter? Not me, but it will be pretty amazing to get this opportunity to enjoy the property in the off-season, just like yesteryear!

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Also on Sunday in Raquette Lake starting at Noon – the Infamous Cross-cut and Chainsaw Competition. I’ve heard about this, and there are some serious competitors using powerful equipment! I’ll just watch, or maybe someone will invite me to be on his or her team!

SKIING! Hit the slopes at Big Tupper. For $25 a person, the whole family can ski for the cost of one holiday ticket price at any other area mountain. Bargain, Great Mountain and I know those trails like I know my own driveway because I grew up on that mountain and can’t wait to get back! Note to self: Pack a HELMET. I’m old now and it’s been a while! Rentals available! Call 518.359.3730. Be part of something that is re-igniting ski fever in the Heart of the Adk. Be a part of something amazing!

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Monday, Feb 17th
Wild Center. The kids love an adventure at the Wild Center and it’s Mammal Monday. Join The Wild Center staff as you learn about some of the Adirondack mammals that can still be seen in the winter. At 1:00 pm join SUNY-ESF Wildlife Technician Charlotte Demers in the theater to learn about winter adaptations of small mammals. Take a walk along the trails with a naturalist at 2:00 pm to discover many small mammal winter homes.

Tuesday, Feb 18th
Frost Fest at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mt. Lake 10 am – 3pm. Free exhibitions, outdoor fun hands-on fun for family including a winter-themed scavenger hunt and some open exhibits… IN THE WINTER and it’s FREE! What? The museum in Blue Mountain Lake is open in the winter and it’s FREE! WOW. I’m there! What a unique experience!

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Weekly Snowshoe Hike
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | Adirondack Interpretive Center – 5922 State Route 28N, Newcomb NY 12852 | AIC Programming
Join us on our snow-covered trails as we explore tracks, trees and everything in between. All ages are welcomed. Snowshoes provided. Be sure to wear appropriate clothing and footwear. 
Sponsor: Northern Forest Institute | Contact: Kristin Pasquino, 518-582-2000

Wednesday, Feb 19th
Youth Program Tubing trip to Oak Mountain and its only $5 a person for tubing and TWO slices of pizza. Really? What a DEAL! Call 518.624.3077. Limited seats on the little bus! Sign up asap!

Wednesday Night – 7pm. Trivia at The Cellar Restaurant and Pub. I’m going to take down the Kicking Greys and Flatlanders and that team with the Norwegian guy. But I love TRIVIA! Winning!

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Thursday, Feb 20th
SNOWMOBILING. I can’t believe I haven’t gone sledding yet this week. So today I’m hitting over 70 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. I’m going to loop from Long Lake, Newcomb Indian Lake to Raquette Lake and then back to Long Lake. I’ll even try the 7th Lake Mountain trail through the Moose River Plains that NYS installed last year. I know it needs more work, but I want to try it before the season ends and I’ll go slow, I PROMISE! How cool is it to connect and loop all the way around?

Friday, Feb 21st
I’m going to eat lunch in Long Lake, I can eat at the Cyber Creek Café, the Long Lake Diner, Adirondack Hotel, the Kickerville Mobil or the Adk Trading Post. So many choices! I can get some take out and bring it with me to the Geiger Arena and spend the day. I love the sledding hill and ice-skating rink because Erik does a great job operating the place and it’s great exercise too! Ice skating conditions 518.624.3031

Friday night – Going to the Indian Lake Theater to check out Forever Snocade starting at 7pm featuring hilarious comic sketches about living in the central Adirondacks and then I’ll stick around to hear the Sons of Octomom play because Eric Peter is a groovtastic local musician and always puts on a great show!

Saturday, Feb 22nd – Free Guided Hiking Trip! Hiking with Spencer Morrissey up Sawyer and Little Sawyer. I’ve got my snowshoes, my crampons, my layers and my lunch and water. I’m in and this just in… it’s FREE. I have to sign up in advance by calling 518.624.3077 so I get a spot on the bus! This trip is free and sponsored by the Town of Long Lake part of the Winter Expedition Series.

Also on Sat. Feb 22nd is a cool Vendor Event happening at the Raquette Lake School! Look for booths for The Pampered Chef, 31, Lia Sophia, Clutter Bug and the WW Durant! 11am – 3pm. Be sure to stop in and check it out. Great entrepreneurial business owners right here in this area!

Sunday, Feb 23rd – Ice Fishing. I pick up my bait, already got my license and I’ve got my tip ups. Supplies and live bait available at stores in Long Lake! Adk Trading Post and Hoss’s.

Long Lake in the Center of It All. Don’t need to stay anywhere else!

For More Information!
Wild Center
Adirondack Museum
Ski Big Tupper
Newcomb Visitors Center
Indian Lake Snocade
Shamrock Motel Long Lake
Adirondack Hotel
Long Lake / Raquette Lake Website

Long Lake Winter Blast is COOL!

The Winter Olympics kicks off in Sochi, Russia on February 7th and it boasts a roster of Adirondack athletes that is something the entire region can be proud of. Look for biathletes Lowell Bailey, Tim Burke and Annelies Cook; luger Chris Mazdzer; New Jersey-raised bobsled pilot Jamie Greubel; nordic combined skier Billy Demong; ski jumper Peter Frenette and doubles luger Jayson Terdiman, originally from Berwick, Pa., now makes his home in Lake Placid year-round. There’s also alpine skier Andrew Weibrecht, a Lake Placid native who won a bronze medal at the 2010 Olympics also joining the 2014 team.

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Celebrating the Olympic Fever is always something folks in the Adirondacks enjoy and Long Lake is no exception. As winter comes into full swing and the Polar Vortex easing mid-week folks looking for outdoor recreation can finally get outside and enjoy what winter has to offer.

Long Lake and Raquette Lake have full schedules in February. On February 1st, Joan Collins, an Adirondack birding expert and guide is hosting a snowshoe hike along the Roosevelt Truck Trail at 8am. The Town of Long Lake provides transportation and guests provide their own snowshoes and lunch. Joan is an excellent guide and has an excellent ear and eye for spotting birds. The trek itself is 2.5 miles long on fairly even ground. Folks can sign up by calling 518.624.3077. There is a guiding fee of $20 per person. Family rates are available.

All About Ice

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On February 1st look for not one, but two ice harvests. Every year Raquette Lake Supply harvests ice to used throughout the summer months as mother nature’s natural air conditioner. The harvest of ice manned mostly by volunteers, using original ice harvesting equipment, lasts all day and helps keep supplies cool well into the summer. Not many of these operations are still functioning, but on-lookers can catch a glimpse a window into history. In Long Lake, there will be a private ice job in operation on the north end of Long Lake just past Round Island.

Coming up the weekend February 7th and 8th we see the return of Ice Fest, which was postponed in January. Stan Kolonko from the Ice Farm will be installing nine sculptures. First will be on Friday, February 7th at the Raquette Lake Library. After he has lunch at the Tap Room, he’ll move the operation over to Long Lake. The Long Lake Historic Society will have an installation of the historic Sagamore Hotel at the Long Lake Town Offices. The historic hotel, now long gone, remains very much a part of the culture and history of Long Lake’s narrative and Stan will be re-creating a slice of the past by recreating a replica of the hotel.

Stan will be moving from location to location, explaining how he works, how he makes the ice, how heavy the blocks are (it’s back-breaking work) and he’s always game to interact and answer questions about his work. Stan was a 1st place award winner in 2013 at the World Championships in Alaska.

Look for additional sculpture installations at Shear Images, Shamrock Motel and Cottages, Hoss’s Country Corner, Ali Baba’s Liquors, Long Lake Diner/Owls Head Pub and the Adk Trading Post. Businesses will be hosting a variety of events, from wine tastings, hot chocolate and coffee, chili tastings and more.

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The Annual Moonlighter’s Poker Run runs from February 7th -8th. This fun event is a great way connecting the business communities of Long Lake, Raquette Lake and Newcomb along the connecting corridor trails or by the highways. The Poker Run is two days, and players are welcome to start on either day, it’s two days long so players have plenty of time to collect stamps from all three communities. For $10 players start at either the Raquette Lake Tap Room or the Newcomb House. Collect stamps at participating businesses and check in the Long Lake Diner starting at 4pm on Saturday. Dealing start at 4pm and all cards must be in by 5pm. Players are dealt the number of cards corresponding to the number of stops and the best hand wins. Plenty of great door prizes, and cash prizes too. Don’t’ have the snowmobile? People in cars can play too. As a bonus, the Long Lake Diner will also have an ice sculpture on hand to admire!

February 8th the Long Lake Fish and Game Club host their 2nd Annual Fishing Derby Registration Click Here at Lake Eaton fishing for Landlocked Salmon and Brook Trout. Registration will be at the Long Lake Town Hall at 6am and lines are in at 7am at Lake Eaton. Cash prizes for weight, ties are broken by length. Registration takes place at the Long Lake Town Hall on Saturday starting at 6am. Location: 1204 Main Street, Long Lake, NY. The derby is at Lake Eaton Campground, located at 1671 Tupper Road, Long Lake, NY

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For those looking for something more serene there is x-c skiing and snowshoeing. Take a trips to the Wild Center in Tupper Lake (it’s open on the weekends) where Planet Adirondack is a do not miss exhibit. Cabin Fever Sunday’s at the Adironack Museum and check out the New York Audubon walk at the Newcomb Visitors Center. Pre-registration is required. 
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Don’t forget! Long Lake always has ice skating. Free ice skates, popcorn and sledding at Mt. Sabattis/Geiger Arena. Call 518.624.3031 for conditions. Just last week we had 52 folks rent out an entire lodging, take over Mt. Sabattis for the day (it’s open Noon until 10pm) for FREE and they had a great time. Think about having your mid-winter family adventure in the heart of the Adirondacks. In the middle of everything!

Make your Long Lake your winter destination and launch your adventure!

Winter Carnival January 18th

The Moonlighter’s Winter Carnival is on January 18th at Mt. Sabattis.

It kicks off at Noon with a Snowmobile Parade, followed by the coronation of two very special royal guests, bonfire, Cardboard Sled Racing Competition including the first stop on the Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit (think NASCAR) In addition to that all ages will enjoy other activities including the Fireman’s Relay on skates, Ballon Chase, Corn Hole, One Shot Basketball, and a highly anticipated Broomball Tournament. Teams of six are welcome to sign up.

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The event rounds out with a Fireworks Display. Usually the fireworks go off around 6:30pm, but all depends on the number of broomball teams.

The Long Lake Little Bus will be rolling from 4pm until Last Call. Phone is 518.323-5000. It will pick up all ages to transport guests to area lodgings, Mt. Sabattis and to any local address within Long Lake.

On Sunday the Long Lake Lions Club will be hosting the Northern New York Vintage Snowmobile Races starting at Noon on Jennings Park Pond.

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Winter Carnival Schedule: January 18th 2014

All times subject to change without notice.

How to maximize winter fun in Long Lake. Be prepared, dress in layers. Bring sleds, skates, extra clothes and socks if you have little ones.

12pm – Snowmobile Parade
12:15pm – Coronation
12:30pm – Bonfire Lighting – Christmas Trees Welcome
1:00pm – Cardboard Sled Races –
1:30pm – Town Wide Photo
2:00pm – One Shot Basketball
2:15pm – Balloon Chase
2:30pm – Adult Golf Drive / Skating Fireman’s Relay (all ages)
3:00pm – Ladies Frying Pan Toss
4:00pm – Goalie’s Day Off – Puck Shot
4:30pm – Broomball Tournament
6:15PM – FIREWORKS – Time is approximate – Fireworks end the event, after the Broomball Tournament is over.

Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit
There are five Cardboard Sled Races in the Adirondacks. Participants willing to race in all five have a chance to win a really huge trophy and bragging rights for the year. House rules apply at each individual race.

January 18, – Long Lake
Feb 15 – Old Forge
Feb 16 – Indian Lake
Feb 22 – Inlet
March 1 – Oak Mountain Speculator

All dates and times are tentative – please call 518.624.3077 for more information.

Upper Hudson Recreation Hub calls for Wild Forest Classification

Map of the Essex Chain featuring some of the roads and driving loops.

The Five Towns of Newcomb, Minerva, Indian Lake, Long Lake and North Hudson have joined together as the Upper Hudson Recreation Hub to facilitate and lobby for the only economically and environmentally viable classification for the newly acquired 69.000 acres of the former Finch Pruyn lands. The lands are being added to the Adirondack Forest Preserve, publicly owned lands within the Adirondack Park. Wild Forest is the only classification of these lands that will sustain and grow the economy of the Five-Towns of the Upper Hudson Recreation Hub located in the central Adirondacks.

The Upper Hudson Recreation Hub calls on a promise made by Governor Andrew Cuomo that the purchase of these lands will increase the economic opportunities of the 5-Towns by promoting unparalleled, all-access, year-round, four-season recreational activities for residents and visitors.

Viable economic opportunities cannot be leveraged without motorized access for users to increase visitor traffic in and out of the lands. The 5-Towns propose motorized use on an already-established extensive network of logging roads including already established motorized, historical entries at Indian Lake and Newcomb. Vast recreational activities should be permitted including, but not limited to hiking, canoeing, camping, snowmobiling tracked grooming, hunting, skiing, mountain biking, horseback riding, dog-sledding, seaplane activity and ATV riding.

In addition to promoting the active use of the lands, the Upper Hudson Recreation Hub seeks to preserve and maintain the Outer Gooley Farmhouse, and the Boreas Pond Lodge, which are historical brick and mortar assets available for immediate use and occupancy. These buildings have untapped potential and will afford opportunities including, but not limited to: working space for recreation, training, education, visitor information, outpost for rangers and safety personnel, or as a public facility to stage events or as lodging.

The Upper Hudson Recreation Hub recognizes land classification must be equal and fair to all citizens. Local entrepreneurial business owners must be afforded an economic benefit and see an increase in visitor traffic in all five-communities. Recreational opportunities must be all-inclusive and diverse to compete on a global stage.

The Upper Hudson Recreation Hub seeks support from the public, property owners, residents, students and interested citizens of all ages to attend hearings and have their voices heard. The Upper Hudson Recreation Hub seeks the newly acquired property to benefit all residents and visitors of New York State and not just an elite few. The Upper Hudson Recreation Hub vehemently believes in order to achieve the greatest economic benefit there must be maximum use of those lands, including motorized use to provide easy, up close access to ponds, lakes, rivers, streams and trails by all citizens, including the elderly, handicapped, disabled and physically challenged.

The Upper Hudson Recreation Hub fervently stands by their position that there is no other suitable classification for these public lands other than Wild Forest.

The Upper Hudson Recreation Hub invites the public to attend the hearings and support their position.

Following is the full schedule:
June 12. APA offices, Ray Brook, 6 p.m.
June 17. Minerva Central School, Olmstedville, 1 p.m.
June 17. Newcomb Central School, 7 p.m.
June 19. Downtown Conference Center at Pace University, 157 William Street, 18th Floor, Manhattan, 6 p.m.
June 25. Indian Lake Central School, 6 p.m.
July 1. The Harley School, Rochester, 7 p.m.
July 2. DEC headquarters, Albany, 1 p.m.
July 2. Warren County Board of Supervisors Room, Lake George, 7 p.m.

Long Lake Reality?

It’s a fun place to be this Long Lake. Really. Phone rings at the Main Headquarters.

“Hello, Long Lake Tourism, how may I help you today?”

“So I’m from the National Geographic Show and we’d like to shoot episodes of our TV Show Building Wild in your area. Can you help?”

“Well, I’ll try, what is it, what do you need and how much will it cost me?”

“We need people with land, personality and a dream to build a hideaway cabin in the woods with no electricity and no water and the most difficult access ever, that’s part of the story.. getting there shouldn’t be easy”

“Sold. Where do I sign?”

Yes – it’s true, National Geographic is going to dip it’s toes in the remote waters of the Central Adirondacks and explore Long Lake, NY. Why not? We’ve got bear, loons, owls, bugs, trees, contentious land issues, passionate folks and big personalities. Seems like a good mix for a reality show.

Ok – so look for flyer’s. Call your long lost uncle with that remote piece of property in Long Lake you’ve always wanted to build on. Show us your hunting trophies, or your bird lists … whatever dynamic dream you’ve got, it all plays a part.

Here’s the text from the flier…

Do you dream of a getaway cabin in the middle of nowhere? Building Wild can build it.

Building Wild is a reality TV show setting a course to pull together a crew, materials (most of them, not all) and need the guy with a dream of getting away from it all on his own piece of paradise. (Long Lake, Raquette Lake… totally the perfect locations for this to happen – although I’ve already heard from one friend who summers here to make sure we don’t put the crew near his house.. and so it begins!)

You might be what we’re looking for if you own a remote piece of land, the more remote, the better. Getting there should be half the battle for our crew. (can we say Boat Access only Long Laker’s or Raquette Laker’s?) When we say wilderness, we mean it: from mountain tops to an island on a remote lake. We will put you on camera to document the adventure. If this sounds like you, email
Send Email
buildingwild@gmail.com with a description of yourself (including fun hobbies) your vision for your dream getaway and a photo of your property.

Adirondack Residents Cards Issued

Update: April 8, 2013 – This BLOG POST WAS POSTED ON APRIL 1, 2013 AS AN APRIL FOOLS JOKE. THIS ARTICLE IS NOT TRUE.

In a bold move the New York State Office of Housing and Residential Development, an off-shoot of the recent expansion of the New York State Office of Development for Homes and Humans and Health announced today that the Adirondacks are closed for repairs. No visitors or vendors will be allowed inside the blue line until further notice until every single road has been fixed. The official date for closing is April 8th to give residents time to apply for residential cards and to stock up on larger supplies that won’t be able to arrive by traditional truck delivery.

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Notices went out to all local businesses to stock up on necessary items for their customers as it was unclear when the roads would re-open to all delivery trucks in the region. NYSOHRD was anticipating all roads would be open by mid-summer in time for the new big Paddling Race that has been the talk at the state capital since it announced as the next must “get” big event in the Adirondacks.

Residents in Raquette Lake were thrilled to learn that the road connecting their community to Blue Mountain and Inlet was finally going to be addressed in light of the swift action taken to repair route 28N connecting Long Lake and Newcomb. Some community members noted they were worried about how they were going to get supplies. One resident asked this reporter, “if vendors can’t get to town, does that mean food delivery trucks? What about my chicken fingers at the Tap Room?”

To expedite the road fixing, the offices of the NYSOHR AND NYSDHH have requested that residents go to their local municipal offices and fill out applications to receive a Adirondack Resident’s card. This card is $45 for adults, $20 for children and free to seniors. This card will enable you to move freely between the blue line and the outside of the area. There will be check points at all entrances to the park. A representative from the NYSDHH who wished to remain anonymous, “If you don’t have a resident’s card, don’t bother coming in. Just turn around, because the Adirondack Park is closed until all the roads are fixed. It is simply a necessity in light of all the properties being purchased by the state. Road access must be made safer and available to everyone.” 


Local town clerks will be issuing the Adirondack Residents Cards.

The only towns that don’t require an Adirondack Residents Cards are Lake Placid and Lake George.