Posts on Nov 2009

Geocaching Mid Winter Event Long Lake

February 27, 2010 will see the forth  annual Long Lake Mid-Winter Geocaching Event.  Not only will the weekend be filled with adventurous folks seeking treasure in the snowy tundra, we will even provide them with enterntainment at night from the AC with a performanced of Steel Magnolia’s at the Town Hall at 7pm, Saturday the 27th.

Book lodging early.  Check # for lodging in Long Lake. 

The Mid-Winter Geocaching Get-Together 2010 will follow the same theme as the previous three years. An event in the middle of the Adirondack Mountains, in the middle of the Winter where geocachers from all over the North East get together to geocacache, visit with geocaching friends, make new friends, share stories, trade geocoins and signature items, and just plain ol’ have fun in the snow. This years event will be the first year the event will be hosted under the BlueLine Geocachers.

Blue Line Geocachers Logo

This is an interim listing, in order to get the information out early enough so those geocachers who wish to come up earlier than the event date can make accomodation arrangements.

The following info will not change:

What: The 4th Annual Mid-Winter Geocaching Get-Together.
When: February 27th, 2010
Where: Long Lake Town Hall / Fire Hall (N 43° 58.352 W 074° 25.215)
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 PM
Lunch: 12:30 PM

Lunch will be catered and more details on this to come.

February can be a month of much snow. If you have snowshoes or cross-country skies – do bring them (Not needed – but will help). Long Lake is also a great place to snowmobile. Many of the caches will be accessible via a snowmobile. If you own a snowmobile, do bring it.

Those of you who have never attended the Mid-Winter event, see the following links for previous events:

Mid-Winter GeoCaching Get-Together 2009
Mid-Winter GeoCaching Get-Together 2008
Mid-Winter GeoCaching Get-Together 2007

As in the past, many geocachers choose to come up on the Friday before the event and some choose to stay until the Sunday after the event. If you are interested in accomodations for the Long Lake Area, please visit this link

As we did for last years event, instead of having a drawing for prizes, we are going to have two contests instead. With three prizes for each contest.

1.) Geocache Container Contest
2.) Geocaching Photo Contest

Submissions for both contests will be accepted until 12:00 noon.

Geocache Container Contest.
Bring a geocache to the event to be judged by the viewing audience (event attendees).

Here are the categories:

– Best Overall
– Most Creative
– Best Craftsmanship

You can enter more than one geocache container. But, you can only enter one geocache container per category.

The cache needs to be constructed in such a way that it could actually be placed as a cache (must be able to stand up to the elements without falling apart or leaking).

It must contain a log book and should be given a cache name (written on the log book).

When you check in and enter your cache container , you will be assigned a number.

This number will be written on the first page of the log.

One voting slip will be handed to each person when they check in.

When you vote, you will use the number on the first page of the log to indicate which cache you are voting for. Write this number next to the category on your slip.

Geocachers can vote on their own containers.

All containers are the sole property of the geocachers who submitted them. Please take them back home with you after the contest unless you want to contribute them to the Blueline Geocachers.

Geocaching Photo Contest.

Each year, the event displays photoboards of photos of geocachers. In the past, we have asked the geocachers to mail us their photos and we displayed them on the board for the event. This year, we are asking the geocachers to bring the photos to the event to be entered into the geocaching photo contest.

Here are the categories:

– Funniest
– ? (to be determined at a later date)
– ? (to be determined at a later date)

You can enter more than one photo, but you can only enter one photo per category.

The photos must be a legitament photo you have taken on the trail during your geocaching adventures.

All photos submitted become property of the Blueline Geocachers for future event boards.

Photos can be printed or processed in any manner you see fit. All photos must be no larger than 4 X 6

When you check in at the start of the event, you will enter your photo then. You will be assigned a number for each photo, for each category you submit too.

Voting slips will be handed to each person/geocacher at the time of check in.

Geocachers can vote on their own photos. Again, this is an interim listing. Many more details to come. Please check back often. As in the past, there will be plenty of geocaches in the area.

Hope to see you here in Long Lake!

Black Friday in the Adirondacks

What to do, the day after turkey?

No matinees nearbys, but bowling and ice skating are offered in Tupper Lake.

Head south on route 28 to Inlet and Route 30 to Indian Lake. Make a short trek to either Hamilton County town for fun, activities and shopping, but make sure you come back to Long Lake for dinner and rest.

An Adirondack Christmas on Main Street
November 27, 28 & 29 in Old Forge & Inlet. Lots of events, activities, free shuttle bus between Inlet and Old Forge. Fun activities for families and shopping.

Indian Lake is host to their own Country Christmas Tour featuring loads of opportunities to fill a shopping cart with treasure and the cultural highlight, check out ‘An Adirondack Christmas Carol” Produced by the Indian Lake Theatre in conjunction with the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (also now known as the AC)

If staying local in Long Lake is your choice, don’t miss Black Friday sale at Hoss’s Country Corner. Participate in draw your own discount, free gift wrapping, daily door prizes, free coffee and cookies.

If staying cozy is what you want, check out the Adirondack Museum Store. A great variety of gifts, jewelry, ornaments, books, mugs, posters, calendars, furniture.. too many fun itmes to list and shop from the comfort of your home.

How to Survive Thanksgiving in LL

Whether you are a resident, visitor, fan, Canton, Clarkson, Potsdam, Paul Smiths or SLU student driving through or arriving in LL by accident on Thanksgiving day you have options.  Check out the area restaurants and see what they have to offer.  Gas up at our two area filling stations, grab a cup of joe and listen to the locals predict the weather or comiserate about the reasons not to eat turkey.  Long Lake, centrally located, is always a memorable experience.  Its charm,location and the Lake itself wins the hearts and minds of most that venture here.  We’re prepping for the cold, and laughing with our friends and families.  Come join us.  Gobble gobble


Plane Crash Near Long Lake

NEWCOMB — Two Malone-area men were killed when the Piper Cherokee they were flying crashed Sunday in rough terrain about eight miles south of Lake Placid.

Pilot Daniel R. Wills, 48, of North Bangor, a certified-flight instructor and member of the local band Slab City, and his passenger, Ronald E. Rouselle, 66, of Bombay, died on impact, said friends and fellow pilots who had spoken with State Police investigators and U.S. Border Protection and Customs agents.

The men had gone missing Sunday night, but the plane’s emergency-locator transmitter never sent out a signal for authorities to trace.

That will be among the questions investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will answer as they conduct a mandatory post-crash probe.

An exhaustive search for the plane was conducted Monday and into the early morning hours Tuesday, with the crash site on Santanoni Mountain finally located by State Police about 8:35 a.m. Tuesday.

The men had left Saratoga at 4:25 p.m. Sunday and were last seen on radar by Albany Airport officials at 4:54 p.m., flying at 4,200 feet, heading toward terrain of 4,600 feet near the Tahawus mining area.

“The problem is, with that area, there is a valley on the right and the mountains on the left,” said Jeff Kearney, a pilot and family friend. “It’s not unusual for the airport to lose radio contact over the mountains when they are flying at that altitude anyway.”

He said the mountain elevations change from 5,344 feet to 4,641 feet in that region near North Creek, North River, Wevertown and Bakers Mills.

No one was at the small Malone Dufort Airport on Sunday night to know that Wills had not arrived. He was the person at the airport who normally would have reported any delay in the expected arrival of a plane.

No one knew anything was wrong until Monday, when pilots and people in training were arriving at the Malone airport for their scheduled appointments with Wills, who had logged at least 15,000 hours in the air during his 20 years of flying. Wills did not show up, and his car and Rouselle’s were in the airport parking lot.

“It’s not like Dan to miss appointments,” Kearney said. “Dan was not answering his cell phone, and we couldn’t find him. About 3 o’clock, my wife (Jennifer) called the State Police.”

Investigators went to Wills’s home and checked on Rouselle’s house, as well, and when they couldn’t find either man, investigators canvassed airports in the region for information.

After learning what they could from the Albany Airport, State Police sent up their helicopter about 8 p.m. Monday and were joined by a Border Patrol plane.

Border Patrol was flying at 8,000 feet, and State Police were about 3,000 feet below them.

“The Border Patrol stayed in the air as long as they could until 2 a.m. (Tuesday); then they had to come down,” Kearney said. “They said they were going back at dawn.

“By that time, a lot of the pilots were gathering here and were going to go up at 8 a.m. to help in the search. The State Police asked them to wait until about 8 so they wouldn’t clutter the air.

“Just about as they were ready to go, we got the call at 8:30, saying they found the wreckage. The Forest Rangers rappelled down, checked the wreckage and said there were no survivors.”

Wills, who was single and survived by his parents and a brother, was certified by the FAA to qualify pilots-in-training for their licenses and was in the Capital Region to give pilots their final oral test and in-flight check test before they would be cleared to fly on their own.

Wills was supposed to be there on Saturday, but bad weather postponed the trip to Sunday, Kearney said.

Rouselle is a retired Alcoa employee who was not a pilot but was about to begin lessons with Wills. He owned a Cessna 140 Tail Dragger and apparently had gone along for the ride when Wills had to go to Albany.

Among his survivors are his wife, Peggy, of Westville; two daughters and their husbands, Lynn and Bill Jock of Chazy and Elisa and Charles LaFountain of Tennessee; and two grandchildren, Cassie and Derek Jock of Chazy.

Kearney said the Piper Cherokee Low Wing “was the best plane in Dan’s fleet” and that the engine was mechanically sound and almost new, which is why no one can understand why the emergency beacon did not work.

What’s even more incredible to him is that Wills routinely practiced emergency-landing procedures to make sure trainees at the controls could handle the situation.

Kearney’s 19-year-old daughter, Katelynn, said she was tested that way just last week.

“He was a very good instructor and always practiced emergencies with everybody,” she said. “We went up, and at 3,000 feet above the airport, he shut the power off.

“If you’re going to crash, Dan is the guy you want to crash with.”

Jennifer Kearney, Jeff’s wife, was answering the dozens of telephone calls at the pilot’s lounge at the airport Tuesday morning, fielding questions from airport users, plane owners and friends who wanted to learn more about what happened.

Mrs. Kearney was also the one who, between bouts of crying, had to call the people in Wills’s appointment book to tell them why their date with him would not be kept.

“Every Border Patrol guy I spoke with had either taken lessons from him or flown with him,” she said. “He was like a parent to everyone who took lessons from him.

“If you asked 1,000 of his friends, that would still be a small number of the people who loved him. Everybody loved him.

“He had fun with everything he did, and that included the band,” she said, where Wills did some of the singing and played the bass, piano and more.

“He was entertaining even when he didn’t have an instrument in his hand,” she said as she laughed and brushed away tears.

“He was just one of those people who will never die.”

E-mail Denise A. Raymo at:


John Collins Former LLCS Teacher Honored

On, November 14, 2009 John Collins was awarded the honorable achievement, the Howard Zahniser Award by the organization, Protect the Adirondacks. He received this award for his efforts, courage, education and passion to protect the Adirondack Park & Catskill Park. I was asked to write something about his time teaching at Long Lake Central School and I thank all of you who generously shared some very funny memories and the following is a compilation of insights many friends shared, so I thank you. FYI Howard Zahniser was the author of the federal Wilderness Act of 1964. I was honored to be asked to write something for the program because Mr. C was a very important influence on my own personal history and on so many others who contributed to this compilation.

The following appeared in the program…
He made an indelible impression on the students passing through his classroom. He expected participation, and was often met with resistance, but he never gave up. He went out of his way to encourage those who didn’t embrace traditional modes of learning for hard labor, hammering nails, reading, physical exertion, or memorizing poetry.

He wore the part well, with a macramé belt, short sleeve print shirt and a cotton tie with a flat end, and he was often heard muttering, “don’t touch my tie.” He made us memorize “El Dorado,” “The Road Not Taken,” and all of the state capitals.

Mr. Collins exposed students to culture through senior trips to Paris and London. He advised the Student Council and National Honor Society. He introduced students to Albany through the Student Senate Policy forum. He stashed cookies in his desk drawer, and pretended not to notice when cookie crumbs trickled down the face of guilty students. His demonstrated finesse by teaching politeness, differentiating between the words “can and may” “Can I go to the bathroom?” “I don’t know, can you?”

He initiated our first relationship with the great outdoors by exposing students to their own backyard, the Adirondacks. There were the mandatory hikes with sixth grade teacher and partner-in-crime, Gary Baker. Yearly trips up Chimney Mountain to explore caves, steep terrain up to Blue Mountain, pushing students up Mt. Marcy, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing into Sargeant’s Ponds and the ultimate rite of passage: the fifth grade overnight. Destinations varied year to year… Kelly’s Point or Marcy Dam.

Mr. Collins, or Mr. C as he was affectionately known, encouraged kids who had never been into the wild to appreciate the natural experience. Rain or shine there were hikes. He tolerated whining, scraped knees, mud, inappropriate shoes, and general disinterest, able to turn apathy into curiosity. His infamous side trips often questioned by inquisitive young minds asking, “are we lost?” His confident response as branches hit his torso and neck, “we’re bushwhacking!” Relief etched on his face as soon as the lean-to appeared. He and wife Ellen always packed their tent to maintain peace and privacy. From his tent he would occasionally beckon “go to bed!” while students giggled and flicked flashlights on and off, amazed how quiet the woods actually were.

His laugh, his floppy hair, his passion and competitive game of kickball carried us through and made our brains work, for that we forgive his impatience and thank him for instilling us with fever for knowledge and an appreciation for what we may have ignored had he not been there to open the door.

Added 2017.
John Collins died on June 16, 2017. Today, June 24, 2017, an abundance of family, and friends gathered in Blue Mountain Lake and Long Lake to celebrate his exuberant life and the gifts he shared with so many. As his grandson said so eloquently today, “even the lake looks sad” It’s a quieter day in the Adirondacks.

Thank you Mr. C.

A collective history was compiled by the alumni of Long Lake Central School through Facebook. Memories from: Roberta Sutton McKinney, Jan Hunt, Maureen Rayome Turcotte, Scott Wight, Lynn Wight Stonier, Seth Baker, Melanie Boudreau Marcone, Michael Marcone and Alexandra Roalsvig.

Christmas Lights Go Green in Long Lake

In an effort to brighten the town, we are adding additional lights, and certainly encourage the members of the community to brighten up their homes and facades with holiday cheer, and to consider incorporation of energy conservative LED lights in holiday lighting plans. LED lights use less energy and in these times of budget crunching and awareness of our carbon footprint the Town of Long Lake has invested in LED white lights to compliment our traditional holiday decorating extravaganza planned for the town ball field. With great hope we anticipate lighting up the field and to broaden our area of cheer throughout the community. If anyone is interested in volunteering to help implement our decorations and to incorporate a theme, please contact Parks and Rec at 624-3077.

Town Board Passes Budget for 2010

Last night a noticeably small audience gathered at the Long Lake Town Board Meeting and Continuation of the Public Hearing for Long Lake Water District #1.

The Town Board also approved the purchase of a new groomer for the 2010 snowmobile season, a front loader and approved to move forward on the State mandated SEQR to look into the purchase of property on Tarbell Hill Road from the Nature Conservancy to utilize for our water project and recreational land use.

Once discussion concluded the board voted unanimously to pass the 2010 Budget.

Long Lake continues to embrace growth as a tourist driven economy. The go ahead was made to include the new web design of # in the 2010 budget. Also included was support for two new shoulder season events, Adirondack Quilt Camp, a week of quilting workshops at the Long Lake Central School for an admission price of $230.00. Also planned will be “An Adirondack Affair” – a weekend with soap opera stars and special panel discussions about the state of soap operas today with directors, producers, writers and actors.

Also slated for 2010, the return of the Bed Races, Labor Day Weekend BBQ and cookout, continued partnership with Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts and more Teen Center & Beach Programming, focusing on the youth of the community.

Next town board meeting is in Raquette Lake on Tuesday, November 24th at 7:30pm. Come out and have your voice heard, YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Hunters Dinner to Benefit Teen Center, Nutrition Site & Ham Radio Club

The Town of Long Lake in conjunction with student volunteers from Long Lake Central School and chef Jim Piraino will be serving up a delicious Roast Pork Dinner on Saturday, November 13th at the Long Lake Town Hall on Route 30 at 5pm. Meals are $7.50 and Kids under 5 are Free.

Traditionally Hunter’s Dinners had been hosted in years past to welcome visitors to our towns, to provide an affordable hot meal and a place to share nostalgic stories.

The Hunters Dinner aims to rekindle evocative tales about the buck, the moose, the wild boar and the snipe all hunted through the back country of the Adirondacks.

Serving dinner will provide an opportunity for fund raising for the kids of Long Lake, expand our new and growing Ham Radio Club and to help off-set the costs of new pots and pans for the Nutrition Site at the Town Hall which serves up hot meals daily to our senior population.

Long Lake’s Wish List

Craig Inspects  A Rotten BoardLong Lake’s Wish List

New Hockey Boards $14,000

Did I say new hockey boards for the Geiger Arena? Check out the photos!

HELP US! We’re a little town and we can’t do it alone! If you or someone in your community can donate a set of used boards we’ll TAKE IT!
Fix Me I'm Rotten We Can Do Better than This! We want people to skate at our FREE RINK with our FREE SKATES, sharpened with a gift by Michelle Helms and Akuna Matada – Thanks Michelle!
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Snowmobile Safety

Long Lake and Raquette Lake Snowmobile Map

Vintage Racing Long Lake

Sledding on Jennings Park Pond Long Lake

With winter comes recreational opportunities Long Lake continues to embrace. We are moving forward and building up our economic strength with our infusion into our snowmobile program including the purchase of a new groomer slated for 2010 if it has board approval.

In addition to continuing to maintain our trails we need to continue to lobby to get our snowmobile trails OFF THE LAKES. This is not a convenience issue, it is a life or death issue.

Each year we invite visitors to sled on our trails and we are encouraged to promote tourism of snowmobiling, but due to regulations and land use limitations we are unable to get these important snowmobile trails off our lakes.

Locally in our town there are those of us who have been personally touched by tragedy and the loss of someone on a lake, whether a friend, a neighbor, a family member, or a rescue worker who has worked tirelessly to bring these victims to safety.

We must, as a community accept that snowmobiling is part of our economy, but we need to examine our responsibility as a community and continue to pursue our lawmakers and implore them to get our trails off the lakes. Not only would we be safer, we would finally be opening up promised corridors that would broaden our economic efforts to build winter tourism traffic and inject our local businesses with the much needed jolt and support it needs.

We have fourteen weekends of snowmobile traffic which is 28 days of commerce, but families won’t come here with their young children and put them at risk to sled on a lake.

Please consider writing the following people to lobby for our trails:

Trails in Long Lake and Raquette Lake are:

Please implore the DEC to open up Sargeants Pond Snowmobile trails to connect Raquette and Long Lake. Get the sleds off of our lakes! Save lives!

Betsy Lowe
Region 5 Director
Ray Brook Headquarters – DEC
P.O. Box 296
1115 State Route 86
Ray Brook, NY 12977-0296

Senator Betty Little
45th Senate District
Albany Office
506 Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2811

Senator Betty Little
45th Senate District
District Office
5 Warren Street
Suite 3
Glens Falls, NY 12801
Phone: (518) 743-0968

Senator Betty Little
45th Senate District
Plattsburgh Office
137 Margaret Street, Suite 100
Plattsburgh, New York 12901
Phone: (518) 561-2430

Teresa R. Sayward
113th Assembly District
7559 Court St. Rm. 203
PO Box 217
Elizabethtown, NY 12932

Teresa R. Sayward
140 Glen Street
Glens Falls, NY 12801

Teresa R. Sayward
LOB 940
Albany, NY 12248
To Write To The Governor:
David A. Paterson
State Capitol
Albany, NY 12224

To contact New York Senators in Washington

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