Posts on Dec 2012

Long Lake Participates in Hamlets 3

Please Complete This Community Survey

Long Lake will be a participant in a cooperative community planning project called Hamlets III involving Blue Mountain Lake and Indian Lake. A professional planning firm that includes Bill Johnston, former Essex County Planner, Roger Trancek of Cornell University, and other NYS community planners will be looking at survey results, visiting communities and talking to individuals, elected officials and organizations before formulating a plan to move development of the hamlets forward. Hamlets III has received grant funding, so there is also some implementation money available if communities agree on priority projects.

Please complete the enclosed survey within the next week, either by returning a hard copy to _Alexandra Roalsvig, Town of Long Lake, PO Box 496, Long Lake, NY 12847 or by going online to http://surveymonkey.com/s/communityvisionsurvey so that we may schedule a community meeting to discuss the results and outline a vision for Long Lake that will the Hamlets III planning process.

Thank you!

Wireless Broadband Heading to Long Lake

On December 19, 2012, it was announced by the New York State Regional Economic Development Office that the North Country Region was one of the top performers competing across New York State for several large scale financial awards to complete some vital economic expansion projects. A total of $738 million in awards were announced Wednesday. The regional councils were established in 2011 as a way to reinvigorate the state’s approach to economic development grants. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a press release that prior, top-down economic development policies didn’t work.

Long Lake will reap a gain from Wednesday’s announcement. SLIC Network Solutions, from Potsdam NY, was awarded $1.37 million to install the “final mile” of broadband in Long Lake and surrounding areas. This project will expand broadband access in the Adirondacks. Planners and engineers are in the process of acquiring permits to complete the project and they are hopeful to see movement in 2013. Phil Washgal, President of SLIC reports: “we are in the process now of working on the engineering and the permitting and we are still shoot to provide service for the next common ground alliance meeting so that we can do a video conference.”

I moved back to Long Lake, NY after living in the New York City suburb of Cranford, NJ for several years. While living in New Jersey I enjoyed the indulgent pleasures of gasoline pumped by an attendant, curbside garbage pick up (for added fee and stereotypical warfare between two hauling companies), home mail delivery, a buffet of cell phone service and the dueling availability of Comcast High Speed Internet or Verizon Fios.

In making the decision to move to Long Lake I knew there would be sacrifices of convenience. We’d have longer distances for grocery shopping, eye doctors, orthodontists, dentists, hospital care. Our family was willing to make lifestyle accommodations to gain the benefit of living in a remote and beautiful location where the kids would have a small school, safe community and we’d be surrounded by family. But there was one thing that was required before the big move. Access to the web.

In Long Lake we only have one option when it comes to internet. Ok – two if you really can deal with dial-up or three, if you want to pay for a satellite uplink. So before the movers even arrived with the boxes, I called Frontier Communications to make sure the internet was set up before I nestled in for my first night. And as much as I love the lake, mountains, woods and the lack of vehicular traffic, I also rely on the internet to do my job and stay in touch with the outside world. Availability of internet service was mandatory when my husband and I were making the decision to uproot our lives and move to the Adirondacks, miles from the nearest city. So hooked up we were. We left the world of Comcast behind and entered the great unknown to us, the world of DSL.

As it stands now internet the average download speed in Long Lake is 76% slower than the United States with an average speed in the US registering at 11.7Mbps and in Long Lake it’s 3.04Mbps. The current upload speed in Long Lake is 0.20Mbps, 87% slower than the US average of 2.4Mbps. Speeds were tested using Speedtest.net and testmy.net. The warning at the bottom of the computer screen has a big yellow exclamation point flashing, “YOU MIGHT HAVE A PROBLEM.” For those lucky enough to live within one or two miles of the hub, Frontier Communications is now upgrading their speeds and consumers may be able to have 6Mbps download speed.

So the tests show it’s slow for a regular consumer like my family, but somehow my kids are playing games on line, we’re using Netflix and on busy summer days it seemed like a cacophony of summer friends stop by to use the web portal to check on their real lives. So if it could handle that, what’s the problem?

Ask the guy living year-round in Long Lake, more than two miles from the Frontier Communications portal, who relies on internet to do his work. He has a job with Hewlett-Packard. His download speed works well enough, but his challenge, the upload. This fall I ran into him and he reported he had cut firewood, painted his living room and climbed Coney Mountain while his files uploaded to his office base in Nashville. He wasn’t overly stressed when he mentioned it took eight hours to upload the files. It was the weekend and he didn’t mind because it would be there by Monday. He had gotten used to it, having made his living off and on in the Long Lake area for over 12 years by working from home. He plans his time wisely to cope with his limited upload speed. He perks up when asked if he’d sit on a local group to identify ways broadband could improve the quality of life in the central Adirondacks. He heartily agreed and said that an increase in his upload speed could impact him directly and he could stay home longer and travel less.

I learned about upload speeds all on my own when a good friend was about to undergo a liver transplant and I was on tap to upload a five minute inspirational “We hope you don’t die before you see this video” a few hours before his surgery. Reality was, it took so long to upload, he was actually out of surgery by the time it finished uploading. Luckily he survived and managed to see it, but lesson learned, don’t wait until the last minute to upload your big files. That goes for graphic heavy files if you are working in print media, uploading mega database files, or anything for that matter. When we send our emails we count megabytes. It’s like a throttled twitter feed, only worse and it’s an everyday limitation. There could be smoke coming out of that modem box if you think you’re attaching the family wedding album or sharing files with a co-worker half a world away. Sharing software ala dropbox and yousendit are options, but allow enough hours in the day and find other things to do while you download or upload those files.

Doing business up in the Adirondacks can be done and we have a slower approach to life so we’ve learned to cope. It’s actually got it’s own moniker, “HamCo Time.” It would be more convenient if there was a bigger “buffet” of internet access with redundancy (meaning if the internet goes out, you can get it via another path.) That would have helped in October when the internet was down for a day over the entire region because of a car crash in Gloversville.

Not everyone interested in relocating to the area is waiting for fiber. Some recent transplants to Long Lake are business owners and entrepreneurs who were able to move to Long Lake because of the availability of cell phone service via AT&T.

So the big dream is coming. Competition! When SLIC arrives and sets up their fiber network coupled with wireless portals, two hotspots and wifi options to homes that can’t be connected via fiber the big question remains, what will that mean for every day consumers and their “regular life?” It means improved quality of life. In regular life terms, it means business owners have options. Businesses can upload data and mega files and access goto meetings. It means updating a graphic heavy website, email, calendars, instant messenger, and collaboration tools. Residential consumers can stream movies, skype, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Stumbleupon, local news, national news, news of the world, streaming Netflix, Hulu, Skype, shopping, research and Minecraft for the kids. It can be wasting time or productive time, it’s the viral world unleashed.

Don’t get me wrong, we’re grateful to have the internet we have, but turns out we will have choice and better service for our dollars. It means more economic opportunity. There will be jobs available for at home workers who can work at night after the kids are tucked into bed. College kids might actually stay or even move home if they can stay connected to the outside world at a competitive speed. Small rural businesses can expand their business opportunities. Travelers and second homeowners could extend their stays because they could do some work from their vacation spot. Broadband and a working cell phone tower? In the middle of the Adirondacks? What would the bears think? Could we finally be as advanced as rural Canada who has already made the commitment to have broadband or fiber internet available to everyone in the country by 2015?

Broadband Funds Awarded to SLIC. Final Miles for Long Lake!

The Regional Economic Development Awards were announced in Albany on Wednesday, December 19, 2012. The North Country region, which includes Hamilton County and Long Lake, was named a “Top Performer” and was awarded $90.2 million at the REDC awards ceremony.

Here are a list of projects that will directly impact businesses locally.
 
$1.37 million to enable SLIC Network Solutions to install broadband in Long Lake and surrounding area. This project supports aim of expanded broadband access in the Adirondacks.

$1.7 million to enhance broadband connectivity in Hamilton County. This Phase II support for the development of middle and last mile fiber in Hamilton County, which supports a key regional aim of bringing broadband a

$1 million for the Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks to construct an elevated walkway with interactive exhibits as a major added attraction at the Wild Center to support tourism development in the region.

$2.5 million for the creation of a Community Transformation Tourism Fund. This new fund administered by the Adirondack Economic Development Council will establish a specialized loan fund for tourism-related ventures, which supports the need to foster tourism development across the North Country.

$108,000 to the Adirondack Association of Towns Villages to create an Adirondack Park Recreation Web Portal designed to create, market, and sustain a web portal and database for tourism and recreation-related amenities and activities within the Adirondack Park. This involves all three regions which cover parts of the Adirondack Park and is therefore an example of a multi-regional project, including the North Country, Capital, and Mohawk Valley regions.

Business owners should pay close attention to the Community Transformation Tourism Fund, there will be many new opportunities for entrepreneurs to start dreaming and implementing!

Congratulations, now get back to work!
A list of projects will be available on the website, www.northcountryopenforbusiness.com, around 5pm today.

ADK Trading Post

The Adk Trading Post is a gift store, cheese shop, exotic grocery shop (for Long Lake) There are great gifts, from jewelry, books, camping supplies, fishing lures, wine glasses, camp finds, treasures, toys for the kids. Groceries including milk, butter, and delicious treats from Oscars in Warrensburg and Nettle Meadow Farm – also a local farm in the area. Stop by and find out for yourself or order on line at www.adktradingpost.com

Join Wholeshare. A farm to table online buying opportunity now available through the Adk Trading Post. Deliver is on Thursdays. No membership fee.

This winter they have a collection of Madshus X-C skies to rent or for sale. They are located right at the Lake Eaton loop, a groomed snowmobile trail, shared by x-c skiers.

And conveniently enough it’s located adjacent to the Liquor Store and the Laundromat in town.

New Snowmobile Trail to Open Soon!

The Department of Environmental Conservation and the Adirondack Park Agency are collaborating with local municipalities and snowmobile clubs to build a major new community connector snowmobile trail connecting Raquette Lake and Inlet to the Moose River Plains. The twelve mile trail project is slated to wrap up at the end of December with anticipation to have it open for the 2013 snowmobile season.

This is the first such community connector snowmobile trail to be built as part of a continuing effort to promote snowmobiling in the Adirondacks. Snowmobiling is a vital economic driver for tourism during the slow winter months and delivers a positive economic impact of $245 million annually to the Adirondack region. That’s 28% of the total economic benefit in the entire New York State Snowmobiling economy.

Data collected from NYSSA economic assessment of snowmobiling on the NYS economy. For more information click here: Snowmobiling NYS Blog

With the looming opening of the trail, the possibilities for new trips and loops between Long Lake, Inlet, Indian Lake and Newcomb expand, but it can’t happen unless the twelve miles of new trail is groomed and groomed well. Leaders of the involved municipalities met this week to discuss the options and have made the commitment to make this trail a huge success and they can’t wait for the snow to fly. Local leaders look forward to showcase their ability to maintain and helm a project that is valued by the public and respectful of the environment.

Everyone at the table has a stake in the success of this trail. Bill Farber, Hamilton County Supervisor, has touted the need to make this trail a huge success to benefit all of the involved communities. Both the Town of Long Lake and Inlet acknowledged the need to make outstanding effort at stewardship of the trails to meet the strict criteria of grooming and trail maintenance as set forth by the requirements of the DEC and the APA.

The progress on this trail has been a long road of hard work and collaboration of the DEC, the APA and with the support of the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the New York State Snowmobile Association and local clubs including the Inlet Barnstormer’s and the Long Lake Moonlighter’s Club. Travelers on the route 28 corridor between Raquette Lake and Inlet have seen DEC vehicles parked along the road all fall as workers tackled an incredibly ambitious project. Entry points for the construction have included both the 7th Lake Boat Launch and the 8th Lake Campground.

Maps are not available yet, and the DEC trail crews will continue to work through the end of December to get the trail open. The trail has the character of a foot path, so some corners will be tight due to geographic impediments, including unmovable boulders, and aging trees. The DEC has made a vigilant assessment of all the engineering specs to make the trail safe and passable, while meeting the strict standards as expected with a trail of this magnitude. This trail will be outside of the permitted system in Old Forge and Inlet, and this trail will NOT require a permit. All riders need to be registered with the NYS department of motor vehicles and we encourage everyone to register their sleds in Hamilton County so we gain the revenue to keep grooming the trails. Click here to join the Moonlighters.

Riders will need to use caution until the trail receives a heavy snow pack.

An announcement about the trail opening will be made soon.

Now all we need is snow.

Long Lake Gears up for Cold Weather Fun

The Town of Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department announces a vibrant winter season filled with events aimed to please the entire family.

Say goodbye to all the Mayan Prophecies with the season kick off on December 29th, 2012. Yes, if the world doesn’t actually end, we’ll still be here and we’re having a Polar Bear Plunge to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Join the wild, adventurous, and hearty Long Lake Fire Department, Long Lake Rescue Squad and volunteer teams for a brand new event to finish off 2012! Plungers are invited to take pledges and raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. Everyone over age 18 can participate, but you have to fill out forms and sign up by contacting 518-624-3077 for more information. It will be a crazy event, so get in on the first year so 20 years when you’re in your rocking chair you can tell all the grandkids… “I was at the very first one!” All plungers will have their blood pressure tested before the event to ensure the safety of all, but the plungers are going in at their own risk! See if they have enough guts to withstand the frosty cold icy waters of Long Lake! Don’t want to plunge, we need cheerleaders so come on down! You won’t believe what you see!


Ring in the New Year in Long Lake. The Long Lake Little Bus provides free transportation to all ages starting at 5pm. Kids ages 10 and up can go the the Geiger Arena for a Pizza, and Skating party. Adults can enjoy a leisurely meal out at the Cellar Restaurant and Pub 518.624.5539, the Adirondack Hotel 518.624.4700 or the Long Lake Diner/Owl’s Head Pub call ahead 518.624.3941. Locals say, be spontaneous and have your very own family reunion and ring in 2013 with a winter backdrop! Celebrating in Long Lake is memorable, and filled with great ways to dance your socks off!

Other events slated for 2013, Ice Fest returns on January 11th and 12th! On-lookers will enjoy hot toddy’s, ice installations and silly games at each location! Sponsored by the Town of Long Lake and local businesses.

Did someone say BACON? Ladies get ready for the Annual Ladies Frying Pan Toss at the Long Lake Winter Carnival on Saturday, January 19th. You have no excuse not to put that sled, snowmobile or all the winter gear on the trailer and come on up for one of the most fun events of the season. Get to know Long Lake and feel like a local! We promise, we’re nice! Broomball, Snowmobile Parade, Cardboard Sledding Box Race, Free ice skating all day, Fireworks! Long Lake is an escape from the noise and drudgery of the real world and we know because we live here! Once you experience the Winter Carnival you’ll be making it the family tradition for years to come, you’ll probably be looking at real estate before you’re done.

The Long Lake Little Bus rolls ALL DAY, starting at noon. That means FREE TRANSPORTATION. Leave the car at home, we’ll drive for you! Book your room today! Lodgings from The Shamrock Motel 518.624.3861, The Adirondack Hotel, 518.624.4700 Akuna Matada, 518.624.6430, Brook Camp 518.624.4234, Lake Side Cottage 518.624.9806 and the Corner Motel 518.624.3571 are adding extra blankets getting ready to welcome you for your long weekend stay! X-C skiers, snowmobiliers, birders, extreme recreational hiking enthusiasts, take a break and come to Mt. Sabattis!

You forgot something? Don’t worry, we have stores, really we do! Take the Little Bus out on the town and visit our array of stores to buy some new socks, Moonshine, a souvenir or a make a pit stop at one of our eateries to warm up with a cup of soup or hot chocolate if ya need it! (shhh… its a secret!) But we promise, you won’t forget the fun you had in a remarkable Winter Wonder Land. You don’t have to leave Mt. Sabattis (if you don’t want to miss anything) because the Long Lake Fire Department serves up hot, delicious yummy treats all day. Fireworks at 6:30pm and then it’s time to hit the town for a meal and a safe ride home! Bring the whole family!

Kick off of the Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit. If ya race your Cardboard Box this winter season in Long Lake, Indian Lake, Inlet and Old Forge – you get something special (ok we’re still working on what that is, but participant is eligible for a super cool trophy – so call us and we’ll tell you all about it!)

So many events to post, you’ll have to check back in and find out more!

Stay tuned for more announcements!

Long Lake