Posts on Oct 2013

Fall Photo Contest Winners Announced Long Lake

The Town of Long Lake Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department announced the winners of the first Long Lake Fall Photo Contest at the Adirondack Hotel on Friday, October 25th at an artist’s reception. Volunteer judges for the competition were Johnathan Esper, Jim Swedberg and Clark Seaman. Forty-two photographers submitted 106 images in the Wildlife, Landscape and Black and White categories.

McCann Stillness #2 Raquette Lake

Carolynn McCann of Old Forge took top honors for her black and white photo, Stillness #2, which also took highest score the entire competition.

Black and White

1st Carolynn McCann Stillness #2, Raquette Lake (Best in Show)
2nd Daisy Fast – Black and White “Peaceful”
3rd. Frank Pine – Shed Window


1st George Cigale – Bald Fall Colors
2nd Bill Herrick – Barred Owl
3rd Colleen Smith – Spring Goose


1st Christopher Dunn – Big Island Autumn Morning
2nd Sherrill Barlow – Fall at the Falls, Death Brook Falls
3rd Harrison Potter – Blue Light, Brandreth Park, Long Lake


George Cigale of Long Lake won first in the Wildlife category with a striking photo of a bald eagle in flight titled, “Bald Fall Colors.”


Christopher Dunn of New Windsor, NY won first in Landscape with his photo taken in Raquette Lake titled, Big Island, Autumn Morning.

Photographers were asked to submit photos from the Long Lake and Raquette Lake.

All the photos can be seen in a compilation video on the Long Lake youtube channel found at

Tony Jenkins Jazz Trip to Play Long Lake Columbus Day Weekend

Celebrate Columbus Day weekend in a cabaret style setting and revel in the dulcet jazz of the talented group, The Tony Jenkins Jazz Trip. This concert will be presented free of charge by the Town of Long Lake at the Long Lake Town Hall on October 12th at 7pm. The Tony Jenkins Jazz Trip has played Adirondack jazz circuit extensively, fans have seen them play in Glens Falls, Lake George and nearby in North Creek. The Tony Jenkins Jazz Trip last played Long Lake in 2009 and we are looking forward to their return!

The band consists of Anthony Jenkins, Frank Conti, Greg Brown and Ted MacKenzie. Anthony Jenkins held his first guitar at the age of 13. It was an instant and magical connection which would result in a lifelong love of playing and writing music. A self-taught musician who grew up in Newark, NJ. In 1997, Anthony moved to Glens Falls, NY and set a goal to venture forward with his true passion, jazz, and worked diligently to form his current band, The Tony Jenkins Jazz Trip. The group performs original compositions and favorite jazz standards.

Frank Conti, saxophone and flute, is originally from western New York. He received music degrees from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music in Virginia and Fredonia State University. He was a member of the US Army Band during the Vietnam era. In 2002, he retired as band director at Johnsburg Central School.

Greg Brown, bass, was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. In 1975 he studied the bass with the Jazz Mobile workshop in NYC. That same year he went on to tour with the Flamingo’s. In 1978 he toured with Dollar Brand in Europe, Africa, and Japan. In 1984 he moved to the North Country where he is currently performing with Ray Alexander at the Sagamore Hotel and the Tony Jenkins Jazz Trip.

Ted MacKenzie, drums, was born in South “Philly”, Pa. He is a third generation drummer named after his grandfather from the Highlands of Scotland. After attending Berklee College of Music, Ted became a full time drum instructor and studied in NYC with Sonny Igoe, Henry Adler and Jim Chapin.

Be sure to check out this talented group of musicians on October 12th at the Long Lake Town Hall and enjoy a selection of desserts at this cabaret style concert. Make a day of it and stop by the Long Lake Harvest Craft Fair from 10am-3pm, also at the Long Lake Town Hall or take advantage of a hike with Certified Guide Spencer Morrissey. For more information on all Columbus Day Weekend events, call 518-624-3077.

Essex Chain of Lakes Now Open to Public Adirondacks


Governor Cuomo has announced that the Essex Chain of Lakes is now open to the public for the first time in 100 years. That’s the headline.

For those of us in the Five Towns of Newcomb, Indian Lake, North Hudson, Minerva and Long Lake, we say… WELCOME! Come on in and we’re glad you’re here and let us tell you how to get there from here.

From Long Lake – travel east on 28N to Newcomb, NY for approx 13 miles. Make a right on Pine Tree Road and then another right onto Goodnow Flow Road. Travel on Goodnow Flow Road approx 7 miles. Keep your eyes peeled for official DEC signage and kiosks to direct you to access and parking. It will be like the Robert Frost poem where you see two roads diverged in a woods… Do you want to go to the Hudson? Or do you want to hit up Deer Pond and do some paddling? Choose your own adventure.


Approximately 11,600 acres of lands and waters on the Essex Chain Lakes tract in the center of the Adirondacks is now open to the public for outdoor recreation. Under an interim plan administered by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the public can access these lands beginning today, October 1.

The interim plan administered by DEC allows the public to access these lands prior to the final classification of the lands and completion of a unit management plan (UMP).


This is what is permitted on these lands starting Oct 1, 2013.
Hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and horse trail riding on the many miles of former woods roads; hunting, trapping and bushwhacking on the surrounding lands; and fishing and paddling on the Essex Chain Lakes and other waters on the tract.

Paddling Access Info

Motor vehicle access is open on the Woody’s Road/Cornell Road on the adjacent conservation easement lands and on the Boots to Cornell Road on the forest preserve lands. A parking area at the location allows access to Deer Pond.

Paddlers are able to portage their canoes and kayaks about a quarter mile from the parking lot to Deer Pond. They can then paddle across Deer Pond to the landing for a half-mile portage to a put-in site on Third Lake. Paddlers can travel by water to explore First, Second, Fourth, Fifth and Seventh Lakes of the Essex Chain.

The public may only access the lands for day-use activities under the interim plan; overnight camping is prohibited at this time. Public motorized watercraft and floatplanes will not be permitted on any waterbody during the interim period.

Signs will direct the public to the open roads and parking areas, and gates have been installed on side roads to direct public motor vehicles to the Essex Chain Lakes tract and prevent trespass onto adjacent easement land. In addition, kiosks will provide maps, area regulations and information about the leaseholders’ privileges.

Leaseholder Info:
While the leaseholders on these lands no longer have exclusive use on the newly opened lands, they will retain leased rights that permit motorized access that is not available to the public. In addition, they will still have one-acre exclusive-use envelopes around their camp buildings. Leaseholders also continue to have motorized access to and from the leased camps, including snowmobiles in the winter, ATVs during mud season, and cars and trucks for the remainder of the year. ATV use by leaseholders will also be allowed on designated access roads during hunting season. Please respect leaseholder privacy.

Furthermore, leaseholders will be allowed to use boat motors of 10 horsepower or less on the Essex Chain Lakes 2nd through 6th, Jackson Pond and the Blackwell Stillwater section of the Hudson River from ice-out through June 30 and from October 1 through the end of big game rifle season. They will also be allowed to use electric motors on those waters between June 30 and October 1.

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