Posts on May 2015

Memorial Day Speaker Announced

The Long Lake American Legion Post #650 announces the Memorial Day Events for Monday, May 25, 2015.

The American Legion will at march starting at 8:30am down from the Long Lake Town Hall to the to the Long Lake Town Bridge, back to the World War Two Monument and the Town Hall. At approximately 9am the Legion will march with the Long Lake Central School band and the Long Lake Fire Department and Rescue Squad to the Long Lake Cemetery for the Memorial Day ceremony with guest speaker Colonel Elizabeth Ryan Griffin.


Colonel Elizabeth Ryan Griffin is a native of Rochester, New York. She graduated from American University in 1992 with a baccalaureate degree in English and certification in Secondary Education. Colonel Griffin was a distinguished military graduate from Georgetown University’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Program and was commissioned in the Corps of Engineers.

Colonel Griffin was first assigned to Fort Hood, Texas where she served in various Engineer assignments to include Battalion Assistant Operations Officer; Vertical Construction Platoon Leader; Executive Officer in an Assault Float Bridge Company; and Battalion Adjutant. Following the Engineer Officer Advanced Course, Colonel Griffin was assigned to Giessen, Germany, where she served as the 16th Engineer Battalion Logistics Officer; the 1st Brigade Combat Team Assistant Brigade Engineer; and the Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC) Commander, 16th Engineer Battalion.

After completing Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Colonel Griffin was nominated to serve at the Army’s Human Resources Command in Alexandria, Virginia where she served as the Civilian Education Branch Chief responsible for the professional development of the Army’s officer corps at civilian institutions worldwide. During this tour of duty, Colonel Griffin applied for and received designation to the Human Resources Community. After graduating from the Command and General Staff College, Colonel Griffin served as the Operations Officer for the Officer Personnel Management System Task Force providing the Chief of Staff of the Army periodic updates on the future of the Army’s officer corps. Subsequent assignments included Development Officer, Senior Leader Development Office; Deputy Joint Human Resources Officer for the Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq; U.S. Army Garrison Commander in Mannheim, Germany; and Chief, Officer Selection Board Policy, Army G-1.
Colonel Griffin holds a Master’s degree in Policy Management from Georgetown University and a Master’s Degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces – Eisenhower School. She has completed two graduate certificates in Executive Leadership from Cornell University; is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR); and has earned designation as a Human Capital Strategist (HCS).

Colonel Griffin’s operational and combat deployments include Joint Task Force 160, Operation Sea Signal, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (1994-1995); Operations Joint Endeavor and Joint Guard, 1st Armored Division, Balkans (1997-1998, 2000); and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq (2008-2009)

Colonel Griffin’s military awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, various Service and Campaign medals, the Humanitarian Service Medal, Outstanding Military Volunteer Medal, the NATO Medal, and Joint Meritorious Unit Award. She has earned the U.S. Army Parachutist Badge, Gold German Sports Badge, and is a certified Army Master Fitness Trainer.

Colonel Griffin is married to Charles Griffin and they have two children, Cavan and Mikaely, age 11. Colonel Griffin currently serves as the Chief, Strategic Initiatives Group, for the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) and the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1 in Washington, DC.

Great Adk Garage Sale

Furniture, toys, antiques, clothes. There’s something for everyone at the Great Adirondack Garage Sale. Participating towns include Long Lake, Indian Lake, Inlet and Old Forge.

Good luck and happy hunting!




Great Adirondack Garage Sale

Great Adk Garage Sales from May 22nd - May 24th, Memorial Day Weekend

Great Adk Garage Sales from May 22nd – May 24th, Memorial Day Weekend

The communties of Long Lake, Indian Lake, Inlet, Old Forge and Speculator join together for over 70 miles of Garage sales stretching along NYS Routes 28/30 from Friday, May 22nd thru Sunday, May 24th. This is a great way to explore our area and find deals and bargains along the way.

In Long Lake a variety of businesses and residences will be signed up and more are being added daily. The maps will be available at local businesses, and the Long Lake Town Offices located at 1130 Deerland Road, in the foyer starting at 9am on Friday, May 22nd. Check back at on Friday, May 22nd for PDF’s of area maps when available.

In Long Lake look for vintage electronics, furniture, Amish Baskets, trinkets, furniture, antiques and more. Anyone interested in being on the map should contact Parks and Recreation at 518.624.3077 x 10 to sign up!

Business Updates for Long Lake & Raquette Lake 2015 ADKS

Business Updates for Summer Season 2015.

Here’s what is happening in and around Long Lake and Raquette Lake for the 2015 Summer Season!

Long Lake and Raquette Lake Businesses Gearing up for Summer 2015

Long Lake and Raquette Lake Businesses Gearing up for Summer 2015

Ali Babas Liquors at 1601 Tupper Road, Long Lake NY, 518-624-2020 is open and ready for all your vacation needs. Stop by and check out the fine selection of wines and liquors right in Long Lake, NY.

Chax Handmade Knives located at 385 North Point Road in Long Lake, 518-624-3889 in the summer and fall will be re-opening his Long Lake shop in mid-June. Chase travels back and forth between Long Lake and Hamilton NY almost weekly and can send pictures of his handmade knife inventory anywhere and arrange a meeting at a convenient location, bringing a few knives of interest with him.

This nomad-like existence can be filed under “What we will do to be near our Grandchildren.”

Hours, Monday – Saturday 12pm to 8pm, Sunday 1pm – 8pm

Donnelly’s Sunset Point located at 987 Deerland Road, Long Lake, NY 12847

Michelle and Tom are excited to report that as of May 7, 2015 they are open for the season and everyone should check out their new website featuring images of the cottages, maps and info about their property.

The Cellar Restaurant and Pub, 3 Kickerville Lane, Long Lake NY, 518-624-5539
The Cellar Restaurant and Pub Website
Open 7 Days starting May 6th, serving Dinner 4:30pm – 8pm.
Stop in to see the new carpet, a fresh coat of paint and lots of fun, new decor. Big screen tv, lotto, pool table (after dinner hours) and juke box! We open daily at 4:30 for dinner. Stop and see the refreshed look and enjoy a tasty meal from our menu!

The Shamrock Motel & Cottages located at 1055 Deerland Road, Long Lake, NY 12847 518-624-3861
Property owners Tim and Beate have been working hard since last fall on several projects. Look for some units with remodeled bathrooms and new plumbing, new sliding glass doors in the efficiencies, new queen beds in some motel units and new double beds in others. A beautiful new deck on the Lake House. New dining tables and dining bar in cottages 4 & 5. Look for five new 32 inch flat screen tv’s in a few of the units, 5 charcoal grills and 3 new recliners and fresh paint throughout each motel unit and many cottages!

Journey’s End Cottages and Lake House located at 941 Deerland Road, Long Lake, NY 12847 518-624-5381 offers 1, 2 and 3 bedroom modern, well-maintained accommodations with canoes and kayaks on the west shore of beautiful Long Lake in the Adirondacks. Beautiful sunsets at this perfect summertime vacation spot for you and your family. UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP!

The ADK Trading Post located at 1601 Tupper Road, Long Lake, NY 12847 518-624-2357 is excited to announce the return of Lobster Rolls on Friday, May 22nd just in time for the kick off to the summer season Memorial Day weekend. Stop by and pick up camping items, fishing lures, groceries and terrific gift items featuring Long Lake and Lake Eaton. There’s something for everyone. If it’s in stock, they’ve got it!

The Long Lake Diner/Owls Head Pub at 1161 Main Street, Long Lake, NY 518 624-3941 announcing the deck is open and the summer dinner menu features Gluten Free Pizza and a Children’s Dinner Menu. Find them on Facebook.

Helms Aeroservice and Seaplane Rides in downtown Long Lake next to the Long Lake Town Beach is open for the season. Call 518-624-3931 to book your flight today!

Hoss’s Country Corner, 1142 Main Street has brand new inventory including handmade Amish Baskets, new sweatshirts and t-shirts, bait and DEC licenses.

Kickerville Mobil, 1383 Tupper Road, 518-624-2178 is excited to announce they will have weekly specials this summer.

Northern Borne, 518-624-3271 located in downtown Long Lake will will be opening Memorial Day weekend. Full service grocery store.

Raquette River Outfitters across from the Town Beach at 518-624-2360 will be opening Memorial Day Weekend. The shop will be expanding and include lighter weight options in their large rental fleet.

Wide River Antiques, located in downtown Long Lake near the Town Dock will be open at the end of June. Look for an amazing array and collectibles and new merchandise to browse.

The Adirondack Hotel at 1235 Main Street, 518-624-4700, has a new summer menu premiering Memorial Day Weekend and BBQ on Wednesday’s and Saturday’s.

Gillis Realty, Inc. has a newly designed website that is very mobile friendly and easy to navigate As new data or pictures are entered on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), it is directly fed to the Gillis Realty website, making our website always current and up to date. Please see for residential, commercial, land and vacation listings or drop by our office located across from the Town Beach. Facebook us at Gillis Realty Inc. !

In Raquette Lake

Great Camp Sagamore announces the launch of a new website. It is up and running and content will be added over time. Check it out at Great Camp Sagamore Great Camp Sagamore is also offering Central Adirondack business discount coupons for Sagamore tours and events. They will offer your guests $2 off of our award winning tours with children under 12 free. Each business that takes a bundle of tickets will also receive 4 complimentary tour tickets for use by your staff or family.

Raquette Lake Navigation, 315-354-5532 announces that there will be a mobile friendly conversion of their website launching Memorial Day Weekend. The WW Durant also boasts a new 30 KW Catepillar generator installed plus new carpeting . Look for unqiue events including the Mitch Frasier Music Cruise on Sat June 6 3-5 pm, two for one luncheon cruise Sat June 6 11-1 and the Father’s Day Prime Rib Buffet 5:30-8 June 21. All fathers $5 off. Daily cruising launches June 27 through September 6

The Gift of Moose – Long Lake NY

The following is a guest post by Ellie George.

When I was about 9 years old, I found a catbird nest with its beautiful blue-green eggs on my birthday in early May. I felt that Mother Nature had given me this wonderful discovery as a birthday gift, and from then on, every year around the time of my birthday I have actively sought out the amazing present that Mother Nature would send to me. I have never been disappointed.
Once it was a patch of painted trillium in bloom growing in the woods near my house that I had never seen before. A few years ago I found three shed deer antlers on a small mountain in the Adirondacks. Sometimes Mother Nature delivers right to my home, and a couple of times a male indigo bunting has arrived at my bird feeder at home exactly on my birthday.

Yesterday I was on a fishing adventure in the central Adirondacks with my son Scott. We had already fished one lake and been quite successful, catching and releasing several large smallmouth bass. We were driving along the southern leg of Sabattis Circle Road, heading toward Little Tupper Lake with the intention of carrying a mile into another lake, this time a trout lake, that I had never visited before. I was scanning the sides of the road looking for birds and other wildlife and Scott was driving.

Suddenly Scott hit the brakes and said “Ummmmm,” in a loud and puzzled manner. I quickly glanced at the road to see what was the matter. In about one second’s time, my eyes and brain went through the following sequence of analysis: Horseback riders—–No, horses with no riders——No, MOOSE!!!!! GET THE CAMERA!!

GET THE CAMERA!  Photo by Ellie George

GET THE CAMERA! Photo by Ellie George

In the very center of the road stood two moose, so close their sides were almost touching each other. They looked right at us. I grabbed the camera with telephoto lens from the back seat of the car, pulled it out of its carrying bag, took off the lens cap, and turned it on. Meanwhile the moose had turned and were starting to walk down the center of the road directly away from us. I snapped a few quick photos and the moose trotted over a rise and were out of sight.

Moose on Sabattis Circle Road on May 3, 2015, Long Lake NY Adirondacks. Photo by Ellie George

Moose on Sabattis Circle Road on May 3, 2015, Long Lake NY Adirondacks. Photo by Ellie George

Scott asked what we should do, and I said to drive along behind them slowly, ready to stop in case they were standing in the road again. We moved forward over the rise and the moose were ahead, still trotting down the road together. Scott swung the car to the middle of the road so I could photograph out the open side window. Fortunately this road doesn’t get a lot of traffic. I took photos while the moose turned to the right, the larger moose leading. It trotted off the road, down an embankment, and into the woods, followed by the slightly smaller moose. Both moose had erected the hair on the backs of their necks, their manes, and they looked big and beautiful.

The Moose exit Sabattis Road in Long Lake, NY on May 3, 2015.

The Moose exit Sabattis Road in Long Lake, NY on May 3, 2015.

Once the moose had passed into the woods, we drove to the spot where they had entered the woods and I got out to see if I could find them. But no, they had vanished, leaving only a few tracks in the sand on the side of the road.
Wow, that was awesome! I thought that the moose were both yearlings, out on their own for the first time. But after we got home and I examined the photos, I think that the larger moose, the one that led the way down the road and into the woods, was a cow, and the smaller moose was either its yearling calf or possibly a two year old calf. I don’t know how large a moose calf grows in a year. The younger moose was almost as tall as the cow, but much more slender in body build. Also, both moose appeared to be in good health, with full, almost glossy coats of fur, not showing any signs of winter tick infestations which have been plaguing moose populations recently. They also moved on the blacktop road easily, as if they were accustomed to it. Sometimes when I see deer walk on blacktop, they walk strangely, almost as if they are walking on ice.

Thank you, Mother Nature, for perhaps the best birthday present ever! Early May is such a great time to be out in the wild world looking for and celebrating all forms of life.

Ellie George

Long Lake