Posts on Mar 2020

Updates on Services available in Long Lake/Raquette Lake Area 3.31

Updates on Services available in Long Lake/Raquette Lake Area.
Long Lake Nutrition Site/Senior Meal Site – Delivery Only
Any senior over 60 eligible to sign up, no pre-authorization required> Call 518-624-5221 Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. No answering machine.
Monday – 2 meals delivered. 1 Hot and 1 extra
Wednesday – 2 Meals delivered. 1 Hot and 1 extra
Friday – 1 Meal Delivered
Please order for the entire week. Due to the increased volume in meal preparations, no “day of” requests can be handled at this time.
This program is administrated through the Warren/Hamilton County Office of the Aging  
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Colleen and Amber are at the meal site Monday – Friday, 7:30am – 1:30pm. There is no answering machine. 518-624-5221.
Adirondack Hotel Easter Dinner
Adirondack Hotel will be serving To-Go/Delivery Easter Dinner on Sunday, April 12th
1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m. 
Must pre-order Easter dinner in advance, deadline Wednesday, April 8th
Regular Take-out menu will also be available for those that didn’t pre-order holiday meals
Traditional Ham Dinner with all the fixings or
Pasta Primavera with gluten free option available.
Please call 518-624-4700 to reserve your Easter Dinner by Wednesday, April 8th
Ali Babas Liquors
Open daily
Monday-Saturday 10a-5pm and Sunday 12p-5p. Delivery available to Long Lake, Blue Mountain Lake and Newcomb. Call 518-955-4451
Stewart’s Shops 
Open Daily 5am – 10pm
Long Lake/Raquette Lake Transfer Station
Open 9am – 3pm every day but Tuesday
Raquette Lake Tap Room
Open Daily
Dr. Rider/Long Lake Medical Center
Call 518-624-2301
Tele-medicine appts available
No Walk ins at this time.
Long Lake Town Supervisor 518-624-3001
Long Lake Parks & Rec 518-624-2493
Long Lake Highway 518-624-6933
Long Lake Post Office 518-624-4567
Raquette Lake Post Office 315-354-4291
Thank you to all our business & community partners for staying open and seeing us through this challenging time. 
Community Action has partnered with Hamilton County departments to provide monthly home delivered community action orders.
At this time we will deliver food and supplies to 10 families per day on a first come, first serve basis.
Orders are due by 3:00 pm the day before your scheduled delivery.
Delivery Schedule
Monday: Inlet and Raquette Lake
Tuesday: Wells, Hope, Benson
Wednesday: Indian Lake
Thursday: Blue Mountain Lake and Long Lake
Friday: Lake Pleasant, Speculator, Piseco, Morehouse, Hoffmeister
To place your order over the phone please call one of the following:
• Public Health: (518) 648-6141
• Community Services: (518) 648-5355
• Social Services: (518) 648-6131
Community Action will call the day of your scheduled delivery with a delivery time.
Please watch for your delivery as the driver MUST see someone before dropping off your
If you are not home at the time of your delivery, your your order will be available to pick up at Community Action.

Adk Regional Economic Resources Links & Health Care Sign Up & Unemployment


Economic Development COVID-19 Recovery Links for Adirondack Region & NYS Links
March 28, 2020
updated April 1, 2020
Links updated April 2, 2020
Links updated April 3, 2020

“The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act”  Link
Links to SBA Application 4.3
Links to info on CARES ACT from the NYS Hospitality Tourism Association
Paycheck Protection Program Overview & Information–%20Overview.pdf
Lender Information
Borrower information–Fact-Sheet.pdf
Payroll Protection Application
SBA Releases Application Portal
Link to SBA Loan Application 4.2

Information Sheet on Paycheck Protection Program 4.2

New York State Hospitality Tourism Association Resources 4.2

Guide to SBA Generous Cares Act Information posted 4.1
North Country Alliance
Working Capital Recovery Program:
ANCA Adirondack Economic Resources – Links Updated Frequently 
COVID19-Federal & State Summary Info
Small Business Administration** (more loans/business support pending approved recovery legislation from Federal Government – check on interest rates!)

RESOURCE PARTNERS TO NAVIGATE Small Business Administration Loan
            NYS Free Business Consulting:
Information on Community Based Resources
NYS Unemployment Page
Health Insurance Sign up for New Yorkers
New Yorkers without health insurance can apply for a health plan through NY State of Health. 

If you recently lost employer coverage, you must apply within 60 days of losing that coverage. Because of loss of income, New Yorkers may also be eligible for Medicaid, the Essential Plan or Child Health Plus.




Long Lake Town Supervisor Letter 2020.03.26

To the residents of Long Lake and Raquette Lake:    

To sum up the last couple weeks in a few words; stressful, daunting, unique, busy, and difficult.  However here in Long Lake we have approached these situations head on.  I have been involved in multiple daily phone meetings with the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors, Erica Mahoney- Director of Hamilton County Public Health, and other neighboring Town Supervisors, to get the latest news and advice on the Coronavirus.  We have been working closely with Dr.Rider to determine what steps our community can take to stay safe and healthy.  I have also worked very closely with Noelle Short to find safe solutions for Long Lake School, students, and employees.  She in return has helped us in the same respect.

I have recently spoken to Stephanie Howe of the Long Lake Rescue Squad and Tony Clark of the Long Lake Fire Department who have both stated they are up to date with current Health Department protocols and are getting updates daily. 
Town of Long Lake staff are avidly researching and brainstorming the next obstacles we may face, while reaching out to townspeople to see what needs can be met.  I am confident that we have a firm grasp on what’s happening and even more confident we’ll get through this with our heads held high. 

I understand the hardships we are all going through.  Local business’s forcing to close, some being laid off from work, having to isolate from others, not being able to socialize, attend church, birthday parties, you name it.   We’ll get through this because we are The Town of Long Lake, and we are strong, smart, hardworking, caring, compassionate, problem solvers, and as some people say, stubborn. 

We need to stay strong as a community and support each other in these difficult times.  Keeping our distance from others and remaining in social isolation is not easy, but it will ensure our community does all it can to stay safe and healthy.
Please continue to be responsible, caring, and considerate of yourselves and others around you.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me anytime by phone or email.

Be well,

Clay J Arsenault
Long Lake Town Supervisor

Supervisor Letter 2020.03.26

Public Health Director Update: Community Transmission Stops With You!

March 27, 2020

The circumstances around the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to change on a daily basis, with the greatest change being around testing. Previously individuals could report to their primary care doctor, and if symptomology suggested COVID-19 as a likely diagnosis, they could be sent to a drive through COVID-19 outpatient testing location. Swabbing would be done, and sent to the lab to determine COVID-19. This individual would be monitored for 14 days by Hamilton County Public Health Department.

Currently, there are no outpatient testing centers available to Hamilton County residents. These individuals are now being sent home from their primary care doctor under precautionary quarantine without confirmed laboratory testing. Hamilton County Public Health does not have testing kits. Testing is being done in the hospital settings for healthcare workers and hospitalized patients only at this time.

Our greatest risk in Hamilton County at this point is community transmission, where one individual comes in contact with someone who is carrying the virus, and then carries the virus to others, including family members.
What does this mean?

NYS and CDC data charts report confirmed cases only. Without testing being done, it will continue to show limited confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Hamilton County, making it appear that COVID-19 is not in Hamilton County.
We should conduct ourselves with the assumption that the Coronavirus is in Hamilton County, and anyone you come in contact with may be carrying the disease. Because the symptoms vary from individual to individual, what may present like a common cold/cough could in fact be the Coronavirus.

Highest Risk Individuals
Right now, the highest risk individuals are elderly with comorbidities, healthcare workers and those working in occupations that are considered “essential.” Be careful, use personal protective equipment (PPE) cautiously, wash your hands frequently and maintain 6 feet distancing precautions.
What can you do?

• Practice social distancing, maintain 6’ distancing when in public.
• Wash your hands frequently.
• Avoid gatherings.
• Stay home if you are sick.
• When going to pick up groceries/necessities, go alone. Do not bring your children into the store.
• Screen and limit visitors to your house.
We all must work together to prevent community transmission in Hamilton County!

Erica Mahoney,
Director of Public Health

Public Health Director: New York State on Pause: Please Stay Where You Are March 25, 2020

From the Hamilton County Public Health Director:

New York State on Pause: 
Please Stay Where You Are
March 25, 2020

As of March 22, 2020, New York State is practicing the “pause” on most public, personal, and commercial activities in attempt to slow the transmission of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  All non-essential businesses are now closed and residents are asked to remain in their home, with the exception of emergencies, seeking medical care, solitary local exercise, and shopping for food and other necessities. Travel within the United States is not recommended, especially for vulnerable populations, who are more likely to contract the virus. Just to be clear, even if you conclude you are not vulnerable, you are wrong, plus we all have a responsibility for protecting others.

Hamilton County is the least populated county in New York State, with approximately 4,500-year-round residents, most of which are over the age of 65 years. We are experiencing a large influx of travelers into the county to occupy second homes and short-term rentals. Our current healthcare infrastructure is able to care for year-round residents, but we are not equipped for this influx, nor will State resources be available to come north for quite some time.
Escaping to the Adirondacks may seem like an attractive and safe solution to decrease your risk of exposure to COVID-19, however there are several things to consider in terms of health, safety, and your wellbeing. While you may be looking for a way to isolate your family, you also will be isolating them from healthcare and supplies. Most small businesses in Hamilton County are closed, and while our convenience stores are still open to the public, there is a limited supply of food and other necessities.

Hamilton County Public Health and our primary care providers do not have testing kits. We do not have a hospital within the county or a hospital within reasonable travel distance for COVID-19 testing. If you or your family member becomes sick, there will be a delay in healthcare delivery and follow up services.
Hotels are considered essential services and are regulated by NYSDOH for cleanliness and safety.  Airbnb, Vacation Rental by Owner, and other rental sites are not regulated by NYSDOH.  If you are renting out your home through one of these organizations, the risk and responsibility for cleanliness falls on you. We politely request that you remove your short-term rentals from these websites, and refrain from renting during this pandemic. Please understand this is for your protection, plus the protection of anyone who might be entertaining the idea of staying in your rental. Your long term success will be far greater, if the news stories don’t start to revolve around those sickened or trapped without health care in a short term rental unit.
We truly appreciate all you do to stimulate our small communities and economy, and hope that you will take this information into consideration before coming to the Adirondacks during this public health pandemic. Lastly, if for some reason your personal situation absolutely requires you to come here, we ask that you consider the CDC recommendation of self-isolating for 14 days once you arrive. Your health and the health of others depend upon it.
Please contact Hamilton County Public Health at (518) 648-6141 with any questions.

Meeting Change Long Lake Town Board Meeting 3.25.2020


County of Hamilton, State of New York
March 25, 2020 Long Lake Town Board Meeting: 
Pursuant to Executive Order No. 202.1*, issued by Governor Cuomo on March 12, 2020, and advisories issued by Federal, State and Local officials related to the COVID-19 virus, the Long Lake Town Board will convene its Wednesday, March 25, 2020 meeting remotely as follows: 
The Long Lake Town Board meeting will commence at 7:00 p.m. and shall be conducted through the use of GoToMeeting, a web-based video conferencing tool with local, desktop client and smartphone applications that will allow the Town Board members and the public to participate electronically and remotely. 

Public access to the Long Lake Town Board’s March 25, 2020 meeting is by audio connection:
You can dial in using your phone. 
United States: +1 (571) 317-3122
Access Code: 447-881-573
Please note that this meeting will be conducted remotely only and will not be held at the Town Hall or the Town Offices, access to which is presently restricted. 
This meeting will be recorded and transcribed. 
By Order of Town Supervisor
Dixie LeBlanc
Town Clerk
Town of Long Lake
Monday, March 23, 2020
* Pursuant to Executive Order No. 202.1, the Governor conditionally waived provisions of “….Article 7 of the Public Officers Law, to the extent necessary to permit any public body to meet and take such actions authorized by the law without permitting in public in-person access to meetings and authorizing such meetings to be held remotely by conference call or similar service, provided that the public has the ability to view or listen to such proceeding and that such meetings are recorded and later transcribed.”   


Link to Meeting Agenda:

ADKS We Will Be Here, Later. Covid-19 Updates

Strong is in our nature


Whether you live close by or on the other side of the world, we know the Adirondacks hold a special place in your heart. But unfortunately, now is not the time to visit. Now is a time to PAUSE, reconnect with loved ones, and find safe, healthy adventures close to home.


With that said, right now everyone deserves something to look forward to and find hope in. The Adirondacks, from the mountains to the lakes, the restaurants to the unique shops, will always endure. So rest assured, we will be here, ready to reconnect and welcome you back when the time is right. You can depend on that.



Strong is in our nature

Whether you live close by or on the other side of the world, we know the Adirondacks hold a special place in your heart. But unfortunately, now is not the time to visit. Now is a time to PAUSE, reconnect with loved ones, and find safe, healthy adventures close to home.

With that said, right now everyone deserves something to look forward to and find hope in. The Adirondacks, from the mountains to the lakes, the restaurants to the unique shops, will always endure. So rest assured, we will be here, ready to reconnect and welcome you back when the time is right. You can depend on that.




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From Dr. Rider – Update

Update from Dr. Rider:                                                                                   3/20/20

As of press time today, we are seeing increased numbers of Covid-19 infections across the state and in response, the Governor has increased the number of workplace reductions and restrictions. These announcements can provoke anxiety and fear about the virus.  Keep in mind the following:

·      Many people may acquire the Covid-19 virus, but most of those infections will be unnoticed or mild and the biggest threat that the infection holds is the threat to society by exposing the elderly or medically compromised.  Therefore, isolation is the most important action you can take to prevent the spread of the infection.

·      Some people are  getting  caught up in the numbers of confirmed cases in each county….do not get a false sense of security that your county may only have a few or no confirmed cases…..presume the virus is here (because it most assuredly is)…isolate, wash your hands, and when out getting necessities,  stay 6 feet away from others (especially the elderly). 

·      As of today,…. we have no reliable treatment for Covid-19, so even if you test positive for the virus there is nothing to offer you for the treatment of mild cases.  You should treat it like you would a cold…. stay in your home, isolate, monitor your temperature, wash your hands and seek medical treatment if symptoms worsen or you develop difficulty breathing.

·      Getting tested for a mild case is not necessary and as you may have seen, many places have limited testing to only those who are very sick or healthcare workers so they can return to work if negative.

·      In response to the Governor’s directive, many municipalities and counties are reducing staff, limiting access to buildings, and restricting visitors.  At my office we are limiting visits to “necessity only” and routine visits will be cancelled and re-scheduled later or conducted by telephone.  This is not only to protect you…but to protect me, my staff, and other patients from unnecessary exposure.

·      Please note that many offices, as well as my own, will have locked entrance doors and are asking people to call staff in advance so we can provide directions for entering the building.  We are taking the isolation/exposure issue very seriously and hope you are too!
We all need to take a deep breath, slow down and not panic over all the information and news we are getting thrown at us daily….our County and State Departments of Health are doing a great job in keeping us up to date on the latest information as they receive it,  and ensuring our residents are getting the care they need.

We will get through this together.  Well, actually…6 feet apart!
Russell E. Rider MD and Staff  

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2020.21.03 Updates on Long Lake / Raquette Lake

❗UPDATE❗  3/21/2020
Please see below for a list of establishments that are open and the services they are providing at this time.
This information is being updated regularly;
Please contact the Long Lake Parks/Rec/Tourism Information:  at  
Ali Babas Liquors. Open.
Open  Monday-Saturday 10a-5pm
Sunday 12p-5pm. Deliveries to: Long Lake, Blue Mountain Lake and Newcomb.
Call 518-955-4451 for delivery.

The Adirondack Hotel 518-624-4700 
Take out every day from 12-8 
Delivery available from 4-7pm
6 pack of beer and bottles of wine available for take out
Check FB for Daily specials

Raquette Lake Tap Room Open Daily for Take Out! 
Monday -Saturday: 7am-10:30am Breakfast
11am-8pm Bar Menu
Sunday: Noon-8pm Bar Menu

Stewart’s Shops Open Daily 5am – 10pm

Long Lake Diner 518-624-3941 – CLOSED

Long View Lodge 518-624-2862 TOGO -CLOSED 

Hoss’s Country Corner Closed.  Call 518-269-6003 If you need anything.
Long Lake Community Bank Lobby Closed/Night Deposit box for regular deposits. Staff is working during day. Call 518-624-5161
Long Lake Public Library – 518.624.3825 Closed until further notice. Fines suspended until library reopens. Drop box closed. For ebooks and audiobooks visit:
Information on additional local services:
Open Daily. Will continue with their normal business hours and services.

HELPFUL HINT!  PICK UP MAILBOX KEY from the person you are getting the mail from to AVOID going to the window. Thank you. 

·      Please do NOT linger, maintain social distancing of 6 feet apart!**  
Long Lake Post Office Zip Code 12847:           518-624-4567 
Raquette Lake Post Office Zip Code 13436:     315-354-4291
LONG LAKE MEDICAL CENTER will continue normal business hours and services. (518)-624-2301


ST. HENRY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH. all public Masses in the Diocese of Ogdensburg beginning Wednesday, March 18 are suspended until further notice.
Public devotions such as the Stations of the Cross should be suspended. However, the faithful are encouraged to make those devotions in private.
Call Father Peter Berg at 518-582-3671
LONG LAKE CALVARY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH. Long Lake Calvary UMC is joining in Worship by Zoom with Blue Mountain Lake UMC and Indian Lake UMC Sunday mornings from 10:30 – 12:00. For more information, please contact Pastor Nina at (518) 648-5302. Thanks.
LONG LAKE WESLEYAN CHURCH Live service will be broadcast at 10am on Sundays 
LONG LAKE FOOD PANTRY The food pantry is open and manned still on Saturdays from 9 AM to 12 PM and is open to all. If someone is unable to come on Saturdays or have a more immediate need during the week, email for an appointment.
LONG LAKE CENTRAL SCHOOL is closed to students until April 19. Meal service available to students. To participate, call to order weekly, by Sunday.  Sign-up via our Google Form on our website ( or by calling the school at (518) 624-2221 and leaving a message in our general mailbox by the end of the day on Sunday. 
SENIOR MEAL SITE – WARREN/HAMILTON COUNTY OFFICE OF THE AGING. Meal Deliveries Monday/Wednesday/Friday for seniors.  Please call 518-624-5221 to place your weekly order.  No special “day of” requests accepted at this time.  There is NO ANSWERING MACHINE.  Also if calling mid-morning M/W/F the meal site is not manned as they are out delivering meals.
LONG LAKE VISITOR INFORMATION CENTER is closed, but we are working M-F 7am – 4pm..  Email: and for immediate assistance please call:  518-624-2493.  9am – 3pm daily.
Town Supervisor Office Call 518-624-3001
Town Clerk: 518-624-3088
TOWN COURT:  Long Lake Town Court closed until further notice.
Contact 518-624-3761 or email: 

HAMILTON COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH:  Director, Erica Mahoney. 518-648-6497
General Local Updates:

MT. SABATTIS/GEIGER ARENA:  Closed at this time. 
LONG LAKE TOWN HALL: Closed to the public
LONG LAKE 518-624-3806 RAQUETTE LAKE 315.354.4107
LONG LAKE HIGHWAY:  518-624-6933

From Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

We know the most effective way to reduce the spread of this virus is through social distancing and density reduction measures.

 The Governor’s 10-point NYS on PAUSE plan is as follows:
Effective at 8PM on Sunday, March 22, all non-essential businesses statewide will be closed;
Non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations or other social events) are canceled or postponed at this time;
Any concentration of individuals outside their home must be limited to workers providing essential services and social distancing should be practiced;
When in public individuals must practice social distancing of at least six feet from others;
Businesses and entities that provide other essential services must implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least six feet;
Individuals should limit outdoor recreational activities to non-contact and avoid activities where they come in close contact with other people;
Individuals should limit use of public transportation to when absolutely necessary and should limit potential exposure by spacing out at least six feet from other riders;
Sick individuals should not leave their home unless to receive medical care and only after a telehealth visit to determine if leaving the home is in the best interest of their health;
Young people should also practice social distancing and avoid contact with vulnerable populations; and
Use precautionary sanitizer practices such as using isopropyl alcohol wipes.
“Matilda’s Law” includes the following rules for vulnerable populations: SENIOR CITIZENS, PEOPLE WITH COMPROMISED IMMUNE SYSTEMS, AND UNDERLYING ILLNESS
Remain indoors;
Can go outside for solitary exercise;
Pre-screen all visitors and aides by taking their temperature and seeing if person is exhibiting other flu-like symptoms;
Do not visit households with multiple people;
Wear a mask when in the company of others;
To the greatest extent possible, everyone in the presence of vulnerable people should wear a mask;
Always stay at least six feet away from individuals; and
Do not take public transportation unless urgent and absolutely necessary.

2020.03.20 Internet SLIC & Frontier Info

Here is a list of available Internet Web Providers in our Long Lake/Raquette Lake Area.  We will update it as more information becomes available.  

New customers – Free Installation
SLIC is lowering the cost for additional bandwidth for the next several months to assist families with their increased online demands, including school.
$10 tier upgrade for existing customers.
Start up promotion Pricing for Frontier internet ranges from** all prices subject to change depending on location
70 Mbps $44.99
24 Mbps $34.99
6   Mbps $27.99
Verizon Cell Phone Service

AT&T Phone/Wireless Service 




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