2021

Kids Fishing Derby of 2021 and 100 Fish!

The Long Lake Kids Fishing Derby was held in Long Lake, New York on Saturday, June 5, 2021. The event was staged at the Long Lake causeway overlooking Jennings Park Pond.  Over 46 children through age 15 registered for the event and over 100 fish were caught.  Jennings Park Pond had been stocked by the Long Lake Fish and Game Club and Town of Long Lake with trout provided by Avery’s Fish Hatchery.  In addition to the rainbow and brook trout two Golden Trout were stocked as part of the coveted catch.
 
A variety of sunfish, perch and trout were weighed in by Garrett Clark. Master of Ceremonies and Fish and Game Club volunteer Jimmy Waite and his trusty assistant Louie the Lobster were happy to get back to business collecting prizes and coordinating the event.  Jim Waite garnered over $800 in prizes and  donations from businesses in the community.  Volunteers Jim Swedberg and Marty Furlong handled bbq duties serving up hot dogs and hamburgers to all the participants. Bruce Jennings helped get the grill and tent to the staging area provided by Another Paradise Cove.
 
Winners by Age Category
Ages 0-5
First Place Silas Thompson 11 ¾ inch trout
Second Place Landon Salvia 10 ¼ inch trout
Third Place  SJ Hosley  9 ¾ inch trout
 
Ages 6-9
First Place Rosie Delehanty 13 inch trout
Second Place Axel Lewis 11 ½ inch trout
Third Place Carole Tulley 11 ¼ inch trout
 
Ages 10-15
First Place Sye Fisher 13 ¼ inch trout
Second Place Tie Stephen LaPlant 12 ½ inch trout
Second Place Tie  Griffin Farr 12 1/2inch trout
Third Place Pailin Hample 12 3/4
 
No one caught the Golden Trout so the prize money is up for grabs. If someone catches a Golden Trout please contact Bruce Jennings at the Long Lake Fish and Game Club at 518-624-2145.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2020 Great Adirondack Garage Sale Weekend

Garage Sale Weekend 2021
Garage Sale LIsting 2021

All About Bears in Long Lake, NY Adirondacks

FROM THE ARCHIVES: This post on bears was originally published on May 10, 2013.

All About Bears was a presentation given by Ben Tabor a wildlife biologist from the NYS DEC and KC Kelly a DEC Environmental Conservation Officer. This following information was from his talk at the Long Lake Community Connections evening held on May 9, 2013.

Bears are charismatic mega-fauna. Black bears as a rule are timid, shy and scared and not aggressive (FYI not the same for Black Bears in Canada). Black bears will mark their territory by biting trees, putting their scent on their territory and let other bears know.. “Hey bears, I’m in town, back away from my soft mass.” (code words for berries)

Bears are omnivores and tend to eat vegetarian, but they will eat meat. They are not big hunters, but don’t rule them out when it comes to finding prey, depends on the year and availability of food. Bears will eat berries, acorns, nuts, apples, succulent grasses, dandelions, skunk cabbage, jack in the pulpit, buds of hardwood trees and insects.

Generally bears are not social, but May and June are their breeding season and males and females can be seen together. Bears have delayed implantation so they will be fertilized in the spring, but will not implant the eggs until November. Bears breed every two years. Bears chemically decide how many cubs they have; it’s a combination of hormones, and body fat that makes that determination. All bears give birth on January 20th or 21st. Typical for Adirondack bears are broods of 2-3 cubs but Momma’s can produce from one to five bears and they can even have albinos (not to be mistaken for Polar Bears)

By August 1st the bears are weaned and ready to go off on their own. Sometimes a mom will let them den up with her for one more year, but come spring she sends them on their way. Bears are not adults until they are four years old. Most of the reports to the DEC involve younger bears that tend to get into trouble, whether they are climbing inside dumpsters or approaching someone’s home. If a bear doesn’t get into trouble with the DEC by age three they probably never will. Adult male bears are about 300 pounds and an adult Momma bear about 150 pounds.

Currently New York State boasts about 10,000 bears statewide. There is an effort to sustain the population, and the DEC monitors and develops hunting regulations and makes opportunities available to hunt bear based on the numbers, population and ability to sustain on natural food. The goal is to maintain the bear population for future generations, but to also ensure that the bears don’t become a nuisance to the general population. Bear hunting is a regulated harvest and it’s challenging to find a bear, much less haul it out of the woods, but benefits of bear include their meat which is a good source of protein, hide, fat (when rendered makes a heck of a pie) and the gall used for medicinal purposes. If you hunt bear, cook the meat to an internal temp of 137 degrees because they do carry trichinosis.

Safety tips
Don’t feed bears. A fed bear is a dead bear because once a bear finds a food source; they won’t back away until they’ve exhausted the food source. Bears will eat bird feeders; remove the feeders from April until November. Don’t be surprised if someone knocks on your door if they see bird feeders out and full during the off season.

What do you do if you see a bear? If you see a bear in a tree, don’t call to report it. Leave it alone, it got up the tree, it will come down, but you have to leave it alone. The bear is in the tree for safety.

The best thing to do be pre-emptive before anything escalates. Call Ray Brook DEC Wildlife 518 -897-1291 or 518-897-1326 to report bear disturbances. If you notice a bear peaking in your windows, or seems to be holding court on your property, eyeballing your activities that is not normal. Call the DEC. If you see a bear cross the road, let it be, but if there is a bear on or near your property that seems to be assessing and studying your property, call the DEC and report it.

The DEC keeps track of bears, their habitation, their habituation, and their environment. Whatever you do, don’t feed the bears. It’s against the law to feed bears. You will get ticketed and fined if you are caught feeding the bears. Don’t do it. You are putting your neighbors and the bear’s life at risk. Don’t make soup and leave it under your porch, don’t leave dog food or cat food outside. Use bear proof containers, or electric fences for large dumpsters.

Out west bear proof dumpsters are the norm and all over the place. In the East, the dumpster companies don’t provide bear proof dumpsters because there is no demand. Customers should be demanding Bear Proof Dumpsters because they are very effective, but consumers have to insist on the product for it to be made available on the east coast.

Already this year, 2013, it is extremely dry and the DEC has already had numerous reports of bear problems. Bears are attracted to residential garbage, dumpsters. Food hangs don’t work, don’t feed the dogs and cats outside, the bears will find their food.

No hand feeding or that bear will be in your house demanding food. He’ll break in, and he’ll wreck your house and he may even go to the bathroom in your home. The DEC will euthanize every single one of the hand fed bears. Don’t habituate bears because there is no rehabilitating bears once they are used to human contact.

Last summer the notorious Little Bear died among great controversy in Long Lake. Unfortunately a property owner who simply didn’t know that feeding would result in the bear’s death was feeding Little Bear. The bear feeding was happening because the bear was young, needy and hungry and the human felt bad for the bear. It was an honest mistake that can be corrected by education. The bear had become used to humans. After multiple sightings, the final straw occurred after the bear grabbed an ice cream cone out of a child’s hand at Stewarts. Bears are wild animals. They may be cute, and they may not hunt humans, but bears can and will swat at people if provoked and if they aren’t afraid because they’ve been used to human contact and human food.

Habituated bears will wander near roads and get hit by cars. Folks in the Adirondacks live in bear country so be respectful of the bears and be responsible. They couldn’t stress enough the importance of not leaving food out for the bears. A few years ago, in Old Forge, vehicles killed 19 bears. During hunting season only four bears were taken. Why did cars kill the bears? Because bears had found human food resources and they were living in and near the community and wandering around after dark and no one can see them at night because their fur absorbs all of the light.

How do you stop a bear from become too friendly or curious?
Remove the attraction, make noise, and use bear resistant cans when you hike or at home. The ways of the past has changed. Bears adapt and learn. Rubber buckshot at one time was commonly used to ward off and scare off bears. These days, rubber buckshot doesn’t work . The bears aren’t even scared of it. If they are hungry, they continue to eat their food. The DEC doesn’t move bears anymore because the bears will return and will travel great distances to get home. One bear that was moved out of a populated area was moved 80 miles from its home. It took several weeks, but due to tagging he was traced and returned back to his habitat after traveling 120 miles in the woods.

If you see a bear and it’s a menace call 897-1291 or 897-1326 and report it. Ben or KC will come out and address your bear issues. KC Kelly is the only DEC Encon officer in Northern Hamilton County so he has a lot of ground to cover, but he will respond. He also asked; if you have a neighbor, or see someone attracting bears to your neighborhood, anything unnatural, to call and report it. He just needs the address, not the name, so it takes a community to keep the bears safe.

Humans and bears should ignore each other. Long live the bears.

Article originally written and published by Alexandra Roalsvig May 10, 2013

TOP TEN REASONS TO VISIT LONG LAKE IN THE SPRING

1.     WALK.  Visit the Lake Eaton Campground before it officially opens to hear the loons sing before all the campers get here.


2.     HIKE a mountain!  Our hikes such as Coney, Goodman or Mt. Sabattis near the Long Lake area offer stellar views, smaller crowds, less time and big payoffs for views. And if you are extra ambitious, visit Owls Head Mountain off of Endion Road in Long Lake for a genuine authentic Fire Tower experience.
 

Goodman Mountain view. Photo by Sheridan Mish


3.     EXPLORE.  Check out the Cedarlands Easement off of Kickerville Road before the seasonal access for the season closes to the public on June 23rd, don’t worry, it opens back up on August 23rd, but get in to visit while you can. For those who miss the deadline, that’s ok, Mud Pond is accessible year-round and now there is a short carry trail available for ambitious paddlers that don’t mind trudging along a new trail with their paddling equipment. Be prepared, there is a carry to the put in!

 

4.     SHOP! First dibs on the new inventory at Hoss’s Country Corner!  That’s clothing, stuffed animals, new camping and fishing gear and unique Adirondack gifts and souvenirs and one of the best Adirondack book collections around!  And re-opening for the season on Memorial Day is Wide River Antiques! Check out their new website here: https://wideriverantiques.com
 


5.     EAT! Almost all the restaurants & eateries are now open for the season. Check out delicious specials and entrees at the Long Lake Diner, The Cellar Restaurant and Pub, the Raquette Lake Tap Rooms newly expanded dining area, The Long View Lodge, The Adirondack Hotel, and the ADK Trading Post.  https://mylonglake.com/long-lake-dining/
 

6.     SLEEP. Our traditional lodging properties offer a wide variety of lakeside cottages with expansive views, historic hotel rooms, or screened in porches.  Plenty of options and lower prices and here’s one for the books… No Occupancy Tax!  https://mylonglake.com/long-lake-lodging/
 


7.     DRINK. In New York State customers can order their favorite  to-go adult beverages and take it back to your lodging.  Get your favorite mixed drinks and lounge at your home-base.
 
8.     GROCERIES. We have groceries, and fresh vegetables all year-round, offerings available at Hoss’s and ADK Trading Post. Check out convenient on-line ordering curbside at The ADK Trading Post https://www.adktradingpost.com. You can even order paninis on-line now too! Northern Borne is now open for the season too. 
 

9.     WATERFALLS. Visit 3 waterfalls in one day!  Death Brook Falls in Raquette Lake, Buttermilk Falls  in Long Lake and Bog River Falls off Horseshoe Lake Road between Long Lake & Tupper Lake. These waterfalls are all drivable and short walks from the car. Great to visit while the water is high in the springtime.

Photo used with permission: Instagram @brenttnerb

10.  FISHING! Fishing season for Trout and Salmon is now open!  The waters in and around the Long Lake/Raquette Lake region is located in Region 5 for NYSDEC Fishing Regulations. Here is a link, https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7917.html
 
Make sure to review all the rules for the water you plan on fishing.  Need a license? Visit Hoss’s Country Corner for your fishing license and all your bait, lures and fishing gear. 
 
Bass and Pike season opens the 3rd Saturday in June. Check out the rules for Trout, Lake Trout, Land-locked Salmon in Sargent Ponds, Bog Pond, Lake Eaton, Clear Pond, High Pond, Loon Pond, Lost Pond, Mays Pond, Mosquito Pond, Owls Head Pond, Raquette Lake, Round Lake, Bug Lake and Sagamore Lake.   Bait fish is prohibited in some of the waters around the region, so please check out the NYSDEC Fishing Regulations so you are up to date.

Black Fly

FULL DISCLOSURE:

If you have never visited the Adirondacks in the spring months, we must be honest with you.  There are nefarious creatures known as Black Flies that can make visiting at this time of year extremely frustrating and uncomfortable.  We wait all winter for spring to arrive and in Mid-May through June we are bombarded by flies.  People who love the Adirondacks no matter what put up with it and have survival fly methods including using ample bug spray, commercially produced or natural, it’s users choice. Other methods include using bug nets, hats.  Don’t wear black and avoid perfumes, and fruity scents. 

It can completely jar your experience if you aren’t prepared for this, so please understand, we do want you to come and enjoy our area while it is quiet and spring is blossoming, but you have to be prepared for these creatures. 

Flies are most active several hours after sunrise and an hour or two before sunset.  Black fly bites do not spread disease to humans, but they are painful, itchy, and can even cause allergic reactions in some people.

The insects lay their eggs in clean, fast-running water – like rivers and streams – that are commonly located in wooded areas. This is why you’re most likely to encounter them when you’re hiking, camping, paddling, or fishing in or near the woods.

How to Repel Black Flies
1. Protect your skin.  Wear long sleeves and pants at all times when outdoors. Because they are attracted to dark colors, it’s also a good idea to wear light-colored clothing, such as khaki, tan, or white.

2. Mask up & Net up!   Flies are are attracted to the carbon dioxide we exhale. 

3. Fan up.  You may think everyone is waving at you while you drive through our small local towns, but chances are they are waving their hands and hats to repel flies.

If you get attacked by black flies – it is common for them to bite ears and necks and exposed skin. So don’t be alarmed.  Use witch hazel and calamine lotion to soothe the pain and take it easy.  

Please note: This is why screened in porches are the best in May and June. 

Sources: https://www.farmersalmanac.com/black-flies-17347 accessed 5/17/2021

Saints Crew vs. Union College Crew 2021 Long Lake, NY

In a post-Covid world the Saints Crew and Union College Men and Women’s crew teams had a match up on Long Lake, NY on April 24, 2021.

Race Results:

Mens Novice – Winner: Union College by two feet

Varsity Women – Winner: Union College Varsity women by length of open water

Varsity Men – Winner: Saint SLU Varsity Men’s by a length of open water over Union College.

Races were tight. Day started out with gusty winds, settled down by race time. We will see you in 2022, Mothers Day Weekend! 

 

Thank you to the Long Lake Rescue Squad, Adirondack Hotel, ADK Trading Post and Another Paradise Cove for your event support. Special thanks Long Lake Parks & Recreation for event set up and hosting. 

St. Lawrence University

Union College 

Thanks to all the participants for following all Covid-19 protocols and masking up! 

Long Lake Central School Not Slated to Receive Funding

From Long Lake Central School, April 5, 2021

Link to newsletter here:

Long Lake CSD has not received any federal COVID-relief funding due to the funds being allocated based on a formula that leaves out schools like ours. We don’t fit the formula and as a result we have been left out and left behind. While there is $134,948,000 allocated for the North Country, Long Lake is not currently scheduled to receive any of that money.

To give some comparisons, some of our neighboring school districts will receive the following projected COVID-relief funding. It’s important to note that this does not include any previous funding received through two rounds of the CARES Act at the end of 2020. This is the third round of funding projection:

Wells CSD: $245,000

Lake Pleasant CSD: $199,000

Newcomb CSD: $153,000

Minerva CSD: $262,000

Johnsburg CSD: $808,000

Westport CSD: $702,000

Tupper Lake CSD: $984,000

Lake Placid CSD: $743,000

To see the full district-by-district breakdown you can visit this website. This will bring you to Senator Schumer’s webpage and then prompt you to download an Excel spreadsheet that is organized by region and county. You will notice that Indian Lake CSD is the only other school in the North Country that is not projected to receive any funding.

To note, I highlight the projected funding for our neighbors to simply make clear what Long Lake CSD deserves to receive. The same is true for Indian Lake CSD. I have worked closely with Indian Lake CSD Superintendent David Snide in our efforts to reach out to our representatives to make our story known. I believe that our neighbors deserve every dime of their projected funding and am asking our representatives to find a way for our district to receive comparable funding. The money is there. They just need to do the work to advocate on our behalf and find a solution.

Why aren’t we included? The money was allocated based on a formula that is reliant on past census data that doesn’t adequately represent our true population.

The money is allocated based on the Title I formula. The Title I formula is reliant on census data to identify schools based on need and it requires a minimum number as the threshold. According to the 2010 census, Long Lake CSD has 5 students between the ages of 5-17 that identify as living in poverty, which according to that same data represents 11% of our population. To be eligible for Title I funding, you need at least 10 students.

If our district’s poverty rate is the only means that qualifies our district for funding, we more than meet the requirement. Our Free and Reduced Lunch population, which is updated on an annual basis and more accurately represents our student population, is at 39% of our students. In sum, we have been knocked out of the funding because the census data is old and is only as good as the number of people who participate. Additionally, since the formula is based on a minimum number rather than a percentage, we do not qualify.

Long Lake Central School deserves funding just as much as any other school district. We have incurred significant financial expenses due to COVID and we also deserve the opportunity to invest in upgrades in technology, programming, and equipment that positions our school to better prepared for future challenges.

COVID knocked us all down, and it is only fair that all schools are given equitable access and support to get back up on our feet. While we are one of the few schools in the state that has been left out of any federal funding, I am confident that our elected officials at the state and federal levels can work together to find another funding source to correct this oversight.

Please join me and asking them to step up and speak out for us. Below is contact information for our elected officials. There is power in numbers, and whether you still live in Long Lake or not, as someone who is connected to our school, your time and support would mean a great deal.

Senator James Tedisco:

Albany Office: 518-455-2181

Email: tedisco@nysenate.gov

Office Addresses: https://www.nysenate.gov/senators/james-tedisco/contact

 

Assemblyman Robert Smullen:

Albaby Office: 518-743-0964

Email: smullenr@nyassembly.gov

Office Addresses: https://nyassembly.gov/mem/Robert-Smullen/contact/

 


Congresswoman Elise Stefanik:

DC Office: 202-225-4611

Glens Falls Office: 518-743-0964

Website Email and Office Addresses: https://stefanik.house.gov/contact

 


Senator Kirsten Gillibrand:

DC Office: 202-224-4451

Albany Office: 518-431-0120

Website Email: https://www.gillibrand.senate.gov/contact/email-me

Office Addresses: https://www.gillibrand.senate.gov/contact/office-locations

 


Senator Charles Schumer:

DC Office: 202-224-6542

Albany Office: (518) 431-4070

Website Email: https://www.schumer.senate.gov/contact/email-chuck

Office Addresses: https://www.schumer.senate.gov/contact/office-locations

 

 

 

Sincerely,

Ms. Noelle Short

Superintendent/Principal

(518)624-2221 ext. 206

nshort@longlakecsd.org

 


#llcsstrong

#adktough

#smallschoolbigideas

#smallschoolbigheart
 
 

Trout Season Opens April 1, 2021

man with large trout in Raquette Lake

Well, we may be having a snowstorm today, and the ice hasn’t completely gone out yet, but it’s official, New York State Trout Season is now officially open on Thursday, April 1, 2021.

In preparation for opening day, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is stocking 1.8 million catchable trout in waters across the state. In addition to larger size fish being stocked this year, some stream reaches will receive four stockings of trout. 

New York State offers a diverse set of fishing opportunities for wild and stocked trout. Under the State’s new Trout Stream Management Plan, DEC has grouped stream fishing opportunities into five distinct categories for improved management and easy-to-understand regulations to help make fishing more accessible and enjoyable for all anglers, from novice to expert.

Trout Stocking in Long Lake happens from April until May – with local water bodies being stocked including: Rainbow Trout in Clear Pond, Lake Eaton, and Brown Trout in the Raquette River.  Link here for more info on stocking.

 

trout under water

NYS DEC announces access to current Trout Information.

New Interactive Trout Stream Fishing Map|

To provide additional information about how and where anglers can find their preferred type of trout angling opportunities, DEC is launching an interactive Trout Stream Fishing Map to provide a one-stop-shop for information about stocking, fishing access, season dates, and regulations on the DECinfo Locator. All Wild-Quality, Wild-Premier, Stocked, and Stocked-Extended reaches are mapped, and DEC will complete the mapping of Wild categorized reaches later this year. Links to the Trout Stream Fishing Map and a User Guide are available at DEC’s website.

trout info

Winter Bingo Challenge Complete!

The Winter Bingo Challenge of 2021 is now in the books!  

Participants and Winners:

Steph Hample Long Lake, NY

Tara Murphy Long Lake NY

Cathy Herrling Elbridge NY

Latasha Thompson Ballston Spa and Long Lake, NY

Julie Veronezi Chatham NY

Dave West Windsor CT

 

Stay tuned for more announcements heading our way for the Summer 2021 Outdoor Recreation Challenge!  

Winter Challenge Bingo Card 2021
WINTER BINGO 2021

2021 Winter Bingo Long and Raquette Lakes

Long Lake announces Winter Wonderland Bingo highlighting activities and featuring outdoor recreation as a contest running until February 28th. 
 
The specially designed Bingo cards will be posted on social media, and printed cards will be available at the Long Lake Town Office and area businesses starting February 12th.  It is free to participate. Participants are invited to do as many activities as they can with prizes available depending on how many tasks are completed. Participants completing one row of Bingo receive a gift card, completing five random activities will win a sticker and completing all 25 tasks will garner a selection of prizes and the ultimate winner will compete for a gift basket featuring items from Long Lake and Raquette Lake merchants.
 
How to play?  Cross off activities as completed and take photos of the card showing completed tasks.  Submit digital photos via email or to the uploader for prizes. Participants in the game should submit photo proof of purchase for any meals/shopping and photos of activities to longlakeevents@gmail.com or can directly use an uploader link at https://upload.crowdriff.com/lakesbingo. Participants on Instagram are invited to post their fun activities and use hashtag #mylonglakebingo  #barkeaterbingo #YesLongLake and follow the page at www.instagram.com/mylonglake
 
 
Featured tasks include indoor and outdoor activities ranging from reading Adirondack books, visiting area retail stores trying out cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing and skating and more. 
 
 
For more info about lodging, dining, public health information visit mylonglake.com
 
 
 

For those interested in finding out more info on the activities.

Link to Blog Post about the Three Brook X-C Ski Trail Here.

 

 

Skating will be open daily at the Long Lake Geiger Arena during Winter Break. call 518-624-3031 for conditions.

View from Mt. Sabattis Overlook

Access Cascades Trail down Sagamore Road in Raquette Lake, NY off of Route 28.

Cascades Trail Sagamore
Boreas Ponds

Adirondack Winterscapes from the Boreas Ponds in North Hudson NY

written by Stephen J. Lemieux

 

 

Skiing Boreas Ponds

Travelogue:  January 31, 2021.

I did a cross country ski trek approximately fifteen (15) miles round trip to finally get the ADK scenery that I couldn’t get last year when I did this ski.

The Gulf Brook Road to and from the ponds is roughly eighty (80) percent UPHILL skiing. I went this past Sunday (1/31/21) and it was very cold to start up gradually warmed up…slightly.


The very first parking lot as you turn on the Gulf Brook Road entrance from the Blue Ridge Road is plowed and open. There is a good size snowbank you must tromp over and work around the yellow swing gate to get to the sign-in register. After that, it is all hard skiing as the road is not groomed or maintained.

That Sunday, I experienced low temperatures ranged from -1 to 5 degrees, especially in the shade. However, as the sun came out and sustained without a cloud in the sky, the temps ranged from 20 to 25 degrees which helped immensely! The clouds came in as I got closer to my car so I was very thankful.

All weather situations are different, so be prepared regardless and bring water or sports drinks in bottles that can slosh or move in a backpack. Do not bring a Camelback with a hose line as I did before on my first trip last year, or it WILL freeze up.


I am still recovering as my legs feel like jello still but it was well worth it from last year as I said. That year, I got to the ponds after it being very windy and downright cold, I couldn’t get the views I got this year.

 

Written by Stephen J. Lemieux from Adirondack Aerial & Ground Imagery. Used with permission. Originally published on Facebook on February 2, 2021. 

 

Link to NYS DEC Winter Safety Information

https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/112826.html

Boreas Pond Map

Stephen has been sharing his photography and adventures with the Town of Long Lake through his active instagram and Facebook pages.   

He can be reached at https://www.facebook.com/stephen.j.lemieux

Boreas Ponds photo