2022

Bike Long Lake Huge Success

The Town of Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department successfully partnered with Bike Long Lake to launch a community service program for local children to work for credit towards a brand-new mountain bike.

Bike Long Lake was created after 2K of mountain bike trails opened on Mt. Sabattis in Long Lake, NY in 2021. Bike Long Lake’s mission is to ensure every child in Long Lake and Raquette Lake has an opportunity to earn a bike to enjoy the new recreation trails with more trails slated to be built out this fall.

This program was open to children in both Long Lake and Raquette Lake from 3rd grade to 12th grade. Twenty children from Long Lake participated and completed 23 community service projects in March, April and May.

Projects included tapping trees for a local maple syrup operation, raking yards, stacking wood, moving furniture, gardening, recycling, and helping with a home renovation. This unique program put kids from elementary and high school together which worked out successfully as the older students mentored the younger ones.

Parents participated in an information session in February with program coordinator Kate Connolly who worked as the liaison for the Bike Long Lake organization. Kate worked with Long Lake Parks and Recreation Director, Alexandra Roalsvig, to identify community service projects, schedule dates and assign groups of children to each location. Parents, grandparents, and friends helped transport children to the individual sites and stayed while the work was being completed. 

On Saturday, May 21st 18 mountain bikes arrived at the Mt. Sabattis Recreation area, home to 2K of mountain bike/shared use recreation trails in Long Lake, NY. In addition to bikes, children also received Cannondale helmets and a Bike Long Lake sticker.  

The Town of Long Lake, located in Hamilton County, is a year-round Adirondack family destination, bursting with activities and nature for all. The town encompasses two well-known lakes, Long Lake and Raquette Lake, and waterways including the Raquette River, the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, the 90 Miler Route, hiking trails and the Mt. Sabattis Recreation Area with 2K of shared use biking/walking trails, basketball and tennis courts and a beginner skateboard recreation park. 

Men’s Rowing Race Returns to Long Lake, NY

On Sunday, May 8, 2022 the Men’s rowing teams from St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY and Union College, Schenectady, NY will vie for the Great Adirondack Cup at the Long Lake Town Beach located at 1258 Main Street, NYS Route 30 in Long Lake, NY.
 
This will be the 5th matchup between these two crew teams in Long Lake, NY, having taken off one year in 2020 due to Covid-19. The Annual Great Adirondack Boat Race is tentatively slated to kick off from the Long Lake Town Beach between 9am and 10am weather dependent. The race could start earlier if needed due to weather and wind. The start time of the race is subject to change without notice.  
 
The area between Helms Aero Service and the Town Beach Restrooms will be reserved for parking for team trailers and shells starting Saturday, May 7th through Sunday, May 8th.
 
The event is free.  Parking for spectators will be along the NYS Route 30, Main Street on the Jennings Park Pond side of the road with additional spectator parking available at Long Lake Central School. 
 
For more information call the Long Lake Parks, Recreation and Tourism department at 518-624-3077 or check mylonglake.com

Generous Acts Grant Awards Announced

 
The Town of Long Lake is excited to announce they have received $5000 in funding for “Wayfinding and History Kiosks: Finding Our Place in the Woods” from Adirondack Foundation’s Generous Acts Program.


This project will allow the Town of Long Lake to install historical, interpretive maps and kiosks at two new trailheads including the Mt. Sabattis Mountain Bike Park and a new trail to be announced and opened this summer.  The signs will provide hikers and bikers of all age’s insight and perspective on the Adirondacks, the waterways and the place-based history of the area.


“We are thrilled to accept this award from Generous Acts to help enhance our expanding trail assets and outdoor recreational experiences. We look forward to telling the story of these newly added trails with our kiosks and know they will enrich the lives of our community members and visitors,” said Alexandra Roalsvig, Long Lake Parks, Recreation and Tourism Director.

Mountain Bikers ready to hit the trails in October 2021 at Mt. Sabattis, Long Lake, NY

Raquette Lake has the longest ambulance ride to a hospital in all of New York State!

The Adirondack Foundation is awarding $14,705 to the Raquette Lake Fire Department for the Community Room Basic Facility and Communication Support.  The Raquette Lake Fire Department is planning to break ground on their new Fire Department building in the summer of 2022 as they celebrate their 75th anniversary. The funds received from the grant will cover the cost of furnishings for the new community meeting room in the new building. 
 
Raquette Lake is known as being the community with the longest ambulance ride in New York State with mileage of 76 miles either direction to Utica or to Glens Falls.

Long Lake Rescue Squad Captain Carl Turner announces the Long Lake Rescue Squad was granted an award of $3000 for the replacement of 30-year-old CPR mannequins. The new mannequins will be used to coach EMT trainees and student users to perform proper rate and depth of compressions during emergency training.
 
The award also replaces outdated AED (automated external defibrillator) training equipment.
 

New training devices will be purchased by the Long Lake Rescue Squad with grant funds. 

The Adirondack Foundation awarded a Generous Acts grant to the C.V. Whitney Long Lake Public Library in the amount of $1,800.00 for “Bridging the Digital Divide” encompassing the use of digital services and future demands of the community.
 
Library Director, Kristel Guimara, stated, “the award provides a service to the library by continuing the use of internet tools and operating services, engaging the public through social media to showcase new items in the circulation, upcoming programs, community events, and share photos on the beauty of our town.”
 

Long Lake Library continues to offer digital access with their grant funding. 

The Town of Long Lake, located in Hamilton County, is a year-round Adirondack family destination, bursting with activities and nature for all. The town encompasses two well-known lakes, Long Lake and Raquette Lake, and waterways including the Raquette River as part of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, the 90 Miler Route and abundant hiking trails. The Town provides locals and visitors with the quintessential small town Adirondack experience. The communities of Long Lake and Raquette Lake look forward to a sustaining a prosperous future for the next generation.
 
Support for this work is from Generous Acts at Adirondack Foundation – a force for good that pools gifts from generous donors who love the Adirondacks and care about our communities. Adirondack Foundation enhances the lives of the people in the Adirondacks through philanthropy. To learn more, visit adirondackfoundation.org/GenerousActs

New hiking trail opening this summer. To be announced! Stay tuned!

Maps for Mt. Bike Trails will be highlighted on new kiosk at Mt. Sabattis

Ukrainian Aid Project Spearheaded by Raquette Laker

Ukrainian Train Station

Refugees from the war in Ukraine seek shelter at a sports center in Warsaw, Poland, on March 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

On 24 February 2022, Russia began a military invasion of Ukraine, in a major escalation of the Russo-Ukrainian conflict that began in 2014. It is the largest military conflict in Europe since World War II.
 
More than 3.5 million Ukrainians have fled the country since the Feb. 24 invasion, including about 2.2 million to Poland, according to the United Nations.

Rebecca Pohl is a high school counselor at the American School of Warsaw, Poland. Rebecca grew up in Raquette Lake in the Adirondacks of Upstate NY. Rebecca never shies away from hard work or facing a challenge. Her penchant for adventure has taken her all over the globe traveling, teaching, learning, and helping others.
 
Growing up in Raquette Lake, Rebecca worked on the W.W. Durant cruise-n-dine boat with her parents, Dean and Donna Pohl, and her brothers and sister where she learned about hard work, generosity of spirit, and the value of community.

“Growing up in the Adirondacks showed me how important community is, and that’s something I’ve taken with me in all my travels. I remember one of my classmates in elementary school lost his home in a fire; his family survived but lost everything, and the community pulled together to help them. Now 2.5 million people have fled Ukraine and crossed into Poland. Most have arrived with only a small backpack or duffel bag, and they likely have nothing to go back to when this is all over. There is no question that we have to help them.”   

Rebecca graduated from University of Rochester with a Bachelors in History and minor in Ethics. After graduating from college, Rebecca worked in the hospitality industry and eventually enrolled at the UNC Charlotte for a Master’s of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language. 
 
Rebecca lived and taught in Mexico from 2010 to 2014 where she worked as a high school English teacher and college counselor. In 2014 Rebecca started working in China which allowed her to finance her graduate certificate in School Administration and Teacher Supervision from Johns Hopkins University. 
 
In 2016 Rebecca moved to Zambia as a school counselor. While in Zambia she enrolled in a Master of Science in Children and Young People’s Mental Health Counseling and Psychological Practice at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland), and she expects to graduate next year. Rebecca moved to Poland in 2019 and where she is currently living and working as a school counselor for the American School of Warsaw.  

Apartment Living. Photo by Rebecca Pohl

When Russia attacked Ukraine on February 24, 2022, Rebecca opened up her home to Ukrainian refugees and what started out as a personal Facebook post about hosting and promoting the fundraising efforts of the American School in Warsaw to help displaced Ukraninans, morphed into a gigantic volunteer effort and personal journey for Rebecca.  
 
Rebecca’s friends, many living stateside, were seeking ways to help devastated Ukrainians fleeing their county in record numbers. Rebecca spearheaded an effort along with the assistance of her mom, Donna Pohl, and sister, Rachel Pohl. Donna and Rachel offered to collect donations and then get them to Rebecca. Rebecca put her boots on the ground to collaborate with colleagues and friends to ensure that donations make into the hands of those that need it immediately. 

 
Rebecca gave new arrivals a place to stay allowing them much needed breathing room before moving on to find their next place to live. Rebecca has enlisted the help of friends and colleagues to work and shop with her to purchase goods and transport them and distribute items to Ukrainians arriving daily at the train station. She says, “Everyone I know is helping, and nearly everyone is hosting.  The generosity and care here is incredible.”  She’s even enlisted the help of a 5th grade class to help build hygiene packs bound for the border. 

Here are some highlights from Rebecca’s personal Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/rebeccamildredpohl 

Links to Rebecca’s page and complete posts and ways to donate are provided in the links below.  
 
Things to Know
 
The Polish złoty (PLN) is the official currency of Poland, issued by the National Bank of Poland. 
 
Makro – Makro is an international brand of warehouse clubs, also called Cash and Carries. 
 
Biedronka is a chain of supermarkets. It is the largest chain of discount shops in Poland.
 
Centrum is a neighborhood in Warsaw and home to the Central Train Station.
 

In her own words 

March 7 at 6:51 PM
Mother Iryna and daughter Oksana have arrived! Oksana, age 11, speaks some English. Rambo is being nice to them, showing some love, and it nearly brought Iryna to tears. It is good to have a dog around. I gave Iryna and Oksana my bedroom; Rambo and I are sleeping in the spare bedroom. And he has informed me that he will not be sleeping on his dog bed and instead will be sleeping next to me. Have tried a few times. He’s refusing to budge.
 

March 10 at 12:53 PM  · 
Iryna and Oksana have arrived safely in Zgorzelec (a Polish town on the German border) and are now with Iryna’s cousin. 
 
I am blown away by the team effort that has materialized out of nowhere, with random people chipping in with what they can. Yesterday I returned home with a surprise for Oksana – her first Harry Potter book in English (her favorite – the one about Sirius Black) and some art supplies, all donated by parents from my school who replied to my post in the parent Facebook group. I had one very happy little girl on my hands! And perhaps an even happier mama. 
 
I also managed to convince them to accept 1000 PLN (about $230). Iryna was adamant that she couldn’t accept any money, that I had helped so much already, but I pointed out that the money was from my friends in the US (therefore, not my money!)
 
I also sent them off with an N95 mask each. Iryna’s eyes lit up when I asked if they needed them. Gotta stay safe, especially in this crisis! There are a LOT of people crowded into small areas.
 

March 11 at 3:59 PM  · 
 
Tonight my friend and colleague Teo and I went down to the central station to register my extra room and see if we could bring a family or couple home with me. There were a lot of people in lines, and some camped out, seemingly with nowhere to go. It was not uncommon to see people carrying their things in canvas shopping bags. There were lots of volunteers, with their languages listed on a sheet stapled to their fluorescent vests, and also people passing out free food. I even saw one woman handing out dog treats to those with puppers. 
 
The registration process was pretty simple, with a volunteer typing my information into a spreadsheet. They said they’d call me. 
 
That’s when I got a message from Galina, the woman who brought Iryna and Oksana to my house on Monday. She is looking for a room for a mother (50-ish) and daughter (25-ish) and they will come tomorrow and stay for an unknown period of time. So it looks like Rambo and I get one more night to ourselves. 

The first woman who we gave money to. I’m in the red scarf, and the Polish/English speaking volunteer has the long hair, and the woman on my other side is the Polish/Ukrainian speaking volunteer. This mother of two boys was very grateful.

March 12 at 5:07 PM  · 
 
This morning I got a message from my friend and colleague Kevin, asking how I was distributing the funds I was receiving from my friends and family at home. So we decided to make a trip to the central train station to donate items and pass cash to families we identified as particularly vulnerable. 
 
I learned last night from the volunteers at the train station that they really needed deodorant and Chapstick among other things, so I picked up 632 PLN ($146) worth of deodorant and Chapstick to bring down to the train station. Kevin brought a load of cat food. When we got there, we milled about a bit, trying to find out where to drop off the stuff first. 
 
A kind volunteer helped, directing me to the hygiene tent and taking Kevin with her to the place where pet food was stored. Near the hygiene tent, there were also tents for food (both packaged/wrapped, and one tent where people could get a hot meal), clothes, and medical supplies. There is an army of volunteers who man these tents at all hours of the day, and the needs are endless.
 
Once we had unloaded those donations, we looked around for a multilingual volunteer who might be able to help us approach families. We found one volunteer, maybe 17, who was bilingual Polish/English, and then she found another volunteer who was bilingual Polish/Ukrainian. So with their help, (English to Polish to Ukrainian, and then Ukrainian to Polish to English) we managed to hand out envelopes to families, mostly single mothers with multiple young children, with each family receiving 500-1000 PLN ($115-230 USD), depending on family size. 
 
Some declined our offers, saying that there were others who needed it more; others accepted, and sometimes there were tears and hugs, and some wanted to take photos with us. Others accepted but were hesitant and silent, with eyes cast to the floor, and we felt it best just to give them the envelopes and move on. 
 
In total, I handed out 5000 PLN (about $1150 USD), and Kevin handed out 4000 PLN (about $1000 USD). Considering the average monthly wage in Ukraine is less than $500 USD per month, this money represented a small fortune for these people. For comparison, the average monthly wage in Poland is $1370 USD per month. 
 

March 13 at 1:49 PM  · 
 
Mom Natasha (age 53) and daughter Masha (age 25) have moved in! 
 
They came with me on Rambo’s walk in the forest this afternoon, and Rambo was eagerly available to assist while they made dinner. The fabulous parents at my school have signed up to provide dinners for us, so I’ll be bringing home dinner every night after school, but Natasha and Masha cooked tonight. Plain pasta, hot dogs, tomato, and white bread. I can’t say it was my favorite meal, but the company was good. 
 
Thank god for Google Translate! And actually, Google Translate is better than I realized. There is a conversation option that picks up your spoken language, translates it, and then plays the translation. Sometimes it doesn’t make sense, but it’s pretty good if you use direct, clear sentences. 
 
Natasha works as a purchaser in a construction company. Right now they are building a coal mine, though of course construction has halted. But she can do her job remotely, which is why I moved my desk into her room. Masha is a manager in a clothing store. They both live in Kyiv now, though they are from Donetsk, but were displaced from there as well due to war eight years ago. (Look up the war in Donbas for more info – it was part of this same Ukrainian-Russian conflict, which has been on-going for years.) 

 
These ladies can’t catch a break!

March 16 at 5:41 PM  · 
 
Tomorrow I’ll be making a trip to the train station to deliver essential hygiene products. It hasn’t been easy finding vendors selling the quantities that I’m looking for, and my first order of deodorant was cancelled, so I had to find another vendor and place another order.
 
After unloading tomorrow, I’ll be meeting with Jarmiła, a well-known activist who is spearheading the efforts down at the train station. 
 
Jarmiła has requested HUGE quantities of bottled water (10,000 bottles), juice boxes with straw (3,000), chocolate/waffle bars (5,000), and so on. You can drink the water from the tap here, but there are no water fountains in the train station, so they need bottled water. 
 
This invasion and the resulting refugee crisis has created a rubbish crisis as well. The quantities of garbage are astounding as so many items are single use or tiny (100ml or 3 oz.). 
 

March 18 at 5:44 AM 
 
Yesterday after school Kevin and I loaded up my car with apple juice, tampons, diapers, baby wipes, lotion, toothbrushes, and toothpaste. It all fit, with Kevin holding a few diapers on his lap. When we arrived in Centrum, my contact Paulina guided me to the unloading zone so that we could unload directly at the tents. They were very appreciative. 
 
They were really short on food, so Kevin and I made a run to Makro, which is a Costco-type store that requires a membership. We loaded up two carts of the items they requested – individually wrapped things like granola bars, juices, croissants, etc, plus apples and clementines. 
 
There are 1000 Ukrainian students enrolling in Polish schools every day, and they all need school supplies. We’ve received requests for backpacks and school supplies, so I’m in the process of loading 100 backpacks with a supply pack including pencils, pens, sharpener, small calculator, protractor and ruler, colored pencils or crayons, highlighters, a pencil case, and a notebook. It’s going to be a lot of work to put each backpack together, but I know Rambo will keep me on task.

One of the army of volunteers at the train station

One of the army of volunteers at the train station

March 22 at 4:09 AM  · 
Another massive grocery run to Makro last night, and this time I brought my friend and colleague Maggie so that we could fill two cars. And fill we did! We ended up with six carts full of juice boxes, wafer bars, animal crackers, 7-Day croissants, apples, mandarins, and bananas. 
 
It was too hard to drive two carts at once, so this involved three fills and three trips to the register with each of us driving a cart. 
 
Trip 1 – 1208.44 PLN ($305.05 USD), Trip 2 – 1900.71 PLN ($452.82 USD), and Trip 3 – 620.69 PLN ($147.87 USD, for a total of $905.74 USD. That’s a lot of juice boxes and snacks!
 
Another interesting fact – the young woman who checked us out at the register on our second transaction said that she had spent Friday (her day off) at a warehouse where she was making bulletproof vests. 
 
Multiple volunteers came up to say thank you for our massive delivery. While they are getting donations regularly, it’s not always what they need. For example, there are people bringing canned goods like beans. I am sure their heart is in the right place, but how are refugees supposed to cook and eat beans when they are sleeping on the floor in the train station? It felt really good to rock up with EXACTLY what was needed.

Backpack Project

March 25 at 8:38 AM  
 
100 backpacks packed, each with 1 notebook, 1 geometry set, 1 calculator, 1 package of pencils (12), 1 package of colored pencils or crayons, and 1 pencil case (with 5 blue pens, 4 highlighters each a different color, and a pencil sharpener). We had an assembly line and got through this in about an hour. We found, however, that we needed more boxes since the filled backpacks took up more space than when empty, so this necessitated a trip to my building’s garbage room where I fished some boxes out of the dumpster. So 100 backpacks filled with school supplies and ready for Ukrainian students who have enrolled in Polish public schools. 
 

March 27 
 
Another big run to Makro yesterday (Saturday), this time with my dear friend and colleague Joan. We loaded both of our cars with all the usual stuff – juice boxes, wafer bars, granola bars, crackers, apples, and bananas. There was not a single 7-Day Croissant in all of Makro! Hopefully that means people are buying them up and bringing them to various refugee in-take sites. 
 
After delivering that first load, I decided to make one more run to Makro since it’s close to the center, and I live about 45 minutes away, so it made sense to do an extra run while I was in that area. On that second trip, I bought out all of the yogurt drinks on the shelf and more apples, and then loaded up on some sort of muffin for children and animal crackers, again buying out the entire shelf. 
 
I’m still blown away by how quickly the supplies go down at the train station. Refugees arrive daily, and they are scared, tired, and cold. Luckily the weather is improving, and it hasn’t been rainy at all. I can only imagine how much worse it would be for them if every time they went to the food tent, they also got wet and then had nowhere to dry. And then the floors would be wet, too, making everything that much more uncomfortable.
 

March 30, 2022
 
I’ve got the trips to Makro down to a science. Yesterday my friend and colleague Jonica joined me, so we were able to bring a LOT of stuff to the train station between my car and her Big Mama vehicle: apples, bananas, juice boxes, drinkable yogurts, animal crackers and goldfish, children’s muffins, chocolate bars…this was 6 full carts, and we were full to the brim. 
 
When we arrived, the volunteers recruited some of the military guys to help unload. (After first loading the cart, and then loading from the cart to the car, I simply don’t want to help unload at the train station, too.) They had a good stock of supplies, but their donations continue to be inconsistent, so it’s good that we went yesterday. That said, we cleaned Makro out and took all the items that would be useful. 
 
The trains are still arriving daily, and they’re full of hungry, scared people and our supplies turn into their breakfast and lunches, or snacks to go. The trains have slowed somewhat, but they are still coming. It’s unclear how this situation will be resolved. Additionally, the refugees who were previously sleeping on mattresses and mats on the floor in the train station are no longer there. No one seems to know where they have gone, but I hope this means that they have warm beds to sleep in. There are many, many initiatives running. There is hope and so many helpful people donating their time and energy.
 
Six carts in three trips through the register: 788.79 PLN ($185.35 USD), 2,507.58 PLN ($589.24 USD), and 1,819.23 PLN ($427.49 USD), totaling $1,202.08 USD.
 
And Teo, whom you met in a previous post, is making another border run this weekend. We have funded both trips (petrol, supplies, and groceries) in which he and another colleague who also speaks Russian have worked at the border, directly helping refugees get onto the path to their next stop. They also bring refugees back with them to Warsaw in the car since they go full of supplies and return with available seats. This has been a total of 1,672.71 PLN or $392.65 USD.
 

April 5, 2022
 
The needs are changing. I spoke with Paulina last night, and the medic team is in desperate need of some specialized equipment. While there are many donors who drop off small or even large quantities of juice boxes, snacks, and hygiene products, there are few with enough funds available to cover large purchases like an emergency stretcher and AED. I feel very fortunate to be in the position to provide these things. They should arrive today and tomorrow, and if they won’t fit in my car, Paulina will send a vehicle to pick them up

As of April 5, funds raised: $35,055.96.  As of April 5, funds distributed: $23,260.26


From 232 separate donations between $20 and $1000.  Some people have also donated more than once.
 
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Want to get involved? Want to help me/us help others? Here’s how to contribute:


Donate to the ASW Foundation, which I can 100% vouch for: 
 
https://www.aswarsaw.org/community/aswforukraine


If you’d like to send money to me for me to distribute directly to Ukrainians and use toward efforts that I learn about here, on the ground, there are a couple of options:


Send money to my sister via Venmo: Rachel-Pohl-6 (confirmation code 5253)
Send money to my mom via PayPal: rlnav@frontiernet.net
Send a check (US dollars only) to: Donna Pohl, PO Box 100, Raquette Lake 13436
 
Many thanks to my sister Rachel and my mom Donna who are receiving money via deposit, check, PayPal, Venmo, and carrier pigeon, and then transferring it to me. 
 
I had no idea that my post would trigger such an outpouring of support. On Day 1 I realized we needed a spreadsheet to keep track of who donated what and where the money was going. 
 
There are huge needs here, and I feel a tremendous responsibility to make sure the money gets to those who need it. I’m humbled by everyone’s faith and trust in me. Thank you!
 
 

Written by Alexandra Roalsvig, Posted April 5, 2022. 

Sources:

Rebecca Pohl, 2022, Facebook accessed March 27, April 5 2022

2022, Wikipedia, accessed March 27, 2022  

Chris Megerian and Darlene Superville,
“60 miles from Ukraine, Biden sees refugee crisis in Poland,” 2022, AP News, accessed March 27, 2022
  accessed 3.27

Winter Blast Weekend

With over an accumulation of 15 inches of snow in the last week, we have to make the most of this first weekend in March.  It’s ideal for all your winter recreation activities. Come by sled, plan to go skating, enjoy backwoods x-c skiing and the beauty of our area before our special winter season ends. 

 

 

Recreation!

Snowmobile Trails! 

Park and Ride our trails. Groomers have been out all week, our highway crews are shelving the roadsides and you can enjoy our trail system.  Fun rides include S86 Lake Eaton Loop. Park and ride from the Lake Eaton Campground. 

Check out our Sabattis to John Dillon Park to Lake Eaton Ride – Park and ride NYS Route 30 located between the two Sabattis Road entries. The shelf on Sabattis is in its finest condition of the season. Loop around to C7B to S86 and take our trails into town. 

Newcomb Trail, park trailers at 1179 Main Street and access Trail along Dock Lane linking to Jim Bird Road to the Newcomb Trail. 

S80 Powerline Trail is a fun ride, hop on at Mt. Sabattis, trailer parking available in the lower parking lot. Head all the way to the top of the hill for an expansive view of Long Lake and then come down to the Pavilion to hop on the S80 Power Line Trail – and linking up to North Point Road. Go check out Buttermilk Falls while you are there! 

C8 in Raquette Lake loops along the Railroad Bed to Browns Tract. Conditions are good to go! 

The season is short get out and ride!

Snowmobile Weekends! No need to register! 

March 5-6 and March 12-13 for free snowmobiling by all out-of-state and Canadian snowmobilers. During these promotional weekends, the requirement to register in New York is waived for properly registered and insured out-of-state snowmobiling enthusiasts wishing to explore New Yorks miles of snowmobile trails.

Peggy Lynn performs

Things to do!

Saturday, March 5th at 1pm, Long Lake Town Hall 1204 Main Street, Peggy Lynn 

Peggy Lynn writes and performs songs about women and natural beauty of the North Country and her bluesy alto melts every audience.


Join us for this free and family friendly event.
She will be performing, “Songs and Stories of Adirondack Women”

All are welcome

 

X-C Skiing! 

Cedarlands is a great place to ski. Located at the end of Kickerville Road, continue past the Gatehouse down a private access road to the Cedarlands Parking Area.  Park at the parking lot and swish down the road to access the Mud Pond / McRorie Lake Road Gate to access the trail. Skiers love visiting the lean-to’s and campsites along the way.

Link here for more info. 

Ice  Skating and Sledding!

Enjoy an outdoor rink and sledding. Don’t worry if you don’t have gear, we provide skates and sleds to anyone that is looking to have some outdoor fun. Hey if you forget your mittens, gloves and hats, stop by Hoss’s Country Corner or the ADK Trading Post for your much needed outdoor Long Lake gear

Skating Rink Phone 518-624-3031

Weekend Hours

Friday 2:30pm – 10pm
Saturday 1pm – 10pm
Sunday 1pm – 6pm.

Long Lake announces Winter Wonderland Bingo highlighting activities and featuring outdoor recreation as a contest running until March 20th, the official end of Winter. 
 
The winter themed bingo activity cards will be posted on Long Lake and Raquette Lake social media channels, on the official Town of Long Lake website at mylonglake.com and printed cards will be available at the Long Lake Town Office, Raquette Lake Tap Room, and our area libraries, post offices and area businesses starting immediately.  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 classic Long Lake sticker, and participants completing the entire card will be entered into a grand finale prize drawing which includes merchandise from local vendors in Long Lake and Raquette Lake.
 
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 from visiting our local libraries, exploring outdoor trails, engaging in winter recreation, shopping and dining at our local businesses, ice fishing, skating and more. 
 

Ice Fishing! 

Get your weekend fishing in.  Live Bait available at Hoss’s. We have plenty of hard water to choose from! 

2022 Hors D’Oeuvres Tour

 
On Friday, February 25, 2022 the Town of Long Lake welcomed the return of the Annual Hors D’Oeuvres Tour. This event made its return in 2022 after taking a year off due to Covid.

Three restaurants participated including the Long View Lodge, Adirondack Hotel and the Long Lake Diner/Owls Head Pub. Two groups toured around to each restaurant to enjoy a great night out of dining, reviewing and laughter. Guests hailed from Columbia County, NY, Northern New Jersey, Albany, Speculator, Indian Lake, and  Long Lake and more!

The winners for each location were as follows:
 
The Long View Lodge, Pig in a Blanket.
Adirondack Hotel, Pork Slider with candied peach jam
Long Lake Diner, Double-cream brie served with bourbon walnut sauce.

Pull apart beef

Beef Tenderloin with pulled apart bread was served at the Long Lake Diner. Fans of Trivia Night exclaimed, “Please add this to the menu!” 

 
Long Lake Diner/Owls Head Pub served  a French Dip Tenderloin with pulled apart bread, Sorbet palatte cleanser and a Double- cream brie with bourbon walnut sauce.


“The palate cleanse was a nice touch!”

 

Double Cream Brie

Double-cream brie was a hit at the Long Lake Diner. This took top honors at the Long Lake Diner

Long Lake Diner comments included:

Double-cream brie, “Loved the crunchy outside!! Nice and warm in the middle and the walnut and brown sugar dipping sauce was unique.” 

Tenderloin French Dip. “Loved the green onions and beef and the pull-apart bread was soft, melt in your mouth delicious texture and flavor. Would love to order that again!”

Kelsie Amber and Jason waits for their appetizers
menu Long View

 
Long View Lodge
Pig in Blanket, Snake river Farms American Wagyu Beef Hot Dog wrapped in puff pastry topped with cyprus sea flake salt.   Pork and Chicken Shu Mai which was a steamed dumpling filled with ground pork and chicken. Served with spicy sambai sauce. Winner for Best Appetizer at the Long View.

Grilled Mahi Mahi Street Taco, Baha style with a Flour Tortilla, pickled onion, garden salsa, chipotle aioli and queso fresco

appetizers on plate

The Long View Lodge, top honors went to their unique take on “Pig in a Blanket” featuring a Wagu Beef Hot Dog

More tables of eaters
Large Dining Group

Each restaurant offered their own selection of original appetizers and the guests were asked to vote for the best at each location.

Highlighted comments from the Long View Lodge.


“One pretty plate, great presentation, nice menu,”

“All was very good and well made.”

“Would order any of them again!”   
 

Adirondack Hotel Menu

The Adirondack Hotel menu presented a full plate featuring Southern Italian Risotto Meatball with fresh Tomato Basil Sauce, Pork Slider with Candied peach Jam. Winner for Best Appetizer at the Adirondack Hotel and Asian Steamed Char Siu Bao Dumpling with Tare Sauce for Dipping

Jules and Sue


Adirondack Hotel guest comments included:


“Risotto meatball. Really tasty.”


“The Peach salsa on the Pork Slider was so different. The Bao, the sauce was amazing and loved the crust.” 


“The tare sauce was awesome.”

three appetizers on a plate

The Adirondack Hotel menu included a Southern Italian Risotto Meatball with fresh Tomato Basil Sauce, Pork Slider with Candied peach Jam and Asian Steamed Char Siu Bao Dumpling with Tare Sauce for Dipping

Top Honors for the Adirondack Hotel was the Pork Slider with candied peach jam

Group at table Adk Hotel
Bussing for the ride

Long Lake provides door to door service from home or lodging to all locations. Let us do the driving! 

Raquette Lake Winter Carnival 2022

The Raquette Lake Winter Carnival will kick off on Friday, February 18th, 2022  with a concert by The Jamcrackers featuring Dan Berggren, Dan Duggan and Peggy Lynn at 6:30pm at the Raquette Lake Chapel.  There will be limited seating and masks will be required. This concert is presented by St. William’s on Long Point. This program is made possible, in part, with funds from NY Statewide Community Regrant, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Hochul and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts.

 


On Saturday, February 19th, the outdoor events kick off with youth activities starting at 11 a.m. A variety of games will include a sack race, tire obstacle, balloon chase, and more to be announced. At noon there will be a Ladies Frying Pan Toss with cash prizes of $75, $50, $25. The Team Ice Golf Competition will be held throughout the day for teams with cash prizes of $75, $50, $25.
 
Everyone is invited to enjoy the bonfire.
 

Fireworks are slated for dusk between 6:30 and 7pm. Showcase will be weather dependent.  Check www.facebook.com/raquettelake for schedule updates.
 
On Sunday, February 20thth at Noon the Crosscut / Chainsaw competition will be held on the Raquette Lake Village Green led by George McCain. This historic long-standing tradition is a not to be missed event featuring timed men’s, women’s and mixed divisions.  Competitors must bring their own chainsaw!
 
Cookie donations are requested for Saturday, February 19th.  Please drop off at the Raquette Lake Library.  As in years past the Raquette Lake Library will be open for hot chocolate, cookies and warmth from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.  The Town of Long Lake will provide two additional porta-potties in the Village.  Raquette Lake Events Coordinator Kat Forsell will be coordinating the events of the weekend.
 
For more information www.myraquettelake.com

Winter Wonderland Week 2022

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 

80’s Skate & Pizza Party
Friday, February 18
Location:
Geiger Arena
Town of 6, Pavillion Rd, Long Lake, NY 12847, USA
630pm Kick of Winter Wonderland Week with an 80’s inspired skate/pizza party at the Geiger Arena starting at 630pm. Don your best retro duds and get your boogie/skate on. Prizes awarded for best costumes and games. For more information call 518-624-3077. The rink will remain open til 10pm, as regularly scheduled.

Raquette Lake Winter Carnival
Friday, February 18 – Sunday February 20th
Location:
Raquette Lake Village Green
Friday – 6:30pm, RL Chapel, Jamcrackers in Concert

Saturday: 11am – Kids Games, Noon Ladies Frying Pan Toss, 2pm, Ice Golf. Bonfire all day. Fireworks at Dusk. 

Sunday: Noon – Cross-cut and Chainsaw Competition. 

Special Thanks to the RL Library for opening the doors from 11am – 3pm on Saturday and Long Lake Parks and Recreation for the additional porta-potties in the village. 

Library will be accepting cookie donations! 
 
Skating & Sledding Races
Tuesday, February 22
Location:
Geiger Arena
Town of 6, Pavillion Rd, Long Lake, NY 12847, USA
1pm Bringing back a Long Lake tradition for 2022, the return of the kids skating races. Prizes will be awarded in each age group.
 
XC Ski Tour
Wednesday, February 23
 Free ski rentals available at Hoss’s Country Corner. For more information call 518-624-3077.
 
Trivia Night
Wednesday, February 23
Location:
Long View Lodge Restaurant
681 Deerland Rd, Long Lake, NY 12847, USA
Come test your knowledge against the Trivia Tsar for your chance to win prizes, bragging rights, and points towards the Trivia Master Cup.
 
Oak Mountain Tubing Trip
Thursday, February 24
Location:
Oak Mountain
Oak Mountain, Speculator, NY 12164, USA
Enjoy an afternoon of tubing and lunch sponsored by the Town of Long Lake. Transportation will be provided, but sign up is required to ride bus, sign up by calling 518-624-3077 no later than February 18th. Bus will depart from Geiger Arena at 10:15am and return approximately 2:30pm.
 
Hors D’Oeuvres Tour
Friday, February 25
Location:
Long Lake
5 p.m. The Hors D’Oeuvres Tour Returns! Tour area restaurants and vote for your favorite appetizer at each location. Each restaurant serves three Chef’s Choice appetizers and participants vote for the best at each restaurant. A great date night and fun for groups too. Hop aboard the little bus and be escorted throughout the town in style. If you are coming out of town, park and ride from the Long Lake Town Hall! Must reserve in advance. Tickets will be available online starting in January. Price includes appetizers only. Tips & Drinks not included. 

ON LINE TICKETS  

Winter Bingo Continues! 

Pick up your own Winter Bingo Card and submit photos for a chance to win the Grand Prize! 

Complete one row and submit to win a sticker! 

The winter themed bingo activity cards will be posted on Long Lake and Raquette Lake social media channels, on the official Town of Long Lake website at mylonglake.com and printed cards will be available at the Long Lake Town Office, Raquette Lake Tap Room, and our area libraries, post offices and area businesses starting immediately.  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 classic Long Lake sticker, and participants completing the entire card will be entered into a grand finale prize drawing which includes merchandise from local vendors in Long Lake and Raquette Lake.
 
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 from visiting our local libraries, exploring outdoor trails, engaging in winter recreation, shopping and dining at our local businesses, ice fishing, skating and more. 

Olympic Torch Relay in Long Lake NY – 1980’s Flashback

Olympic Torch Run Long Lake

Photo by Jim Swedberg

Olympic Flame Arrives at Long Lake Central School

On Friday, February 8, 1980 the Town of Long Lake hosted the Olympic Torch relay.
 
On Monday, March 5, 1979 the Long Lake Town Board passed a resolution having the Town become part of the Olympic Torch Trail Route. The torch bearers were a relay team of top runners who started in Jamestown, Virginia, traveling and running to Albany where they will become two teams, one going up Route 9 to Lake Placid and the other team heading north from Schenectady through Speculator and up Route 30 through Long Lake to Lake Placid.
 
On Friday, February 8th, 1980 the teams of runners met up with the Olympic Torch which flame had been kindled on January 30th, 1980 at the sacred grove at Olympia where all the Olympic Games of antiquity were held.  The flames was flown to the US and arriving at Langley AFB in Virginia and traveled 1000 miles through six of the original colonies and reach Long Lake, on February 8th.
 
Some of the Long Lake Torch bearers in Long Lake included Town Supervisor John Hosley, Tony Marcone, John Rayome, and Chuck Kitchen  If you were a Long Lake Torch Bearer for this special event, let us know by emailing longlake@mylonglake.com  Send photos.
 
Special thanks to Glen LaBlanc and Jim Swedberg for digging in the archives for these historic images and for Tony Marcone for emailing me to look for photos from the route stretching from North Point Road to the Long View Lodge. Didn’t find any photos yet! Still looking! 

Olympic Torch Relay Long Lake NY

Photo by Jim Swedberg

Winter Olympic Torch Ceremony 1980 long lake

Photo by Jim Swedberg

Photo by Glen LaBlanc

Photo by Jim Swedberg

Special Thanks to Guy LeBlanc, Jim Swedberg and Glen LaBlanc

 

Sources: 

“Olympic Torch Due Today” The North Creek News Enterprise, February, 7, 1980

Emerson, Joanne, “Cover Wide Range of Problems.” Tupper Lake Free Press, March 14, 1979

Post by: Alexandra Roalsvig, Feb 4, 2022

X-C Ski Cedarlands in Long Lake, NY Winter Fun

Excursion to Cedarlands

Weekend X-C ski excursions.
 
While we have plenty of trails to explore in our area, we wanted to let you know about the Cedarlands Easement located off of Kickerville Road in Long Lake, NY.  This tract of land is open from the end of summer through June and you should get in there when you can.  The trick of it that everyone asks, is “how do you get there from here?” 
 
Access to the Cedarlands Easement is located off of Kickerville Road in Long Lake, NY. Once Kickerville Road ends the road continues and there’s a sign that reads “Private Road” so many visitors think they are in the wrong spot. The DEC has put up a marker just before the entry way of the road to reassure visitors it is ok to travel down this private road to access the Cedarlands Parking Lot which is 0.3 miles from the actual trailhead gate. So yes, you park and then you walk down to the access point, but it’s so beautiful that, it will just be part of your overall journey.
 
In the wintertime, Cedarlands is a great place to x-c ski. It has started to see more usage in recent years so if you head out, you’ll likely find a track already set and ready to go. You just get on your gear and go.  Fun destinations include the two lean to’s along McRorie Lake. Go on in and have a mid-winter picnic (depending on the temps!)
 
Just stay on the designated Easement section, the adjacent parcel is not open to the public and it is marked as such.
 
Check out the video if you are unsure how to get to Cedarlands, it provides a road side view version to get you to your destination. Please note – we sped up the video (in the interest of time, so no we weren’t driving down those roads super fast!)
 
Video production crew Erik Arsenault & Alex Roalsvig, shot on January 27, 2022.

Long Lake