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Long Lake Reality?

It’s a fun place to be this Long Lake. Really. Phone rings at the Main Headquarters.

“Hello, Long Lake Tourism, how may I help you today?”

“So I’m from the National Geographic Show and we’d like to shoot episodes of our TV Show Building Wild in your area. Can you help?”

“Well, I’ll try, what is it, what do you need and how much will it cost me?”

“We need people with land, personality and a dream to build a hideaway cabin in the woods with no electricity and no water and the most difficult access ever, that’s part of the story.. getting there shouldn’t be easy”

“Sold. Where do I sign?”

Yes – it’s true, National Geographic is going to dip it’s toes in the remote waters of the Central Adirondacks and explore Long Lake, NY. Why not? We’ve got bear, loons, owls, bugs, trees, contentious land issues, passionate folks and big personalities. Seems like a good mix for a reality show.

Ok – so look for flyer’s. Call your long lost uncle with that remote piece of property in Long Lake you’ve always wanted to build on. Show us your hunting trophies, or your bird lists … whatever dynamic dream you’ve got, it all plays a part.

Here’s the text from the flier…

Do you dream of a getaway cabin in the middle of nowhere? Building Wild can build it.

Building Wild is a reality TV show setting a course to pull together a crew, materials (most of them, not all) and need the guy with a dream of getting away from it all on his own piece of paradise. (Long Lake, Raquette Lake… totally the perfect locations for this to happen – although I’ve already heard from one friend who summers here to make sure we don’t put the crew near his house.. and so it begins!)

You might be what we’re looking for if you own a remote piece of land, the more remote, the better. Getting there should be half the battle for our crew. (can we say Boat Access only Long Laker’s or Raquette Laker’s?) When we say wilderness, we mean it: from mountain tops to an island on a remote lake. We will put you on camera to document the adventure. If this sounds like you, email
Send Email
buildingwild@gmail.com with a description of yourself (including fun hobbies) your vision for your dream getaway and a photo of your property.

Long Lake, NY Cut Off! Long Distance Calls, Cell Phones and Internet Go Down

October 10, 2012, Long Lake, NY.

Frontier Communications suffered an extended service outage in the Central Adirondacks on Wednesday, October 10th. In Long Lake, NY, long-distance phone, internet and cell phone service was unavailable from 10:30pm Tuesday night until mid-afternoon on Wednesday. Residents woke up on Wednesday unable to connect to the cyber super highway by landline, cell or internet. Local customers couldn’t contact Frontier Communications customer service to report the problem as long-distance was disrupted. Local residents did have local telephone service. Concerns over the availability of 9-1-1 were raised, but no issues or emergencies were reported.

A local county representative was able to reach the Hamilton County Sheriff’s office in Lake Pleasant, NY via radio contact to report the problem early on Wednesday morning. The Sheriff’s department confirmed that Frontier was aware of the problem and that the outage had affected Indian Lake as well.

Businesses relying on credit card communications had to manually process the cards. Other retail operations reported internet orders were not being fulfilled. Local lodging owners were frustrated at the lack of service as they are still taking reservations for the season and felt potential customers would be lost due to the service outage.

Local reports speculated that an earthquake in Montreal, Quebec had damaged the communications for Frontier, but it has not been confirmed at this time.

Long distance and internet was restored at approximately 3pm and cell phone service was restored at 3:30pm.

Long Lake NY Purchases Land from Nature Conservancy

Associated Press (from the Wall Street Journal OnLine)
LONG LAKE, N.Y. — The central Adirondack town of Long Lake has purchased 46 acres of land from The Nature Conservancy that was part of the preservation group’s 2007 purchase of 161,000 acres from Finch, Pruyn & Co.

The Long Lake purchase, for $36,720, is among the “community enhancement” parcels included in a conservation plan that balances economic development, recreation and ecological protection.

The town has several uses in mind, including gravel excavation, timber harvesting and nature trails.

The conservation plan preserves more than 92,000 acres of commercial timberland and secures snowmobile connector trails in nearly a dozen communities, including Long lake.

The plan also calls for 65,000 acres to be transferred in coming years to the state to become Forest Preserve and available to all for outdoor recreation.
—Copyright 2012 Associated Press

Ice Fest is Coming

On February 3rd and 4th in Long Lake, NY join the Town of Long Lake in welcoming The Ice Farm for a winter event celebrating community and the season.

The Ice Farm is owned and operated by world class ice sculptor Stanley Kolonko. Stan uses the best ice south of the Arctic Circle, utilizing reverse osmosis filtration, Clinebell ice machines and a good amount of patience.

Over the years Stan has been competing on an international level and he won 1st place with his partner Chris Uyehara of Skaneateles at the Harbin International Ice Sculpture Competition in Harbin, China in Janaury 2010. Stan has also ranked by the Academy of Ice Carving and Design as a top ice carving company in the US.

Look for mini-events celebrating Stan’s artistry and the welcoming of February throughout the town during the day. Spectators are welcome to watch him work and take photos and submit for a photo competition. Stop by each location while Stan carves – you’ll never know what they’ve got planned, a hot winter drink to warm you to your toes or a kids story hour at the Long Lake Library. Check back often for updates and we’ll post them throughout the week and on the Facebook page as the schedule evolves.

Sculptures are slated for the Raquette Lake School, Shamrock Motel & Cottages, the Long Lake Historical Society, the Friends of the Long Lake Library, Hoss’s Country Corner and the Long Lake Diner/Owl’s Head Pub and the Long Lake Town Beach.

Please note: all times are subject to change without notice, if you plan on traveling call 518.624.3077.
The tentative schedule is:

Friday, February 3rd
12pm: Raquette Lake Free Union School

3pm: Long Lake Historical Society: Town Office

Saturday, February 4th

8am: Long Lake Diner

10am: Hoss’s Country Corner

12:30pm: Friends of the Long Lake Library

2:30pm: The Shamrock Motel

4:30pm: Town of Long Lake: Mt Sabattis

The Ice Fest is sponsored by The Town of Long Lake and local businesses.

Get your photo taken with all seven sculptures and e-mail to us at longlakeinfo@yahoo.com or send via snail mail to

Ice Fest Contest
LLPRT
PO Box 496
Long Lake, NY 12847

Hey, you may even see your photo on our Long Lake Facebook page and we’ll select a winner from all the entries. Entries must be submitted or postmarked by Monday, February 13th to be eligible for a prize!

Please note: All submitted photos become property of the Town of Long Lake NY and by submission of the photos you give the Town of Long Lake permission to use the photos in promotion including on the web and in print and on Facebook. We cannot return photos submitted by mail.

Long Lake Receives Funds to Develop Nature Trail

The Town of Long Lake has announced it has been awarded a matching grant of $18,000 from the Department of State to complete the Nature Trail connecting two business districts in the town of Long Lake. The Nature Trail is designed to increase pedestrian traffic around Jennings Park Pond and to offer a quiet, natural alternative to visitors and residents in the center of town. It’s a great spot to watch birds, including herons, bald eagles and plenty of geese. It is a popular fishing spot stocked with trout in the spring. The Nature Trail is a widening of trail connecting the Long Lake Town Ball Field around the pond leading to the Long Lake Beach Area, Helms Seaplane Base and the Adirondack Hotel.

Projects to improve the nature trail include adding pedestrian viewing, adding safety measures, widening the trails, and to identify the flora and fauna along the route. Long term plans include expanding to the Long Lake Diner, across route 30 along the brook to Hoss’s Country Corner. Eventually the goal is to increase the length up to one mile. Also key areas will be identified at the Long Lake Town Beach to repair retaining walls and to help offset the cost of maintaining the garden area.

90 Miler Launch Day Two Long Lake

The Town of Long Lake is one of the main stops on the 90 Miler Route, the Northern Forest Canoe Trail and the Raquette River Corridor. It’s a paddlers paradise offering amenities for paddlers to stop and rejuvenate before continuing on their journey.

CAP-21, in collaboration with the Town of Webb, will be distributing project funds as part of the 90 Miler Blueway Trail Strategy. The intent of the Blueway Trail initiative is for those communities located along the waterway route of the Adirondack Canoe Classic (known as the 90 Miler) to cooperatively develop a regional strategy for community revitalization, sustainable economic development and enhanced public access to waterways in the corridor between Old Forge and Saranac Lake. These projects follow an extensive process of working with the townships, community groups and paddle-sport based businesses to identify priority waterway linked priorities. The Blueway Trail projects are being funded through the NYS Department of State, Division of Coastal Resources, with funds provided under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund, and is being coordinated through CAP-21.

Priority project allocations include the following:
Town of Webb – $24,000 for development of a master plan and design for the municipal waterfront;
Town of Inlet – $24,000 for carry and launch site improvements at Fifth and Sixth Lake landings;
Town of Long Lake – $18,000 for development of the Long Lake Nature Trail and waterfront improvements;
Town/Village of Tupper Lake – $24,000 for establishing/enhancing connections between the Wild Center and the Raquette River, including interpretive signage and dockage improvements; and
Town of Harrietstown/Village of Saranac Lake – $20,000 for improvements on launch areas at Baldwin and Beaver Parks.

CAP-21 also hopes to work with the Adirondack Watershed Alliance on marketing and promotion of the Blueway as a regional recreational destination. Other community groups involved in developing this Blueway Strategy were the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA), the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and the Adirondack Park Invasive Species Program. Altogether more than $1.3 million in economic revitalization projects were identified for the region. The Blueway Trail Strategy will provide a foundation and basis for potential future project funding through a number of funding sources including: NYS Department of State, the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historical Preservation, the Adirondack Smart Growth grant program and the Governor’s Regional Economic Development Councils.

Nick Rose, CAP-21 Executive Director, stated that “We believe that these Blueway grants will help the townships to promote regional eco-tourism, build local business and employment opportunities and reinforce the 90 Miler route as a premier statewide, national and international paddling destination.” For more information please contact CAP-21 at 315-369-3353 or at info@cap-21.org .

OcktoberPETfest hits Long Lake!

From Adirondack Almanack, written by Diane Chase with additional contribution from Long Lake Parks and Rec.

This Saturday, October 8, two fall festivals have combined forces for what is shaping up to be a fun family event. The Long Lake Harvest Fest and The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts Pet Fest will be held at the ball field in Long Lake from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Pumpkins

“We have been working with the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts to make this an event for everyone,” says Long Lake Event Coordinator Danielle Gagnier. “It is the third year for the Pet Fest and we wanted to work with our neighbors at The Center to provide an active event for the Columbus weekend.”

According to Gagnier, the Long Lake Oktober Pet Fest will host a variety of unique activities geared toward pet owners. There will be a pet agility course with everything from seesaw to hurdles. Owners can register their pets for a maze and the pet show. Prizes will be awarded for Best Pet Trick, Most Unique Pet, Look Like Your Pet and Best Stuffed Pet.

The stuffed pet can be anything from toy to taxidermy. Don’t worry there is plenty to do in addition to the pet activities. One unusual event will be the “Punkin’ Chunkin’. In years past the Harvest Fest held a pumpkin drop but this year “pumpkins will be flying.”

“We have made the event, in many ways, like a carnival,” says Alexandra Verner Roalsvig, Director of Parks, Recreation and Tourism for Long Lake. “There are various activities that will require a $1 ticket. Other events are free. Activities requiring tickets include Magician, Bob Shelley, T-shirt and pumpkin painting, the bounce house, the Kid Zone, Pet Agility Course, the Pet Maze and the fan favorite, the Pet Competition Show Down. Tickets are available for $1 each, and if too many trips to the bounce house add up, wristbands will be available for the kids for access to the fun and games. Play a game and win a prize too! The Punkin Chunkin is new this year. We are asking that people design their own catapult and we provide the pumpkins. That activity is free and we are hoping to see some real originally being shown while participants see who can launch their pumpkin the farthest.”

There are rules for the Punkin’ Chunkin’ Each participant will receive three pumpkins with a misfire being treated as a foul. Each pumpkin will weigh approximately 8-10 lbs. so plan accordingly. No cannons, ignitables or explosives, if that is where your mind is running. Eye protection and hard hat is provided.

Roalsvig is hoping the combined festivals will appeal to visitors and local residents. By keeping the ticket price for various activities at the one-dollar mark, people can pick and choose where to spend their money.

“The Kids’ Zone is going to have Magician Bob Shelley, pumpkin painting, bounce house and T-shirt painting. Each activity will require a ticket but it will be well worth the price,” says Roalsvig.

“The craft fair will be held under the tent and that is free. This year we invited the Long Lake Artisans to be part of the craft fair,” says Roalsvig. “We have wonderful handmade crafts like fishing flies, table runners, Christmas decorations, rustic furniture, fabric arts and a variety of candles. We insist that the products are homemade crafts. Boat builder Bunny Austin just refurbished a guideboat and will have it on display. It has an historic reference so people are encouraged to stop and talk to him about the guideboat and its story.”

Traditional German fare as well as maple cotton candy, Kettle Corn, gourmet desserts and a Saranac Root Beer tasting can be enjoyed while listening to the acoustic music of Adam Reynolds and John Hill.

Parking for the Long Lake Oktober Pet Fest can be found at the Long Lake Central School Parking Lot off Route 30. Call 518-624-3077 for additional information.

Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities Guidebook Series including the recent released Adirondack Family Time: Tri-Lakes and High Peaks Your Guide to Over 300 Activities for Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, Keene, Jay and Wilmington areas (with GPS coordinates), the first book of a four-book series of Adirondack Family Activities.

Babik Jazz Band Slated for Sept 17th

On Saturday, September 17th, 2011 at 7:30pm the Town of Long Lake will be presenting Babik Jazz Group at the Long Lake Town Hall.

Babik (pronounced Bah-Beek) is a progressive Gypsy Jazz band inspired by the legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt. One of those rare musical ensembles that can truly reach across generational and stylistic lines to create a fan base that is as diverse as their musical influences. At their concerts it is not uncommon to see a white-haired 75 year-old grandmother dancing next to a purple-haired 20-something.

Babik has the ability to bridge passionate jaw-dropping virtuosity, with a rare toe-tapping danceability that keeps its audiences enthusiastically engaged. The group’s ability to connect is evident in the way crowds clamber to clap, dance, and cheer along with nearly every performance. Since forming in 2005, Babik has enjoyed both commercial and artistic success.

All four members (Stuart Fuchs-Lead Guitar, Geoffrey Fitzhugh Perry-Violin, Joshua Assad-Rhythm Guitar, Kevin O’Brien-Upright Bass) are full time professional musicians, and the success of their partnership, both on and off stage, shows in their lighthearted improvisational performances.

Babik stays busy performing over 150 shows a year at concert halls and festivals, in addition to facilitating educational programs & improvisation workshops at high schools and colleges.

In March of 2008, Babik worked with arranger Brent Havens (creator of orchestral programs of Queen, Led Zeppelin, The Doors) to create the first ever orchestral program of the music of Django Reinhardt, which was performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra to an audience of thousands. Babik has even performed with the contemporary dance troupe Configuration Dance in a tightly choreographed theatrical show.

Their hometown of Buffalo, N.Y. has awarded them “Best Jazz Band” by two different magazines for three years in a row. Their first release, “Pronounced Bah-Beek”, broke Western New York sales records at two area retailers, and the Buffalo News calls Babik “One of the Hottest Bands in Buffalo”—high praise from a town that launched The Goo-Goo Dolls, Ani DiFranco, Rick James, Spyro Gyra, and Soulive.

With their latest release, “American Gypsy”, the band showcases ten original compositions and three standards that both honor the roots of Gypsy Jazz while exploring a wide range of styles such as Jazz-fusion, Klezmer, World and Latin Music. The result is an amazingly coherent, expansive, and ambitious vision of Gypsy Jazz that will excite jazz and music lovers alike.

Perhaps Buffalo Spree Magazine best expressed the spirit of the band in a recent feature story: “It’s hard not to fall in love with a band whose every tune seems to state ‘We love life and we want to celebrate it.’”

Tickets will be available at the door. $12.00 for adults and kids under 10 are free.

This concert is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council of the Arts Decentralization Regrant Program. In Hamilton County the Decentralization Program is administered by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake.

Adirondack Affair Slated Sept 30th and Oct 1

On September 30th through October 1st, the Town of Long Lake will be hosting the 2nd Annual Adirondack Affair Weekend with soap opera actresses two-time Emmy winner, Martha Byrne, best known as Lily Snyder from As The World Turns and Emmy-nominated Ellen Dolan, best known as Margo Hughes, As the World Turns.

Martha and Ellen Before the Cabaret

Friday Night features a VIP welcome cocktail reception and a Cabaret Performance at an area Long Lake Business to be announced.

Martha with two fans Megan & Jamie!

Saturday will be a day of rogue video production featuring participants in this unique weekend themed “Shooting on Location.” Scripted material developed specifically for Adirondack Affair will follow the story of the fictional Duryea Family. Grace Duryea (Martha Byrne) has returned to the quiet burg of Long Lake after the death of her father. She has arrived for the reading of his will and stands to inherit vast tracts of land, properties and businesses vital to the survival of the local economy. Charlotte, played by Ellen Dolan, will be on alert to the arrival of Grace Duryea, protecting secrets of the past that could change their lives forever. The two women have never met before, but sparks are sure to fly when Grace arrives at her father’s estate.

Ellen mingles at last years VIP reception

The story of Grace and Charlotte will follow our guest actors and Adirondack Affair participants on a journey from learning scripted material, camera blocking, to live video taping. Scenes will be shot in and around Long Lake area businesses to highlight local actors and showcase the beauty of Long Lake. All levels of acting are welcome and encouraged to attend this unique once in a lifetime opportunity.

Photo by Robin Platzer

The scenes will be uploaded, with permission, to youtube and if time allows there will be a viewing of the rough material shown on Saturday night to the participants. Don’t want to act? Participants are welcome to follow the production and watch our actresses work.

Most recently Martha Byrne, co-created and executive produced, Gotham The Series, which was nominated for an Emmy this year. Martha has also appeared on General Hospital and written for the daytime drama The Bold and The Beautiful and executive produced a short film, Bye Bye Sally, featuring actress Malin Ackerman.

Ellen Dolan has been very active with the Workshop Theater Company in New York City and is currently starring in the Cape May Stage Production, Steel Magnolias, running through September 10. Ellen Dolan plays the role of Truvy, a role played by Dolly Parton in the 1989 film adaptation. In addition to playing Margo Hughes, Ellen Dolan originated the role of Maureen Reardon on Guiding Light and has appeared on Law and Order Special Victims Unit and has recently worked on two films, Southside and Molly’s Girl.

For more information check out www.adirondackaffair.com Adirondack Affair or call 518-624-3077 Sign up today! Total weekend event package is $50 includes VIP reception, Cabaret Performance and Shooting on Location.

US Senators Schumer and Gillibrand Visit Long Lake NY

Long Lake, NY, August 12, 2011

US Senator’s Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand stopped by Long Lake Central School on Friday, August 12th as part of a whirlwind tour of the Adirondack North Country Region to meet with leaders from around the Adirondacks and to engage in conversation about jobs and the most vital issues facing Adirondack residents today.

On tap for the structured panel discussion included William Farber, Chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors, Brian Towers, President of the Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages, Mark Brand, Superintendent of Indian Lake Central School, Kate Fish, Executive Director of ANCA, Garry Douglas, President and CEO of the North Country Chamber of Commerce, and Ann Melious, Director of Economic Development and Tourism for Hamilton County.

Senators Schumer and Gillibrand outside Long Lake Central School

Kirsten Gillibrand arrived in the room first, shook everyone’s hand and made light of the fact that Chuck was still out in the hallway talking. Gillibrand opened up the discussion with her appreciation for everyone coming out to meet with them and cited the most important issue of the day: jobs.

Senator Schumer entered the room with Bill Farber and greeted everyone and remarked on the beauty of the area, the bustle of the town, the great weather and then the panel got down to business.

Bill Farber led the meeting, thanked Long Lake Central School for hosting the event then and called on the panelists to share their insights.

Brian Towers spoke first and gave both US Senators copies of the APRAP study. The report is the result of a two-year research effort by and for the communities of the Adirondack Park to provide a data-rich, factual baseline for discussion and planning of park issues at both the local and regional levels.

Schumer and Gillibrand at the Panel Discussion

Brian Towers touched upon the human desire of people who want to live in the Adirondack region because of the natural beauty, water, quality of life, small schools, but the lack of jobs has bled the region dry. He listed several ideas that included attracting innovative thinkers in rural development to the region, and the need to create and develop loan funds to support infrastructure. Other ideas included: the possibility of carbon credits, developing family friendly jobs focusing on biomass and to foster a way to encourage and reward private investment.

Mark Brand reminded Senator Schumer of previous visits to the Indian Lake Central School. Schumer remembered his visit fondly as he had a school lunch featuring fish sticks. After a moment of levity Mark Brand spoke about the schools in the immediate area. He emphasized the answer is not to consolidate schools, but to create opportunities out of challenges. Model the regional school districts as the Newcomb, NY school district has done, and to seek federal help to revise immigration laws to make it easier for smaller communities and public schools to host foreign students and limit unfunded mandates.

Kate Fish spoke about the Common Ground Alliance’s successful meeting held in July (in Long Lake at Mt. Sabattis) which is a cross-section of people in the Adirondacks with differing views. This year’s event the Common Ground participants were asked to rank potential workable ways to model a future for park residents and the overall consensus was to work on the model for the Sustainable Life, but for that to succeed it was vital to have broadband available in the region.

Garry Douglas outlined the potential revitalization of the historical train corridor route between Utica and Lake Placid with an emphasis on connecting to Tupper Lake. Douglas also mentioned the possibility of developing it as a recreational corridor, clarifying that trains and a viable recreation corridor for hiking, biking and snowmobiling would not be exclusive of the other.

Both Kate Fish and Garry Douglas touched upon the importance of broadband to the region and the topic elicited a big reaction and much interest from both Schumer and Gillibrand. The panel discussion veered off course so the senators could clarify the needs of the area. Where broadband is available now? Where wireless is available and if one was more viable to the region than the other depending on the area it was serving.

In Long Lake cell phone service is available from AT&T only and not Verizon. Long Lake does have DSL available and it is serviced by Frontier Communications. At this time the Town of Long Lake has plans for two wi-fi hot spots at both Mt. Sabattis Pavilion and the Long Lake Town Hall. Plans for implementation and timeline have not been released yet.

The broadband discussion emphasized the need for money to serve the last mile of broadband. The hardest challenge is the connection from a main hub to the local residents. Gillibrand is working on a farm bill and discussion on the agricultural committee is the consideration to put a requirement similar to the original telephone bill to make broadband service available and mandatory all across the country.

Senator Schumer with Ann Melious

Ann Melious from Hamilton County, NY spoke about the effort by the county to promote and attract younger families with children to move to the region. Hamilton County is starting a campaign to tap into what is most attractive about our area to live including: safety, scenery, sense of community, small schools and to encourage people to work from home. She sought support from the senators to consider the possibility of Hamilton County being part of a pilot program and model for rural communities across the nation.

Schumer and Gillibrand wanted to clarify that their job encompasses everything from big problems to small and they are here to serve the needs for everyone in New York State. Everyone is encouraged to contact their office with their thoughts, concerns or ideas. Schumer mentioned that the elimination of earmarks was tough on rural economies and directly effects those in the Adirondacks. “Getting rid of earmarks makes our job harder.”

Time was short, the itinerary was tight and the Senators took some photos with guests at Long Lake Central School. Once photo ops were completed they continued on their North Country Tour.

Senator Schumer, Long Lake Town Supervisor Clark Seaman, Senator Gillibrand

Schumer, Gillibrand Visit Long Lake Heart of the Adirondacks

Schumer, Gillibrand visit here together
August 11, 2011
By NATHAN BROWN – Staff Writer (nbrown@adirondackdailyenterprise.com) , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

SARANAC LAKE – Both of New York’s U.S. senators will be in town Friday and will hold three events together, focused on economic issues.

The first event will be at 9 a.m. at North Country Community College in Saranac Lake. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer are hosting a “Rural Care for Veterans Round Table” with representatives of Saranac Lake’s Veterans Administration clinic, St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers, Homeward Bound Adirondacks and the state Department of Veterans Affairs.

Then they’ll shoot down to Long Lake, where, according to their schedules, they plan to hold a roundtable with local business and community leaders at 10:45 a.m. at Long Lake Central School. A press release from Gillibrand said this roundtable will “highlight sustainable economy initiatives including the Common Ground Alliance and the Adirondack Partnership and economic development efforts for the North Country and how they can assist and promote local growth.”

Then their schedule calls for them to be at the Adirondack Regional Airport in Lake Clear for another economic development roundtable at 12:15 p.m. This one will focus on the airport and on the growing biotech industry in Saranac Lake.

Gillibrand also plans to visit Bombardier Transportation in Plattsburgh at 2:15 p.m. to announce her new agenda to create more advanced and high-tech manufacturing jobs, the cornerstone of which is her “Made in America” competitive grant program. She says advanced and high-tech manufacturing is growing despite heavy job losses in other manufacturing sectors in New York.

Gillibrand’s last official visit to the area was in July 2010, when she held a forum with local officials and community leaders in Lake Placid. Schumer’s was in August 2010, when he visited Lake Placid and Tupper Lake to promote legislation designed to boost tourism. They also both vacationed in Lake Placid last August.

Schumer has visited the area numerous times since his election in 1998. Gillibrand represented part of the Tri-Lakes area when she was a congresswoman for New York’s 20th District.

Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau, who has about 20 years of political experience here and in Plattsburgh, said he has never seen two U.S. senators in the same place at the same time. The closest he came, he said, was when Plattsburgh Air Force Base closed in the 1990s, when he was mayor of Plattsburgh. Sen. Alphonse D’Amato showed up, and Sen. Patrick Moynihan meant to but missed his flight.

Expanding the biotech industry has been a major goal for Rabideau. He recently inked a deal bringing two biotech firms from Lake Placid to Saranac Lake and would like to see the area become a hub for the biotech industry.

“I think they’re feeling the mojo,” Rabideau said of the senators. “They’re feeling the Saranac Lake mojo.”

Long Lake