Hamilton County Memorial Day Parade Speaker Slated

The Long Lake American Legion Post #650 will be hosting the Hamilton County Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 30th in Long Lake, NY with parade line up starting at 1:15pm at the Mt. Sabattis Parking Lot at the intersection of South Hill Road and Deerland Road. At 1:30pm the parade will travel through town and conclude with a ceremony on the Long Lake Central School front Lawn. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in the Long Lake Town Hall.

Brigadier General Timothy LaBarge will be the guest speaker

Brigadier General Timothy LaBarge will be the guest speaker

The guest speaker for the ceremony will native Tupper Lake resident, Brigadier General Timothy LaBarge.

LaBarge, a 32-year veteran of the Air Force and Air National Guard was promoted to Brigadier General in April and has been tapped to serve as the chief of staff of New York Air National Guard in Latham.

LaBarge previously served as commander of the 109th Airlift Wing at Stratton Air National Guard Base in Scotia. That unit flies the LC-130 ski-equipped aircraft, which are used to supply science research stations in Antarctica and Greenland.

He is a command pilot with experience flying T-37, T-38, C-5, C-17, C-130 and LC-130 aircraft. LaBarge has flown combat and combat support missions in operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom, as well as polar airlift missions in support of Operation Deep Freeze in Antarctica. He has more than 5,500 hours of flight time.

LaBarge, a graduate of St. Lawrence University in Canton, enlisted in the Air Force in 1983 and was commissioned through the Officer Training School program. He is a graduate of Air Force Squadron Officers School, Air Force Command and General Staff School, Air War College, and Joint Forces Staff College. He earned a master of arts degree in military studies/strategic leadership from American Military University.

He previously served in the 105th Airlift Wing from 1992 to 2006 as a C-5 instructor and evaluator pilot, a squadron operations officer, the Chief of Standardization and Evaluation and the Chief of the Wing Command Post before moving into positions at Air Force Headquarters and New York Air National Guard Headquarters.

The Long Lake Fire Department will be serving Hot Dogs and drinks after the ceremony.

In honor of Hamilton County’s 200th birthday, the Hamilton County Bicentennial Exhibit will be on display at the Long Lake Town Hall starting at noon until the festivities conclude. Everyone is encouraged to stop in and identify residents past and present. There will be blank tags available to identify faces without a label. Residents are invited to bring copies of portraits to include in the display.

The Long Lake American Legion will host the local parade at noon.  The Bridge ceremony will be held at 8:30am.

The Long Lake American Legion will host the local parade at noon. The Bridge ceremony will be held at 8:30am.

The local Long Lake Memorial Day Parade will begin at Noon starting from the Long Lake Town Hall to the cemetery, followed immediately by the Hamilton County Parade.

Anyone interested in showcasing their business, local organization or floats in either the local Long Lake Parade or the Hamilton County Parade may sign up by calling Steph Hample at 518.624.3077.

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 or send via snail mail to

Ice Fest Contest
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.

4th of July Events 2011


Boat Parade Float Contest

4:30pm: Boats meet at the State Boat Launch on Dock Rd.
5pm: Parade to the Long Lake Town Beach

Dress-up your boat! We’ll take ANY boat–pontoon, motor boat, canoe, kayak, sail boat, inflatable raft, as long as it floats! You can get fancy (ala the Raquette Lake Loon Pontoon) or simple (stick a few American flags in your boat and hit the water!)–just join the parade whatever you got! Meet at the state boat launch on Dock Rd. at 4:30pm. We’ll then parade past the beach, through the bridge, loop around near the spillway and come back to the beach for the awards ceremony! Prizes for 1st-3rd overall, wackiest and most Long Lakey.


The Yod Squad Performs on the W.W. Durant in Raquette Lake


Get your friends and family together and drive on over the RL for a moonlight cruise on the W.W. Durant and a concert by local band, The Yod Squad! Tickets are $7, which includes your chance to win a dinner cruise! Visit for more info!


Games on the Ball Field


Treasure Hunt for the 4 & under set at 10am, then comes the sack races, three-legged race, wheel barrel race, The Great Long Lake Egg Toss and all your other classic favorites! Open to all, even adults! Winners take a trip to our epic prizebooth with hundreds of great and weird things to choose from.

The Great Long Lake Bed Races

5pm, Main St (Town Bridge to Town Beach)

The Bed Races are back for a second time in the 21st century! Find an old bed, slap some wheels on it, decorate it, decorate yourselves and race to glory and fame! $10 per bed entry fee. Must wear sneakers. Show up by 4:30pm to register. BIG PRIZES! $80 for 1st, $60 for 2nd, $40 for 3rd and $80 for Best in Show (most creative, prettiest, etc).

Ernie Williams and the Annual Long Lake 4th of July Celebration!

6:30pm-10pm, Long Lake Town Beach

Blue legend Ernie Williams and his band perform a free concert, the fire dept serves up their famous sausage and peppers, the Boy Scouts sell some delicious strawberry shortcake, Penelope the Clown paints faces in the gazebo and fireworks go off at dusk!
Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!

Memorial Day Weekend 2011

If you haven’t been to Long Lake lately, you read it about it on the net… oh that’s the town with the flood.. I used to LOVE that town….

Well now is the time to come back and to bring your friends and family.

Long Lake is open for business. We have young families, 5th generation families, new families, family owned restaurants and family owned motels and cottages and an incredible, powerful LAKE, that draws you in and makes you say… why didn’t I get here earlier. So come up explore, the businesses are opening their doors for you the patrons to walk in.

This weekend is the kick-off to the summer season and we’re extending an invitation to YOU to come up and help get us in gear. It’s been a long and frightful winter, and everyone needs a boost, but clearly it takes commitment from the you to say.. “that town, it’s only one tank away… let’s go there, we can actually help those folks out.”

This weekend town will be buzzing with the Great Adk Garage Sale, stretching over 70 miles along Routes 28, 28N & 30. Treasures for everyone.

On Monday the Town of Long Lake will be hosting TWO parades. One at 8:30am (well that’s when line up really happens) and the Hamilton County Wide Parade at 2pm complete with floats, fire trucks, candy and guest speaker Teresa Sayward.

Monday at 4pm Long Lake will be hosting Tribute to the Troops, A Concert Event with Peggy Lynn featuring interviews with 20 vets from Tupper Lake, NY, Long Lake, NY and Indian Lake NY. In Long Lake you’ll see interviews from Tom Bissell, Mike Arsenault, John Hosley, John Rayome Jr, Tim Touchette and Bunny Austin.

We offer a lot and we offer ample lodging and dining. Check our our website for more information at

Making of Tribute to the Troops

Tribute to the Troops, a multi-media event is slated for the Long Lake Town Hall on Monday, May 30th at 4pm.

This special collection of personal remembrances of Adirondack veterans from Long Lake, Indian Lake and Tupper Lake will be featured at a concert performed Memorial Day weekend by Peggy Lynn.

Peggy Lynn, singer, songwriter and arts educator brings an infectious enthusiasm to all her endeavors. With a sultry, yet powerful alto voice, Peggy gives a clear message of the passion underlying her songs. While her style and range give meaning and feeling to all her work, her most powerful message, her passion, is for the contributions and burdens of women. Peggy ranges from folksy to blues with equal ease, alone or harmonizing with others.

Local producers with cameras, notepads and infectious enthusiaum interviewed 19 veterans from Long Lake, Indian Lake and Tupper Lake for a personal look into their military service.

So many stories, and so many memories. The collection has been edited together and will be shared in concert with Peggy Lynn coming to you in Indian Lake, Tupper Lake and Long Lake.

Long Lake hosts this concert tribute on Memorial Day, May 30th at 4pm at the Long Lake Town Hall. Tickets for Art Center members are $10 and vets are free. Don’t miss history in the making.

For more information about the concerts in Indian Lake and Tupper Lake check out the If you aren’t a member, please join! Arts and life are alive in the Adirondacks!

For lodging, dining and general information about Long Lake check out over 100 web pages at

Also this weekend look for the Great Adirondack Garage Sale, 70 miles of Garage Sales from Long Lake to Old Forge, Inlet, Raquette Lake, Blue Mt. Lake and Indian Lake.

4th of July 2010… Bed Races Succeed!

Great Day Had by all in Long Lake, NY, July 4, 2010.

The Bed Races kicked off at 6pm on School Street. The DOT may have denied us for safety reasons and lack of detours, but the Hamilton County Sheriff and New York State Troopers were on hand to put their stamp of approval on the festivities. The Long Lake Rescue Squad pulled in with the ambulance and we were off to the races.

Eight teams gathered in the school parking lot.

The Rayome Family Entered with “Rayome University” Rumor has it a bed was snatched up at the dump and created and planned by the Rayome Crew.

The bed didn’t quite make it past the finish line.

Cellar Crew Faces Norsing Around

The Cellar Crew prevailed in that heat.

Hoss's vs. LL Parks & Rec / Water Department

Winners of the Event

First Place: Wallace Contracting / Fire Department

Wallace Contracting Fire Department

Winners of the Long Lake Bed Races

Second Place: The Black Flies

Third Place: The Cellar Crew (they had fantastic dresses!)

The Cellar Crew Struts Their Stuff

Best in Show: The Black Flies

4th of July Looks HOT & HUMID!

Kids Games at 11am on Sunday, July 4

Bust out your boat, fill up the cooler and head down to the LL Town Ballfield on Sunday, July 4th at 11am. Games for all ages kicks off with a scavenger hunt and pinata game for the littles and we morph into timeless classics including sack races, hula hoops, egg toss and much much more. Winners of the games visit our exclusive prize booth.

6pm Bed Races WILL GO ON… in a new location, on School Street. We have trophies and prizes and judges to help with the return of Long Lake’s signature 4th of July Event. It may not be on the main drag, the runners may have to push up hill, but come on out to see what we have in store for you.

The Beach will be busy with Penelope the Clown, the Fire Department BBQ, and 4i Band rockin’ out until dusk. Lifeguards will be on duty until 9pm.

Bring your lawn chair, get there early, stay late and remember why we are celebrating. Please pay homage to the Independence of our Country and think of our service men and women overseas who cannot be at home to celebrate with us.

Life in LL Today

Long Lake Legion 2009 Memorial Day

Long Lake Legion 2009 Memorial Day

Two days ago it was 80 degrees and beautiful. Yesterday, another humidish day, but the wind kicked up in the afternoon, shaking windows, blowing trees. My cousin was down the lake (that’s the Northend) moving docks over to camp. Our family boat still rests in the garage driveway at the marina, teasing me each time I drive by. I’m sure once the black flies are in full force, my boat will be ready.

This morning it was 30 degrees. It was virtually impossible to get the kids out of bed.

Today discussion was all about the summer. Where garbage cans go, what the garbage route is and how often it’s picked up. Don’t leave anything for the bears!

Next big event is Memorial Day. The American Legion of Long Lake honors those who served our country in a long standing tribute of respect and an honor to the freedom of the United States and all the sacrifices made by those who’ve died and served our country. This tradition is carried on from generation to generation and makes me proud to call myself a Long Laker.

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