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Japanese Power Trio Shonen Knife to play Long Lake 2012

The underground all-female Japanese pop-punk band, Shonen Knife, will be performing in Long Lake on Saturday, July 28th at the Mt. Sabattis Pavilion. The concert starts at 6pm. (Scroll down to the bottom for more details on the venue) The band is heavily influenced by 1960’s girl groups, pop bands and early punk rock acts such as the Ramones. The trio maintains an underground garage rock sound rooted in edgy instrumentation.

Shonen Knife has been performing around the world and this year marks their 30th Anniversary and The Town of Long Lake in the Adirondacks will be welcoming them.

Alexandra Roalsvig, The Director of the Town of Long Lake’s Parks and Recreation Department reached out to Naoko with a series of questions to introduce them to the upstate audience.

In her own words…
Questions for Naoko and Shonen Knife for Long Lake, NY Adirondacks.

Naoko, vocal & guitar answered:
First of all we are thrilled Shonen Knife will be visiting the Adirondacks on July 28th in New York State this year.  Thank you!

Naoko: You are welcome and we are very happy to visit the Adirondacks.

Have you ever heard of the Adirondacks?

Naoko:  I’ve never heard of it before.  I looked up through internet and found that it’s a beautiful place.

Most people in Long Lake have not heard of Shonen Knife.  For someone new to Shonen Knife what albums do you recommend they listen to first?

Naoko: I recommend “Pop Tune” album.  It is the most happy, cheerful album.  It’s made by the present members, Ritsuko, Emi and I, the most powerful lineup.

What can fans expect in Long Lake for their introduction to Shonen Knife?

Naoko: We’d like to play enjoyable show and make people happy through our music.

I love the video for Perfect Freedom – Long Lake looks like the location in your video!  Will you be performing that song on the tour this summer?  I HOPE!

Naoko: Thank you very much!  We took that video at a big park but it isn’t huge like Long Lake.  I’ll make a set list now.  I’d like to answer to your request.

What songs get most requested?

Naoko: Since we have more than one hundred repertories, we get requests for many songs like Banana Chips, Twist Barbie, Bear Up Bison, I wanna eat Chocobars, Riding on the Rocket, Cobra versus Mongoose and … so many.

Did you ever get to meet the Ramones?

Naoko: Yes.  I first met them in 1995.  Since then, I saw them some more times.  I wrote the story about it on this page.
Please scroll this page.

How great was it to celebrate 30 years of Shonen Knife with a tribute to the Ramones?  Did you hear from any of the remaining Ramones about the album?

Naoko: I like Joey’s solo album.  It’s fancy.

How did you start working with Good Charamel Records?

Naoko: 5 years ago, Good Charamel invited me to join the recording of their label band called the Juliet Dagger.  I played the guitar and sang for some songs. Since then we got to know each other.

Shonen Knife has been on the music scene for over 30 years, what keeps you going?

Naoko: I never look back and just look “near future”.  I think it makes me keep going.  Actually I’m lazy and did never reconsideration and having a future plan, though.

Who wrote the songs on Pop Tune?

Naoko:  I wrote all songs on Pop Tune album.

What inspires you to write and how long from pen to paper to music does it take you to write a song?

Naoko: I wrote 9 songs in 9 weeks.  The last song of Pop Tune album “Move on” was written 2 years ago.

What inspires you to write your music?

Naoko:  My daily life and experience, my favorite things like sweets.  Then I expand these things with my imagination.
I wrote my introduction for songs here ↓

How do you keep your energy up while on tour?

Naoko: Playing tennis and keep healthy my physical.

What is your favorite American food to eat?

Naoko: I like American peanuts, mushroom veggie burger, BLT sandwiches and I can’t remember.  Everything is good.

How important is technology (cell phones & internet) to what you do?

Naoko: Internet is very useful for us because I can answer your e-mail interview very easily.
I can send this anytime, even in the midnight. I think too much technology destroy humanity.  We have to use technology but shouldn’t be controlled by it.

What’s the biggest show you have ever played?

Naoko: At some rock festivals.  Fuji Rock Festival in Japan, Reading Festival in UK, Big Day Out in Australia and NZ, Lollapalooza tour, too. Opened up for Nirvana shows were big, too.

How long will you keep playing music?

Naoko: I can’t imagine.  As long as I can.

Have you ever had your songs on TV?  Movies?  Commercials? Anime?  And which ones?   My 12 year old son can’t wait to meet you!

Naoko: Yes.  There are so many times and I can’t remember.  For Anime, our song “Buttercup” was used for “The Powerpuff Girls”.  Our cover of “Top of the World” was used for a movie and CM for Microsoft.“Ah, Singapore” was used for a movie, too.  And we have many more.

How much does American culture affect what you do?

Naoko: Without conscious, I often write songs related American culture.  For example, I’ve wrote songs about Barbie doll, Jelly Beans, Bison, All you can eat restaurant in America.

Why is most of your music in English? Do you do two versions of your music?  One English and one Japanese?  Why English?

Naoko: For me, English is a language of Rock Music because I like American and British rock bands.  For some albums, I wrote Japanese lyrics and English lyrics as bilingual songs.  For me, English is more getting along my melody lines.  Also my English lyrics aren’t so difficult and I’m sure many Japanese understand it.  I put lyrics and Japanese translation on inner leaflet of Japanese CD.

You have a fabulous wardrobe, bright, bold, happy, colors that pop.  Will we get to see some of your fashion on stage this summer in Long Lake on the tour?  Who designs the outfits?

Naoko: Yes, of course.  My younger sister Atsuko, who is our original member of Shonen Knife, designs and make the outfits.  We are inspired by 60’s and 70’s fashion.

When will you record next?

Naoko: We’ve just released “Pop Tune” and go to UK/Europe tour after North American tour.  We can record after next summer, I think.

How many albums have you recorded?

Naoko: 1 cassette album, 16 original full album and 1 cover album, totally, I think.

What’s the weirdest place you’ve ever performed a show?

Naoko: We always play at cool places.

Long Lake has a year round population of 711 people in 449 square miles.  What is the smallest town you have ever played in?

Naoko: Wow 711 people!!!  But 449 miles is so huge.  711 people town is the smallest, I think.  I wish 712 people.

712 is our secret number.  In Japanese, we pronounce Seven is Nana, One is Ichi and 2 is Ni or Futatsu.
Take the first sound of each word.  Na-na, I-chi Fu-tasu = Na – I – Fu = naifu = Knife
I feel destiny between Shonen Knife and Long Lake.

What’s next for Shonen Knife?

Naoko: I can’t wait to go to Long Lake and see people.  Keep on rockin’!

Shonen Knife is an all-girl power pop punk-rock trio hailing from Osaka, Japan. On July 28th, 2012 Shonen Knife will be performing at the Mt. Sabattis Pavilion in Long Lake with White Mystery as the opener. Doors Open at 5pm. Concert Starts at 6pm. Tickets are $15 and kids under 12 are free. Call 518.624.3077 for info. Tickets are cash or check only. Sorry, no credit cards. T-shirts and merch will be available on site!

The Mt. Sabattis Pavilion located off of Deerland Road, Route 30 in Long Lake. The Pavilion is a covered open-air facility. It is recommended to bring coolers, lawn chairs, a flashlight and flat shoes for the uneven ground.

Directions to Mt. Sabattis Pavilion

Entrance located at 1100 Deerland Road and look for the signs.

Mt. Sabattis Pavilion is located at the very top of the Mt. Sabattis Recreation Area in Long Lake NY. The road up is located at the intersection of South Hill Road and Route 28N/30 across from the Long Lake Post Office. If you get lost – stop at an area business, the friendly folks will be happy to tell you where to find the Pavilion.

For GPS – or mapquest directions enter the address of 1100 Deerland Road, Long Lake NY.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts.

Running from the Flies 5K Results 2012 Long Lake, NY

Racers gather for pre-race meeting

Despite a gloomy forecast 34 runners turned out for the first Running From the Flies 5K race on June 2, 2012. The race was held at John Dillon Park in Long Lake, NY sponsored by the Town of Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department.

Mass start!

Racers arrived in the morning delighted at the low impact of the black flies. Racers and spectators were directed up the route 30 approximately one mile north of the John Dillon entrance to park cars and to hop aboard the Paul Smith’s shuttle van. The van delivered contestants to the registration area at the John Dillon Welcome Center located two miles in from route 30.

The course, along Grampus Lake, featuring gravel packed, mobility accessible trails which merged with a dirt road up to Handsome Pond circling back to by the eastern end of Grampus Lake to the upper parking lot. The first leg of the course was mostly uphill and once tackled the rest of the course was primarily mixed, flat terrain. The course was all dirt and gravel with some rocks. Some of the race followed wooden boardwalks that were slippery due to an overnight rainfall, but runners were cautioned and many used a special “tip toe” technique to navigate the hazard.

Race course along Grampus Lake

The rain held off and 34 racers hit a mass start at approximately 10:15am. Racers ranged in age from age 11 to over 50.

Trophies were awarded to the top male racer, John Burger with a time of 22:25 and top female racer, Samantha Burnett at 27:42

Winners 2012 Running From the Flies 5K - John Burger and Samantha Burnett

The race was hosted by the Town of Long Lake, Paul Smith’s College, John Dillon Park and International Paper. Volunteers manned water stations, the registration table. Members of the 2012 Long Lake lifeguard team manned the time clock and the Long Lake Rescue Squad was on scene to provide medical services if needed.

Racers received a lunch from Paul Smith’s and T-shirts designed by Stacked Graphics in Tupper Lake, NY.

John Dillon Park is located at 2150 Tupper Road/Route 30 in Long Lake NY is owned by International Paper and managed by Paul Smith’s College. It is a mobility accessible campground on the shores of Grampus Lake located in Long Lake, NY. The campground is open to everyone and offers free on-site lean to camping making the natural landscape of the Adirondacks available to everyone, especially people with disabilities.

John Dillon Park boasts nine lean-to’s built for accessibility. There are wide trails, flat throughout the park to accommodate wheelchairs so anyone can enjoy the beauty and natural surroundings along Grampus Lake and a new site on Handsome Pond.

Pinny # Times Names  
347 22’25 Dave Burger   First Male
420 22’57Scott Weilacher  
413 25’55 Joseph Florenza  
29 27’38 Leonard Clement  
34 27’42 Samantha Burnett   First Female
416 28’25 Cecilia Poulin  
35 28’36 John Mulcahey  
443 29’03 Elizabeth Kreppel  
419 29’09 Jillian Kreppel  
38 29’52 Robert Burns  
220 29’54 Laura Levi  
242 29’54 Mike Black  
412 29’56 Sophia Martin  
225 30’09 Carma Flannery  
48 30’35 Thomas Ventre  
102 30’45 Timothy Lamoy  
448 31’34 Dave Staspak  
403 31’34 Nancie Battaglia  
442 32’06 Corenne Black  
401 32’06 Spencer Morrissey  
36 32’35 Linda Pickering  
223 33’00 Leslie  Bouchamp  
46 33’29 Stephen Flannery  
50 34’37 Wayne Gerhartz  
441 34’38 Amy Gerhartz  
18 36’33 Karen Sweet  
222 36’58 Paul Roalsvig  
421 39’45 Genevieve Lipps  
137 39’45 Maria Black  
24 42’20 Stephen Ellis  
49 42’20 Sara Wade  
226 43’15 Genevieve Boyd  
104 46’00 Jean Iselo  

Click here for John Dillon Park

Long Lake and Raquette Lake Community Pride Day 2012

On May 2, 2012, the Town of Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department along with help from the Long Lake Highway Department in Long Lake and Raquette Lake collaborated with the Central Adirondack Association to participate in region-wide Community Pride Day.

Great weather ushered in the day with comfortable temperatures settling over the area making it ideal to be outside and cleaning up. Over 90 volunteers from Long Lake and Raquette Lake combed area roadways collecting debris dropped over the winter. Volunteers included local residents, Frank and Lorraine Pine, Danielle Gagnier, Michelle Donnelly, Paul Roalsvig, Kelly Black, Jodi Hartle, Carlene Bulloch, George Bulloch, Clarice Glandon, Sheri Cook, Sam Keller and Luke Keller, the entire student body of Long Lake Central School and over 16 volunteers from the Long Lake Central School Faculty and Staff.

Roads covered included Route 28N, Kickerville Rd, Endion Rd, Rice Road, Dock Road, Owl’s Head Lane, Northpoint Road, South Hill Road and from the Raquette Lake School to the Village Green. Over one hundred bags of garbage were collected. Volunteers found debris including discarded batteries, beer cans, cigarette packs, food wrappers, broken bottles and several worn clothing items. Carlene Bulloch found two cars dating from the 1940’s along the edge of Northpoint Road. Early estimates project over 1400 pounds of garbage was collected.

Volunteers gear up with trash bags, safety vests, gloves, garbage picking sticks donated by Doug Blodgett and are given assignments. At noon volunteers met at the Long Lake Diner and Raquette Lake Tap Room to enjoy a delicious lunch sponsored by local businesses.

Local businesses are encouraged to send employees out to assist in cleanup efforts. Participating businesses included: The Shamrock Motel and Cottages, Long Lake Fish and Game Club, Paul H. Roalsvig, Attorney, Long Lake Lions Club, Shortridge Landscaping, The Raquette Lake Association, The Hedges, The Long Lake Association, the Long Lake Fire Department, The Long Lake Diner/Owls Head Pub, and the Raquette Lake Tap Room.

Moose Sighting Long Lake NY Adirondacks

With reports of snow and a nor’easter it seemed the story this morning would be weather, but upon checking my personal facebook page and town worker Chris Hample texted “I just saw a Moose swimming in Jennings Park Pond” I knew it was happening… NOW.

Hopped in the car to do a moose chase. Where to go. Skirted down route 30 towards the town beach keeping eyes peeled, nothing. Saw some action at the Adirondack Hotel, nothing. Headed back to the town office and grabbed an associate to keep an eye out and finally met success.

Spotted it in the parking lot at Long Lake Central School, where it then traveled down the dirt road to the ball field, it crossed the ball field, hopped back into Jennings Park Pond and headed towards the post office.

Things that run through your mind when chasing a moose. “Will it charge me?” “Why is he looking at me that way?” “He looks like a stump while he swims across the pond” “Ummm.. is that a he or a she?”

It was a pretty incredible sight to behold. First time ever sighting. And to think when I was a kid they used to say there were no turkeys and no moose. Glad things have turned around.

Photos by Alexandra Roalsvig

Grant Workshop for Long Lake NY Entrepreneurs and Microenterprise in the Adirondacks

All winter long you’ve thought about what you could do to get a little extra cash in your pocket and start the business you’ve always dreamed about. Maybe you want to make your own beer and sell it locally, or you are an excellent furniture maker or you want to do a retail business. Whatever kind of business you want to start, this is your chance to educate yourself and find out new ways to get started and have a support system in place to keep you on track.

The Hamilton County Economic Development Office will be hosting an informational session on 2012 Microenterprise Grants on Monday, April 30th, 2012 at the Long Lake Town Hall, 1204 Main Street, Long Lake, NY at 7pm. Grant funding is available for entrepreneurs seeking to create jobs and small businesses in Hamilton County.

Hamilton County Economic Development is seeking small entrepreneurial businesses to apply for funding for a new business or an already established business with five employees or less. Criteria to apply for the grant range from specific proof of low to moderate income for Hamilton County ($47,840 for household of 4) or the ability to show that the business created at least one job for a low to moderate income household. (Per NYS and Federal Requirements)

With a grant application other requirements include filing a grant application, compliance and ongoing documentation of the funding used for your business. It will be ongoing with an application for funding. Other specific criteria for this grant and more information is available at and click on Economic Development and Microenterprise Grants Quick Facts. It outlines eligibility, criteria and funding opportunities.

Funds are available for machinery, furniture, fixtures, inventory and equipment, or capital to purchase real property. Construction and remodeling are not eligible for funding. This is not a loan program, it’s a grant program. You have to pay back the money if you do not fulfill the obligations of the grant, but there are obligations including education, filing documentation, background credit checks and a business plan are required to prove an on-going commitment to this unique and exciting economic program.

The goal of the microenterprise program is to create jobs and to sustain jobs, and it’s a partnership between private enterprise and government. While funding is available, the applications are competitive and training is imperative to set yourself up in a business that can succeed. All applicants are accountable and responsible to follow through on the obligations of their application.

Grants are available ranging from a minimum of $5000 and cannot exceed 90% of the total cost of the project. The total funding available to disperse in Hamilton County is $164,000.

What do you have to do? Come to the meeting, apply for the grant and take 8- two hour entrepreneur training sessions – FOR FREE. 16 hours. It’s a lot of work, but the pay off can mean a new future for you and your family.

The life skills you receive from a 16 hour course will be useful, not only for starting your new business, but learning tangible business and marketing skills to help you in all areas of your life, managing your home finances, and to dispel the fear and myth about doing business in New York State.

The training is a great guide to help you avoid common pitfalls associated with starting a new business. Receive practical skills, how and why to write a business plan and generate new ideas about how to make it succeed.

Does a business plan have to be perfect? No, it’s a projection, it’s a goal. You’ll learn how to market your business effectively, learn about opportunities for additional funding, meet other entrepreneurs who may just offer some insights and a fresh point of view to benefit your business.

If you apply, what’s the commitment? The commitment is for the entire grant period. The work doesn’t end after finishing entrepreneurial training, that is when it begins. You will have to follow the guidelines of the grant, provide documentation for hires and business expenses. But DON’T LET THAT SCARE YOU OFF! Blood sweat and tears is part of the game. Establishing a new business today can give you greater opportunity in the future.

Come out to the 2012 Hamilton County Microenterprise Grant Informational Meeting on Monday, April 30th at the Long Lake Town Hall at 7pm.

If you’re in business, you’ve just created a job! In Hamilton County, that’s a huge deal. Success equals survival!

Don’t be put off by the hard work and investment it will take to procure these funds. This is an opportunity to make your dream come true and to give back to your community by investing time and commitment into your business dream. Nothing is free, and yes there are hoops and obstacles, but take the first step and come on out and find out if you can make it work for you.

For more information on Microenterprise Grant Funding check out and click on Economic Development and then Microenterprise Grants Quick Facts.

Come out, be a part of the growth to reinvigorate and reinvest in the future of Long Lake.

Hypnotist Hits Long Lake, NY

Avert a cabin fever crisis at the Long Lake Town Hall on March 10, 2012 at 8pm when Certified Hypnotist Cris Johnson hits the stage and takes the audience on a journey not to be forgotten! It promises to be an evening of good, clean, hilarious fun and guess what? You just might be the star!

Cris Johnson has been an entertainer for sixteen years and has traveled extensively throughout the world and the United States bringing hypnosis to corporate clients, schools, and special events. Past performances include programs for General Motors, United Airlines, Bank of America, The Home Depot, Verizon Wireless and many more.

This show promises to delight audiences with Cris’s unique approach to hypnotism. Cris starts the show by dispelling the myths about hypnosis, alleviates the fears of the audience and then the fun begins. Cris assures folks no one will be embarrassed, everyone will have a great time and applaud for their friends and family because they will be amazed at what unfolds on stage.

As the ring –master, Cris leads participating audience members on a journey into new characters, comic situations and unusual environments. Whether Cris performs his Murder by Magic, or his Mind-Reading program count on him to plug into the community and figure out how to garner the most laughs.

Cris admits he prefers to have an audience of at least fifty to have the most effective hypnosis program. “Not everyone can let down their guard to go into the trance state. There needs to be a sizeable enough audience to engage enough people to join me on the stage.” If the audience is small, Cris promises he can put on a show worth remembering, no matter what the size of the group. Cris’s talent includes performing as a comedy magician, illusionist, mind reader, mentalist and even a psychic street magician. No matter what size the audience he promises a special performance for Long Lake.

This program is sponsored by the Town of Long Lake Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.

Long Lake Town Hall
1204 Main Street, Route 30
Long Lake, NY 12847
March 10, 2012
$10 Adults
$5 16 and under

Long Lake Adirondack Ice Fest

The Ice Farm has arrived. At noon on Friday, February 3 Stan Kolonko and his sculpting partner Chris Uyehara installed the Raquette Lake Loon at the Raquette Lake Free Union School after a great lunch at the Raquette Lake Tap Room where they were regaled by local lore and jokes from the crowd.

Stan uses a lift, a handtruck and protects his ice in cardboard sheets. It took an entire week to produce the 18 blocks of ice that will be used in the Long Lake/Raquette Lake Ice Fest Event this weekend.

Stan's cart of tools used for the sculpture

Each block of ice weighs 300 pounds and Stan makes it himself at his farm. He uses a special Clinebell machine to freeze the ice. He has three of these units with two tanks. Each tank holds one block of ice and it takes three days to freeze.

Stan and Chris used three blocks of ice weighing over 300 pounds each for the Raquette Lake Logo. Care was given to the location for the sculpture to avoid a location too close to the road so the salt doesn’t kick up and melt it too quickly.

Lou Burke, Stan Kolonko, Bob Brewster, Claudia Brewster, Erik Arsenault, Danielle Gagnier and Chris Uyehara. Photo by Alexandra Roalsvig

The largest ice sculpture Stan has ever made was 30 feet tall.

This summer he will be showcasing at the Syracuse State Fair with over 500 blocks of ice on display.

Buttercup is being carved this afternoon, February 3rd at the Long Lake Town Offices at 1130 Deerland Road.

On Saturday the schedule is

8am The Long Lake Diner – Eat Breakfast!
10am Hoss’s Country Corner – T-Shirt Sale
12:00pm Long Lake Library – Kids Reading Hour
2:00pm The Shamrock Motel and Cottages – Delicious Warm Beverage served
3:30pm Mt. Sabattis – This sculpture will be the largest with five blocks of ice – you don’t want to miss this! Free Hot chocolate & popcorn too!

Come on out and watch world class artisans at work with their chainsaws, grinders, chisels, torches and newspaper.

Long Lake