Posts Taged 2020

Updated Hiking and Camping Info from NYSDEC

NY’s Outdoors Are Open
#RecreateLocal – Safely and Responsibly

For the safety of all visitors and to reduce the community spread of COVID-19, DEC and State Parks are undertaking steps to reduce public density:

DEC is closing access to DEC-controlled fire towers until further notice. Trails and the summits to the towers remain open, but the towers themselves present a potential risk with multiple people climbing the stairs, in close quarters, unable to appropriately socially distance, and using the same handrails;


Limiting parking. State Parks may reduce the number of available parking spaces on high visitation days. Please avoid visiting crowded areas. For visitor safety and the safety of others, do not park on roadsides and only park in designated parking areas;


Boat Launches and Marinas: Marinas and boat launch sites are open where conditions allow. Call the park or regional office directly for current status;
Swimming: State Park beaches and pools will remain closed to swimming through May 31. State Parks continues to review plans to reopen swimming facilities and will announce any change in status;


Camping changes: all state-operated campgrounds, cabins, pavilions, and cottages are closed to visitation through May 31. All visitors with reservations will be issued a full refund. New York State has suspended all new camping, cabin and cottage reservations for the 2020 season until further notice. Visitors who wish to cancel an existing reservation may do so and receive a full refund, or you can transfer it to the 2021 season;


Temporarily stop issuing permits for backcountry camping for groups of 10 or more, and for more than 3 days at one location on state lands;
Temporarily restricting lean-to- use to members of a single household at a time;

While enjoying outdoor spaces, please continue to follow the CDC/NYSDOH’s guidelines for preventing the spread of colds, flu, and COVID-19:

Stay home if you are sick, or showing or feeling any COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, coughing, and/or troubled breathing;
Practice social distancing. Keep at least six (6) feet of distance between you and others even when outdoors;


Wear a mask when you cannot maintain social distancing;
Avoid close contact, such as shaking hands, hugging, and high-five;
Wash hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when soap and water are not available; and
Avoid unnecessary contact with surfaces that are often touched, such as doorknobs and handrails.


DEC and State Parks also encourage visitors to state parks and state lands, and other parks to:

Stay local and keep visits short;
Visit in small groups limited to immediate household members;
Maintain a distance from others while in places where people tend to congregate, such as parking lots, trailheads, and scenic overlooks;
Avoid games and activities that require close contact, such as basketball, football, or soccer;

Do not share equipment, such as bicycles, helmets, balls, or Frisbees;

If you arrive at a park or trail and crowds are forming, choose a different park, a different trail or return another time/day to visit; and

If parking lots are full, please do not park along roadsides or other undesignated areas. To protect your safety and that of others, please choose a different area to visit, or return another time or day when parking is available.

New Yorkers over 70 years old or with a compromised immune system should not visit public spaces, including those outdoors. These New Yorkers should remain indoors or spend time in the backyard or other personal outdoor space, pre-screen visitors by taking their temperature, and require visitors to wear masks.

Visitors to the Adirondack and Catskill Parks are reminded to always follow the Hiker Responsibility Code and avoid busy trailheads. Find trails less traveled and visit when trails may not be as busy during daylight hours. DEC also encourages New Yorkers to be safe and sustainable when recreating outdoors. Learn more about how you can protect natural spaces when exploring outdoors by following the seven principles of Leave no Trace. Additional information is available on the DEC website.

Sporting Licenses – HOSS’S OFFERS SPORTING LICENSES.
Call 518-624-2481

To limit the community spread of COVID-19, DEC is encouraging hunters, trappers, and anglers to purchase sporting licenses online. Sporting licenses may be purchased online at any time, and anglers may use their privileges immediately by simply carrying their transaction number (DEC-LS#) with them while afield.

Anglers, hunters, and trappers may also use the HuntFishNY mobile app to display an electronic copy of their license. The HuntFishNY app is available for download through the Apple App or Google Play stores. Back tags and carcass tags must still be mailed, and customers should allow 10-14 days for receipt of their tags.

DEC will provide updates periodically via email, social media, and at www.dec.ny.gov. We will also be available to respond to questions or concerns regarding visitation opportunities at contact@dec.ny.gov

Helpful DEC Links
http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7865.html

Back Country Info West Central ADKS
Back Country Info High Peaks
Back Country Info East Central ADKS

 

 

 

Link to Long Lake/Raquette Lake Hiking Info Descriptions for hikes below listed there.

Please do NOT rely on cell phone service. Download maps, preserve your cell phone battery.  Prepare for bugs, mud on the trail. Leave No Trace principals. Use registers, one person from party. Bring mask / cloth face covering on trails in case you cross paths with anyone.  

Be kind. 

Easy Hikes:

Buttermilk Falls – Long Lake
Death Brook Falls – Raquette Lake
Goodnow Mountain – Newcomb
Coney Mountain – county line between Long Lake & Tupper Lake
Lake Eaton Campground Loop
Catlin Bay Leanto – Off of Northville Lake Placid Trail – Long Lake
Mt. Sabattis/Northville Lake Placid 3 Brook Loop Trail – Long Lake

Things to Do to Keep you Busy

COMMUNITY UNITY BEAR-DECORATING

Calling all Long Lakers, the Town of Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a community “unity” event and encouraging any home who would like, to put a decorated cutout of a Long Lake bear in their front yard. The cutouts are available for FREE at the Geiger arena, beginning on Friday May 8th. The idea is to have as many homes as possible decorate a bear and place it in their yard by May 22nd.

Parks & Rec Department will go around about 4PM on May 22nd and take pictures of the different decorations. This is not a contest, just a way to bring back some sense of unity in this trying time of social isolation and quarantine.


We ask anyone going to pick up their cutout to follow all CDC guidelines regarding social distancing, sanitation, and masks. Please email longlakeevents@gmail.com to sign up so we don’t miss any decorations, or if you have any questions.

HAMILTON COUNTY MILE CHALLENGE

The “Hamilton County Mile Challenge”  is a family-led activity where kids (and adults) time themselves on a one mile course. On the honor system, participants submit their times to the Four Rivers Alliance of Hamilton County and the school PE teacher. Mile times would be posted on Facebook.

Timeline:  May 8—End of school year. 

The Course: 

Start in the school parking lot. There will be a sign indicating the start line. From the school participants will turn right to head towards Stewart’s (this is about a quarter mile). Staying on the sidewalk, when participants get to the intersection they will turn right Participants will continue on the sidewalk until they get to the road that goes behind the post office. They will turn right down this road, Owls Head lane until they get to the turn around sign which will be at half a mile. They will turn around, at the turn around sign, and venture back to the school to complete the one mile course. Runners and walkers are encouraged to improve their times over the Challenge’s scheduled timeline.

 


Participants will be entered in drawings in several categories at the conclusion of the event. 

The “Hamilton County Mile Challenge”  is a family-led activity where kids (and adults) time themselves on a one mile course. On the honor system, participants submit their times to the Four Rivers Alliance of Hamilton County and the school PE teacher. Mile times would be posted on Facebook.

Submit times and pictures to Miss Klossner at hannah.klossner@longlakecsd.com and 4riversofhamiltoncounty@gmail.com

ADKS We Will Be Here, Later. Covid-19 Updates

Strong is in our nature

 

Whether you live close by or on the other side of the world, we know the Adirondacks hold a special place in your heart. But unfortunately, now is not the time to visit. Now is a time to PAUSE, reconnect with loved ones, and find safe, healthy adventures close to home.

 

With that said, right now everyone deserves something to look forward to and find hope in. The Adirondacks, from the mountains to the lakes, the restaurants to the unique shops, will always endure. So rest assured, we will be here, ready to reconnect and welcome you back when the time is right. You can depend on that.

 

#WeWillBeHereADK

Strong is in our nature

Whether you live close by or on the other side of the world, we know the Adirondacks hold a special place in your heart. But unfortunately, now is not the time to visit. Now is a time to PAUSE, reconnect with loved ones, and find safe, healthy adventures close to home.

With that said, right now everyone deserves something to look forward to and find hope in. The Adirondacks, from the mountains to the lakes, the restaurants to the unique shops, will always endure. So rest assured, we will be here, ready to reconnect and welcome you back when the time is right. You can depend on that.

 

#WeWillBeHereADK

 

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From Dr. Rider – Update

Update from Dr. Rider:                                                                                   3/20/20


As of press time today, we are seeing increased numbers of Covid-19 infections across the state and in response, the Governor has increased the number of workplace reductions and restrictions. These announcements can provoke anxiety and fear about the virus.  Keep in mind the following:


·      Many people may acquire the Covid-19 virus, but most of those infections will be unnoticed or mild and the biggest threat that the infection holds is the threat to society by exposing the elderly or medically compromised.  Therefore, isolation is the most important action you can take to prevent the spread of the infection.


·      Some people are  getting  caught up in the numbers of confirmed cases in each county….do not get a false sense of security that your county may only have a few or no confirmed cases…..presume the virus is here (because it most assuredly is)…isolate, wash your hands, and when out getting necessities,  stay 6 feet away from others (especially the elderly). 


·      As of today,…. we have no reliable treatment for Covid-19, so even if you test positive for the virus there is nothing to offer you for the treatment of mild cases.  You should treat it like you would a cold…. stay in your home, isolate, monitor your temperature, wash your hands and seek medical treatment if symptoms worsen or you develop difficulty breathing.


·      Getting tested for a mild case is not necessary and as you may have seen, many places have limited testing to only those who are very sick or healthcare workers so they can return to work if negative.


·      In response to the Governor’s directive, many municipalities and counties are reducing staff, limiting access to buildings, and restricting visitors.  At my office we are limiting visits to “necessity only” and routine visits will be cancelled and re-scheduled later or conducted by telephone.  This is not only to protect you…but to protect me, my staff, and other patients from unnecessary exposure.

 
·      Please note that many offices, as well as my own, will have locked entrance doors and are asking people to call staff in advance so we can provide directions for entering the building.  We are taking the isolation/exposure issue very seriously and hope you are too!
 
We all need to take a deep breath, slow down and not panic over all the information and news we are getting thrown at us daily….our County and State Departments of Health are doing a great job in keeping us up to date on the latest information as they receive it,  and ensuring our residents are getting the care they need.


We will get through this together.  Well, actually…6 feet apart!
Russell E. Rider MD and Staff  


Other web pages being updated during this crisis.

Link is

Sign up for alerts
https://mylonglake.com/covid-19-local-alert-sign-up/
 
 
Public Health Updates & Info
https://mylonglake.com/our-town-government/public-health/
 
Local Business Updates/General Community Announcements
https://mylonglake.com/local-updates/
 
Town Board Meeting Updates and Special Government Announcements
https://mylonglake.com/agendas/
 


 

2020.03.20 Internet SLIC & Frontier Info

Here is a list of available Internet Web Providers in our Long Lake/Raquette Lake Area.  We will update it as more information becomes available.  

SLIC NETWORK SOLUTIONS
877-754-2266
https://www.slic.com/
 
New customers – Free Installation
SLIC is lowering the cost for additional bandwidth for the next several months to assist families with their increased online demands, including school.
877-754-2266.
$10 tier upgrade for existing customers.
 
FRONTIER INTERNET SOLUTIONS
855-881-6385 
https://www.frontierinternetoffer.com/index.html
Start up promotion Pricing for Frontier internet ranges from** all prices subject to change depending on location
70 Mbps $44.99
24 Mbps $34.99
6   Mbps $27.99
 
Verizon Cell Phone Service

https://www.verizonwireless.com/plans/

AT&T Phone/Wireless Service

https://www.att.com/plans/wireless/ 

 

 

 

2020 Hors D’Oeuvres Results Announced!

A buzz was in the air on Friday, February 21st for the Annual Long Lake Hors D’Oeuvres Tour the benchmark event for the Town of Long Lake’s Winter Wonderland Week.   
 
Guests of the tour were invited to ride the Long Lake’s community “Little Bus” and visit the local restaurants to vote for their favorite appetizer.  Guests hailed from Columbia County, NY, Plattsburgh, Tupper Lake, Long Lake and Albany and other locales.  The participating restaurants included: The Adirondack Hotel, the Long Lake Diner/Owl’s Head Pub and the Long View Lodge. 
 
With a good turnout, Long Lake looked to neighbor in Newcomb, to use their community bus to supplement transportation for the event.  Supervisor Robin DeLoria offered his ten-passenger bus to be used for the event citing he was happy to share services between the two upstate municipalities straddling Essex and Hamilton County.  
 

 


Guests descended upon the venues one at a time, moving about the community to try three appetizers at each location.  Guests had a voting card to review and select their favorite at each venue. The judging was to consider each individual appetizer with overall impression, presentation, uniqueness, combination of flavors, pleasing to the palate and originality. 

The Long View Lodge served a Chicken Pesto Puff Pastry, a Scallop Seafood Crostini and Bacon wrapped Meatloaf over Mashed Potatoes.  The overall winner for the Long View Lodge was the Chicken Pesto Puff Pastry with one guest saying, this was the favored selection, it should be on the menu and the dish was beautifully presented.

The Long Lake Diner/Owls Head Pub served each dish individually with a sorbet palate cleanser offered between each selection.  Dishes included Chicken Sausage Chili cup in a hand-molded tortilla, Bacon Bourbon BBQ, Battered and Breaded Pork Ribs  and Fried Green Tomatoes. The Chili Cup took top honors.  Comments remarked, “Execution at the diner was excellent, loved being served the dishes one at a time, and the flavors and the chili would be great to have coming off the trails. Loved the ribs too!”
 

The Adirondack Hotel served a Venison Slider, Smoked Duck with Brie and Smoked Salmon.  The Adirondack took top prizes for their Smoked Duck with Brie. Fans raving that the dish was a great combination of tastes citing the onion on the duck was a very nice touch.   
 

Guests were impressed with the portions and were full by the end of the night.  Guests remarked at the great camaraderie of the company, the organization of the event, the chefs creativity and the excellent service. 
 
The next foodie involved event in Long Lake will be in May during the Eat ADK Restaurant Week,  April 30th – May 7th.  More information will be available at www.mylonglake.com

LEap Year bus in Long Lake is free

Long Lake Leep Year Bus

Saturday, February 29th 2020, from 5 p.m. to Midnight, the Long Lake “Little Bus” will be running in Long Lake.  Hop on board Long Lake’s free door to door transportation and make the most out of leap year.  Visitors and residents can take the little bus to The Geiger Arena and Mt. Sabattis for a family night of ice skating and sledding under the stars. On Saturday, February 29th, the Mt. Sabattis/Geiger Arena is open from 1pm – 5pm and 6pm until 10pm with skating, sledding, and a bonfire.  Little Bus riders can also visit one of the dining establishments in town for an impromptu date night.
 
Catch a ride from home or an area lodging and back, pop out for dessert, or enjoy a night out with friends on Leap Year Saturday.  February 29th only falls on a Saturday once every 28 years, so you don’t want to miss this one.
 
Little bus phone number is 518-524-3106, the phone will be on starting at 5 p.m. and will end its service at Midnight. 
 
This event is sponsored by the Long Lake Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.  For more information on snowmobile trail conditions, events, lodging, retail and dining options check mylonglake.com.
 

Winter Wonderland Week 2020

Bubble Trouble happening on Tuesday, February 18th at 12pm at the Long Lake Town Hall.  Free!  Fun for all ages!  

The annual Winter Wonderland Week returns with tons of great activities almost every day throughout the holiday break. 

Saturday, February 15th

Kick out the jams with an 80’s Skate & Pizza party on Saturday, February 15th at 6pm at the Geiger Arena.  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. 

Tuesday, February 18th

The fun continues on Tuesday February 18th at 12pm with Jeff Boyer’s Bubble Bonanza. Mixing comedy, music, and interactive bubble-magic, Jeff engages and delights audiences of all ages. It’s a sensory-friendly bubble extravaganza for the whole family!  This event is free for all. 

Wednesday, February 19

Keep the winter week rolling with a Nordic Ski Excursion on Wednesday February 19th at 10am, meeting at the Geiger Arena.  The group will then carpool to Cedarlands for a semi “guided” Nordic ski around the area.  All abilities are welcome and some informal instruction will be offered from the more experienced skiers.  Free ski rentals available at Hoss’s Country Corner or the Adk Trading Post. For more information call 518-624-3077. 

Thursday, February 20th

Continuing with the sliding theme is the Oak Mountain Tubing Trip on Thursday February 20th at 9am.  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 9am and return approximately 3:30pm. 

Be sure not to miss the Kids Movie Night at 5pm that same day.  Pizza and popcorn provided and bus transportation available by sign up.  Movie starts around 5pm and this month’s movie is Toy Story 4. 

Friday, February 21

And finally, close out the Winter Wonderland Week with the ever popular Hors D’Oeuvres Tour on Friday February 21st at 5pm.  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.  Must reserve in advance.  Tickets will be available online until Monday, February 17th.  Price includes appetizers only.  Drinks and extras are additional charge.  Tickets available online at www.mylonglake.com/tour.  

 

Hors D’Oeuvres Tour 2020 Announced in Long Lake

Tickets Click here

On Friday, February 21st, 2020 the Town of Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department and area restaurants open up the doors for the return of the Hors D’Oeuvres Tour from 6pm until 10pm. Venues for 2020 include the Adirondack Hotel, Long Lake Diner & Owl’s Head Pub and the Long View Lodge.
 
Tickets are $35 for individuals or a $65 for a couple. Guests will dine on three appetizers from each restaurant and vote for the best. The Long Lake Little Bus will provide free door to door transportation. Guests will be responsible for tips and drinks are sold separately.
 
Purchase tickets on-line at www.mylonglake.com/tour. Guests traveling from out of town are welcome to participate in our Little Bus park and ride service from their lodging location or from the municipal lot located at 1167 Main Street in Long Lake, NY.  Due to popular demand, Long Lake Parks and Recreation has partnered with The Town of Newcomb to have the use of their bus for additional passengers, so there will be two busses running.
 
The order of stops will be selected at random the day of the event. Guests use a voting card to review their items and assign a score. Guests participating in the event travel as a group with event liaisons helping guide the guests on the tour.  
 
Every guest becomes the judge and vote on a points system considering presentation, quality, taste, texture and originality. Each restaurant will be awarded their best appetizer and reviews at the end of the tour which may be used to help design their upcoming menus or their social media channels. Each participating restaurant will be recognized for the best hors d’oeuvres served at their individual establishment. 
 
Advance Tickets are $35 for individual ticket or $65 a couple.  On-line sales and over the counter sales will close on Monday, February 17th at noon to ensure that participating restaurants have an accurate headcount for the event.  On-line sales are at www.mylonglake.com/tour. 
 
All the restaurants will be open for regular dining service in addition to the Hors D’Oeuvres Tour.  The Town of Long Lake and these same venues will also be participating in the spring Eat ADK event taking place April 30th to May 7, 2020.
 
Participating establishments include, The Adirondack Hotel, the Long Lake Diner/Owls Head Pub and the Long View Lodge.  For more information on the event or lodging or please call 518-624-3077.  Guests must have reservations by Monday, February 17th by noon or will be added to a waiting list, so sign up early.
 

In the News January 2020

Long Lake/Raquette Lake In the News.
 
Long Lake and Raquette Lake receive mentions in local and national media.  Here’s a wrap up of links of where you can find the most updated info from this past week of January 2020.


Black Bear, a movie directed by Lawrence Michael Levine, was shot in Long Lake, NY in the summer of 2019 and it made its Sundance Premiere on January 24, 2020.  Here are some links about the production and interviews with actress Aubrey Plaza, known for her role April Ludgate, the deadpan and apathetic intern from “Parks and Recreation” that served as the actress’ breakout role.
 
https://variety.com/2020/film/news/aubrey-plaza-black-bear-grumpy-cat-judy-spirit-awards-1203478472/
 
https://www.indiewire.com/2020/01/black-bear-review-christopher-abbott-aubrey-plaza-lawrence-michael-levine-1202205503/
 
https://ew.com/movie-reviews/2020/01/24/aubrey-plaza-black-bear-sundance/
 
In other news, Long Lake was mentioned in the Adirondack Explorer as it promotes a recent video produced by Crafting A Brand in September and October 2019 promoting Long Lake and Raquette Lake.


 
https://www.adirondackexplorer.org/stories/long-lake-lures-tourists-with-drones-eye-view
 
Raquette Lake was mighty cold, but doesn’t boast a record. Mentioned in the Post Star.
 
https://poststar.com/news/local/mighty-cold-but-no-record/article_48c8d97a-4a7f-5961-b7e4-e1de91569419.html
 
Sandra Scott writes of a family trip to Nicaragua and mentions fishing and Raquette Lake.  
 
https://oswegocountytoday.com/sandra-scott-travels-for-a-great-vacation-rent-a-house/entertainment/sandra-scott-travels/
 
 
The Long Lake Winter Carnival and wrap up is featured in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.


 
https://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/news/local-news/2020/01/lots-of-smiles-at-long-lake-winter-carnival/
 
 
 
 
 

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