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Ukrainian Aid Project Spearheaded by Raquette Laker

Ukrainian Train Station

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

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

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

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

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

Apartment Living. Photo by Rebecca Pohl

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

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

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

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

In her own words 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
These ladies can’t catch a break!

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

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

One of the army of volunteers at the train station

One of the army of volunteers at the train station

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

Backpack Project

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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

Written by Alexandra Roalsvig, Posted April 5, 2022. 

Sources:

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

2022, Wikipedia, accessed March 27, 2022  

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

Mike Norris Derby in Raquette Lake

The 22nd Annual Mike Norris Ice Fishing Derby will take place in Raquette Lake on Saturday, January 29, 2022. Registration is available on line – click here for link.  

The Mike Norris Ice Fishing Derby happens every year in Raquette Lake on the last Saturday of January. Fish for Lake Trout, Brook Trout, Perch and Salmon. Registration begins at 6am at the Raquette Lake Fire Hall. Cash Prizes, Plaques for Winners.  Sponsored by the Raquette Lake Fish and Game Club. 

There will be cash prizes and plaques for winners, and hot chocolate and snacks provided throughout the day. First line in at 7am, last line out at 3pm, final weigh-ins concluded by 3:30pm.

The Mike Norris Fishing Derby originated 22 years ago in memory of Mike Norris who was an avid outdoorsman with a deep commitment to providing safety and learning courses through the Raquette Lake Fish and Game Club. A hiking trail situated on State Route 28 between Raquette Lake and Inlet is also dedicated to Norris.  

Raquette Lake Fire Department Fund Raiser

Raquette Lake Fire Department Fundraiser
Saturday, September 25, 2021

Link to Tickets and more information

The Raquette Lake Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a Building Fund Fundraiser On The Green, September 25th, 2021 from 12 pm – 6 pm.

About this event
Come share the day with us and listen to live music by three very talented musicians. Each of these musicians have played multiple times in our area, you won’t want to miss this day!

Stage Schedule:

12:00 – 2:00 Matt Grainger ~ 2:00 – 4:00 Eric Peter ~ 4:00 – 6:00 Mitch Frasier

We will have local vendors selling all good things ADK, Food, a Chinese Auction, Kids Face Painting from 3-5 and Photo Ops with Smokey Bear.

Cost of General Admission is $30 at the door or $25 in advance. Children 12 and under are FREE. NOTE: Wristbands will be issued at the admission table /day of event. Anyone 21 and older will be asked for ID and issued an appropriate wrist band prior to admission.

Event merchandise can also be purchased the day of and or in advance @ our merchandise store:

Raquette Lake Volunteer Fire Department Store

2021 Business Winter Hours Long Lake and Raquette Lake

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Raquette Lake Winter Carnival 2020

The Raquette Lake Winter Carnival will kick off on Saturday, February 15th with youth activities starting at 11am . Games will include a sack race, sledding, tire obstacle, balloon chase, and tug-of-war.  At noon there will be a Ladies Frying Pan Toss with cash prizes of $75, $50, $25. The Team Ice Golf Competition will be at 2pm  held throughout the day for teams with cash prizes of $75, $50, $25.
 
Registration for events will take place near the bonfire location. See Kat Forsell.  at the Raquette Lake Library.  Round out the day by warming up at the bonfire with fireworks at 7pm.  and the annual tug-o-war.
 
At noon representatives from The Chazen Companies will be at the Raquette Lake library handing out community surveys, gathering input and answering questions about the comprehensive planning process happening in Raquette Lake and Long Lake.
 
The Raquette Lake Fish and Game Club and Ladies Auxiliary will be serving Hot Dogs and chili on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at  Raquette Lake Supply.
 
At 2p.m. Magicians Chris and Pete of Chris and Pete Amusements will perform in the Raquette Lake Library.  The show is free.
 
Fireworks are slated for 7pm. Showcase will be weather dependent.  Check www.facebook.com/raquettelake for schedule updates.
 
On Sunday, February 16th, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. the Raquette Lake Ladies Auxiliary sponsor a $10 all you can eat Pancake Breakfast at the Raquette Lake Fire Hall.  
 
At Noon on Sunday the Cross-Cut / Chainsaw competition will be held on the Raquette Lake Village Green. This long-standing tradition is a not to be missed event featuring timed men’s, women’s and mixed divisions.  Competitors must bring their own chainsaw!
 
Cookie donations are requested for Saturday, February 15th.  Please drop off at the Raquette Lake Library.  As in years past the Raquette Lake Library will be open for hot chocolate, cookies and warmth from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday and from Noon until 2 p.m. on Sunday.   Raquette Lake Events Coordinator Kat Forsell will be coordinating the events of the weekend.
 
For more information www.myraquettelake.com
 

You won’t Believe Your Eyes! Drone Video of Long Lake and Raquette Lake!

Feeling Long Lakey? Our “brand” is quintessential small town meets the great outdoors of the Adirondacks, a tapestry of public and private land, a one-of a kind six million acre protected park in the Northeastern United States of upstate New York. Long Lake and Raquette Lake, as a destination, invite visitors to have a transformative, restorative outdoor recreational experience. Whether it’s a gentle, quiet walk in the woods, paddling on a calm lake, soaring in the skies in a seaplane or reconnecting with the forest, a visit to our communities will infuse the visitor with a fresh perspective and rejuvenate the soul.

Find the feeling!

As featured in the The Travel Video Alliance’s Spotlight newsletter. Check it out! Link to Long Lake Spotlight

7 Activities in 7 Days

Saturday, July 6th

Sunday, July 7th

Weather outlook is PERFECTION.

So Turtle Beach, Lake Eaton, Town Beach, Golden Beach…. Take your pick! 

MONDAY, JULY 8

TUESDAY, July 9

 

WEDNESDAY, July 10th

 

THURSDAY, JULY 11

FRIDAY JULY 12

Other Fan Favorite Fun Things
Paddle Boating at Another Paradise Cove
Mini Trampoline at the Long Lake Beach
Ice Cream at Custards Last Stand
Breakfast at the Diner
Thursday Oysters Long View Lodge
Growl and Grub Tuesday, Fill up your Togo Growler
Baked Goods and Yums at Nottinghim Hollow
Pizza at Turners
BBQ on Wed at the Adk Hotel
Friends of Music Present Concert on Thursday’s at United Methodist Church
Saint Williams Long Point in Raquette Lake Concert Series on Thursdays
Lobster Roll Friday, ADK Trading Post
Fish Fry Friday’s at The Cellar
Picnic outside
Burger at The Park
Cemetery Quest, pick up your brochure at the Town Offices, 1130 Deerland Road 24 Hour Room.

 

2019 Jan 19-21 Winter Storm Prep Long Lake & Raquette Lake Info

Friday, January 18, 2019
From Long Lake Town Supervisor Clark J. Seaman

Long Lake and Raquette Lake residents, considering the winter storm forecast for this weekend, I want to share some information with you.

Yesterday our neighboring supervisors and I met with representatives from NYSEG to continue discussions regarding the power outages (more on that at a later date). At that meeting they assured us that they have crews on standby this weekend to respond as quickly as possible to any power outages.

Today Chip Farr and I participated in a conference call with NY state officials from various agencies to discuss preparations for this weekend. Forecasts, for what they are worth, are predicting several inches to two feet of snow starting Saturday night into Sunday followed by a wintery mix of sleet and rain and possible high winds. Temperatures are expected to drop, and we could experience flash freezing.

Our local road crews will be working to keep our roads clear and safe as they always do, and throughout this storm Chip and I will be in touch with NYSEG, state and county officials, as necessary.

Given these conditions, we could experience power outages. Should that happen and they are extensive, we will open the Town Hall in Long Lake and the school in Raquette Lake for people to go and stay warm. If you need a ride, call my home phone 518-624-3894 or my cell 518-514-1147 and we’ll make arrangements for transportation.

The important thing is that everyone stays safe. Don’t travel unless absolutely necessary, check on your neighbors and call if you need help.

Finally, please share this with your friends and family that might not see it on social media.

Clark J. Seaman
Long Lake Town Supervisor

Long Lake will be hosting Winter Carnival on Saturday, January 19th at Mt. Sabattis starting at Noon.  This event will go on as scheduled.

Fall Festival Weekend Sat October 6th

 
The Town of Long Lake announces the Fall Festival Weekend on Saturday, October 6, 2018. This all day event includes the Harvest Craft Fair, Octo-BEAR-Fest and the Pumpkin Drop.
 
The Harvest Craft Fair will be held at the Long Lake Town Hall from 10a.m. to 4p.m.  Hand made goods from vendors will be available including:  herbal spice mixes, homemade chip and dip bowls, bread and soup mixes, soy candles, handcrafted glass, balsam pillows, children’s books, table runners, wooden bowls, fish and duck decoys, mixed media art, jewelry and more.
 
Octo-BEAR-Fest will be held at Hoss’s Country  Corner from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Donation admission will benefit Randy’s Patient Assistance Fund at the Glens Falls Hospital.  Funds raised offsets co-pays, prescription drugs and gas and lodging expenses, all which can add up in the North Country. At times patients must travel over 100 miles one way for cancer treatment.  These funds go directly to those in need to ensure that patients spend time taking care of themselves while undergoing cancer treatment. 
 
Events at Octo-BEAR-Fest include: raffles, drawings for donated items.  Sara Winter, of the national touring group “The Chainsaw Chix”  will be doing chainsaw carvings of animals which will also be for sale. All participating vendors booth fees will be donated to Randy’s Patient Assistance Fund.  There will be food sold by Fat River Foods, The Park. Donated craft brews will be sold throughout the day in the beer garden.  Live Music will fill the day with bands hailing from all over the north east boasting local Long Lake talent and a band from Vermont. 
 
At 2 p.m. look for the Pumpkin Drop at 1156 Main Street, the former site of the Blarney Stone, located between Hoss’s Country Corner and the Long Lake Diner.  Paul Rasmussen Builders has donated the use of his Genie lift to send one brave soul over 40 feet in the air to drop pumpkins on the ground below. Pumpkins are launched to splat on the ground.  Special thanks to John and Jackie Heron for the use of their property for this event.
 
Fall can be an unpredictable time of year, sometimes cold, sometimes warm.  Be prepared for both.  On a cool October day warm up by fire pit or grab some warm drinks and food from our food and beverage vendors. 
 
For more information www.mylonglake.comor call 518-624-3077.  For information to donate or participate in Octo-BEAR-Fest as a vendor please contact Jules Pierce at 518-624-2481.

Fall Getaways!

FALL INTO LONG LAKE & RAQUETTE LAKE

Fall has officially arrived.  With a week of unseasonably warm temperatures throwing the foliage into a frenzy and paddlers and swimmers still hitting the water, we’ve returned to a traditional feeling of fall.  Think hot cider, home-brew and day hikes to Buttermilk Falls, Death Brook Falls, Owls Head Mountain.  

Now it is the time to still make your way to the Adirondacks.  Hit the spots you’ve meant to visit all year and just haven’t had time to.

Plenty to do and see in our area this upcoming few weeks including 

Octo-BEAR-Fest, September 30th 10am – 4pm at Hoss’s Country Corner, 1142 Main Street.

Harvest Fest & Pumpkin Drop on Saturday, October 7th 10am – 4pm, Long Lake Town Hall

Show Up – One man improvised show featuring Bed Race Host and amazing award winning comedy genius from NYS and fresh off the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Peter Michael Marino.

Book your lodgings now!  Plenty of options from motel rooms, hotels, cottages, cabins.  Check out our listings here.

And food – we’ve got you covered!  We’ve got restaurants, great sandwich scene and more, you just have to look around in our vibrant communities and discover yourselves a new place to call your personal favorite. Long Lake Dining and Raquette Lake Dining

Got a question?  Our fans have answers.  Check us out on Facebook Long Lake and Facebook Raquette Lake to get the local feedback on what it is you want to do!  

Attractions include the Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mt. Lake (formerly known regionally as the world-reknowned Adirondack Museum) in Blue Mt. Lake and The Wild Center in Tupper Lake.  Both venues are open and great stops along your exploration mission to our region. 

Don’t forget, we have everything you need.  Dining, Food, Lodging and recreational experiences right out your front door. We are in the middle of it all! 

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