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Frontier Communications: Customers Cut off in Long Lake, NY

October 10, 2012, Long Lake, NY.

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

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

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

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

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


Long Lake Wins Funds

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

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

90 Miler Launch Day Two Long Lake

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

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

For more information – see complete article at Lake Blog

Adirondack Arts Center brings Grammy Award-Winner to Raquette Lake

Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter, Janis Ian, will perform live at Great Camp Sagamore at 7:30pm on August 27th to round-out the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts’ summer line-up.

Ian is a world-renowned acoustic singer who first found fame in the late 1960s and early 1970s with her songs, “Society’s Child” and “At 17,” both of which are in the Grammy Hall of Fame. Since beginning her career, Ian has been nominated for a total of nine Grammy Awards and has 17 albums under her belt. She will be performing an intimate concert at the barn at Great Camp Sagamore for an audience of 120.
Tickets are $30/$20 Arts Center Members and can be purchased online at or by calling 518-352-7715. Call now to reserve your spot for this one-of-a-kind concert!

Adirondack Hotel Flood Relief Sept 24

Long Lake at the steps of the Adirondack Hotel

Friends of the Adirondack Hotel, will hold a fund-raiser Sept. 24 to help pay for fixing flood damage at the historic structure.

The hotel was inundated during last spring’s flooding, when the waters of Long Lake rose to the third step of the front porch, over 18 feet above normal summer levels. The Hotels’ boilers, front porch, parking lot and more were extensively damaged.

Adirondack Hotel Flood Relief will run from 2 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday with live music, a silent auction, food and t-shirts. T-shirts are available now at the hotel’s gift shop and tap room.

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Tickets at $30 each / $50 per couple may be bought beforehand at Helms Village Store, Natural Beauty, Shear Images and the Adirondack Hotel in Long Lake; The Bear Trap in Indian Lake; or at the door.

The hotel is open year-round, employing over 30 people. Flood insurance will not cover the damages because the water did not reach the first floor.

The Adirondack Hotel has lots of history. Read on.

Cars wakes contributed to damage at the hotel

The Timeline and History

Cyrus Kellogg opened the Long Lake Hotel in 1867. This hotel was located where Hoss’s Country Corner now stands. The hotel was at the crossroads of the Champlain-Carthage Road with Long Lake’s Main Street.

On February 20, 1869, the annual town meeting was held at the Long Lake Hotel where it was decided to “raise $3,000 in three equal installments for the purpose of building a bridge across Long Lake.”

It would be a wooden floating bridge sixteen feet wide and would extend across the lake from the east shore to Pine Island and from Pine Island to Ike Robinson’s land on the west shore of the lake. The bridge was completed in 1871.

Kellogg refitted and enlarged the Long Lake Hotel in 1875 and turned the hotel over to Henry D. Austin.

Mr. Kellogg then built a new hotel on the shore facing Pine Island near the east end of the Long Lake bridge, guaranteeing a heavily traveled location in one of the most scenic spots in the Adirondacks along the shores of Long Lake.

The new hotel was known as Kellogg’s Lake House. Cyrus Kellogg died shortly after the opening on April 4, 1879. Mrs. Kellogg ran the Lake House for many years offering “many home comforts for 35 guests.” The town held its annual meetings in the hotel in 1883 and 1884.

In 1893, the hotel was sold to John Anderson, Jr. and Dennis Moynehan, Jr. of Newcomb. In 1894, the hotel was being managed by Patrick McSweeney.

By 1897, the floating bridge was unusable and a town ferry was built and put into operation until such time as a new bridge could be constructed.

In 1899, W. F. McCarthy became the manager. It is rumored that President McKinley stayed at Kellogg’s Lake House, probably before he became President.

A town meeting authorized an iron bridge in 1892 but nothing was done until the spring of 1901.

That same year, the hotel burned to the ground.

The plan to replace the floating bridge was to place a bridge from where the Kellogg Lake House had been to Pine Island, a short piece of road over Pine Island and then the iron bridge to the west shore. The two bridges cost $35,000 and were completed in November, 1901.

Shortly thereafter, Kellogg’s Lake House was rebuilt by Patrick Moynehan who was also in charge of building the new bridges. The hotel re-opened in 1904 as the Adirondack Hotel.

In 1914, the hotel expanded adding a dining room wing and the second dormer. In September that year, the Adirondack Hotel was sold by Patrick Moynehan to Lewis L. and Margaret Jennings (parents of Arthur Jennings, the father of today’s Long Lakers’ Jim Jennings and Margie Jonasch.)

The Hotel Adirondack was touted in 1923 as offering “excellent rooms, light, airy and attractively furnished. Meals were pronounced universally good, with first class service. There were modern accommodations for 75 persons from $25 per week.”

In 1924, Duncan J. McFarland, a summer resident, managed the hotel and a new drainage system for the hotel was authorized at public expense.

Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan stayed at the hotel in the 1920s. 1928 visitors included Governor Alfred E. Smith and Albany mayor, John Thatcher.

A 1930s guest, was boxing champion Jack Dempsey, who came for lunch.

Lewis Jennings died in 1933, subsequently, his son, Arthur and Arthur’s wife, Frances, ran the hotel until 1946.

In 1934 the dam at Long Lake was constructed “flooding 45 acres of marsh land with three embankments: one from Pine Island to Middle Island, another to the Sagamore shore, with a third embankment from Pine Island to the shore of the Adirondack Hotel property.”

The short bridge was eliminated replaced by the latter embankment.

The iron bridge was replaced by the present day steel bridge installed by the American Bridge Company in 1939.

Albert Einstein came with friends, probably for lunch, in the 1940s when looking for a summer vacation area.

In 1946, the Hotel Adirondack was purchased by Edmund “Ged” J. Clement. During these and the following years the hotel was open spring, summer and fall and closed during the winter months.

Chester Ehrbar of Summit, NJ purchased the hotel in 1964.

In 1968, Bob and Judy Lucci bought the hotel from Chet Ehrbar and opened it a year later after renovations. They asked Millie & Bill Safford to move to Long Lake and manage the hotel which they did for circa 20 years.

Mickey Mantle was a guest in the 1980s.

The Luccis ran the hotel a few summers eventually selling it to Art and Carol Young in 1990 who planned on operating the hotel year-round.

Art and Carol made many improvements and reopened in the fall of 1990 with Edward “Ed” Rockstroh as manager. There were 18 guest rooms, relaxing sitting rooms, an elegant dining room with fireplace and a rustic barroom. Michael Chikliss of the tv show “The Commish” stopped in for lunch.

April, 2011, The 100 Year Flood occurred. The hotel closed until power was restored a few days later. The cellar was flooded and boilers were ruined as was the food in coolers which were no longer cool. The Army National Guard and Long Lake’s Volunteer Firemen provided pumps to help clear the cellar of water. The pumps were finally turned off at the end of May. The cellar is now dry. There was flood insurance, but, with a $50,000 deductible. The only things covered by insurance were the cellar and the boilers and those costs came nowhere near $50,000. Damage to the driveway, kitchen floor, veranda, loss of business etc. was not eligible for coverage. Total damage amounted to $130,000.

As of today, Carol is still at the helm with her husband Carmine Inserra and her god-daughter, Margie, as Manager.

On Saturday, September 24, 2011, friends of the hotel plan a fundraiser to help defray some of the cost from the flood not covered by insurance.


History of Hamilton County
By Ted Aber and Stella King

The Schenectady Gazette
Long Lake Hotel guests step back into 1900s Adirondacks
July 31, 2005
The Tupper Lake Free Press
The Bridges Over Long Lake
By Thomas T. Bissell

Long Lake Archives
Town of Long Lake

Bob Lucci
Carol Young
Tom Bissell

Music Man Barber Shop Rocks Long Lake

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Schumer and Gillibrand Visit Long Lake Central School

Long Lake, NY, August 12, 2011

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

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

Senators Schumer and Gillibrand outside Long Lake Central School

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

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

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

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

Schumer and Gillibrand at the Panel Discussion

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

Mark Brand, about the schools in the immediate Hamilton County area. He emphasized the answer is not to consolidate the schools, but to create opportunities out of challenges. Model the regional school districts as the Newcomb, NY school district has done, and to seek federal help to revise immigration laws to make it easier for smaller communities and public schools to host foreign students.

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

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

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

In Long Lake cell phone service is available from AT&T only and not Verizon.

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

Senator Schumer with Ann Melious

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

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

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

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

Historical Society Showcase Slated

Long Lake Historical Society Welcomes Sidney Whelan

They say timing is everything. On Friday, August 5th Concierge Auctions will be auctioning off Camp Kwenogamac, the former summer home of Arpad Gerster in Long Lake, NY. Well it just so happens the Long Lake Historical Society has invited Sidney Whalen to present his talk on Arpad Gerster on the same day the property is slated to go up for auction.

Remodeled interior of original Gerster Property in Long Lake, NY

From the Concierge Auction Website, “Camp Kwenogamac is a coveted gem of Upstate New York. Situated on an exclusive gated road in a private wilderness, this 100% self-sufficient complex offers unrivaled mountain views and Long Lake frontage for endless recreational possibilities. With its bold, sustainable innovation and attention to detail in design, Camp Kwenogamac is off-the-grid living at its finest.” For more info click on the link 

Link to Concierge Auctions

Here’s a thought, buy the property and then show up at the Long Lake Town Hall and hear all about the slice of history you just bought. Interested in the original Gerster Furniture that came with the property? Check out next weekend’s auction in Saranac Lake NY, Furniture Inventory from Gerster Camp

View of the Seward Mountains from the site of Gerster Long Lake Property

Sidney S. Whelan, Jr. will be presenting a lecture and slideshow on Arpad Gerster for the Long Lake Historical Society exhibition to be held on Friday, August 5th. The lecture will be a the Long Lake Town Hall at 7pm.

Whelan will be discussing the history of Gerster based on his book Notes Collected in the Adirondacks 1895 & 1896, the Fishing and Hunting Diary with Insights of a Physician, Scholar, and Humanist, acclaimed by Bill McKibben, Nelson Bryant, and Nick Lyons, and many others.

A surgeon who practiced at Mt. Sinai in New York City in the late 1890s and early 1900s, Dr. Arpad Gerster, Hungarian by birth, was also a sportsman, linguist, and an artist. Both diaries chronicle his visits to the Adirondacks, where he had camps at Raquette Lake and later Long Lake.

Gerster’s vivid, often humorous observations of nature and people, his delight in the outdoors, and his drawings and etchings offer a larger portrait of the Adirondack region in the age of William West Durant, Great Camps, railroads, and the beginning of the conservation movement.

Illustrated with Gerster’s own work as well as maps of the region from the 1890s, the latest book contains an interview with Dr. John C. A. Gerster, Dr. Arpad Gerster’s son, and a detailed index covering both volumes. Mr. Whelan will have copies of the book available for sale at his lecture on Friday evening.

In addition to Sidney’s lecture on Friday evening, the Historical Showcase will feature old photos of Camp St. Mary, Images of Long Lake men and women who have served in the military and a 100 year history of The Adirondack Hotel in photos. Saturday night at 7pm, Ray Smith will be presenting a slideshow.

The Long Lake Historical Society Showcase will be at the Long Lake Town Hall Friday, August 5th 6pm, with lecture and slideshow at 7pm. It will be open on Saturday, August 6th from 1pm with a slideshow at 7pm and open on Sunday, August 7th from 1pm to 4pm. Admission is free and contributions are welcome. Call 624-5374 for more information.