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DEC Announces $475,000 in Upgrades Planned for Upper Saranac Lake Boat Launch

August 14th, 2014 · No Comments · Adirondack News

Launch Will Close September 8 to Facilitate Repairs and Reopen May 2015

NYSDEC LogoTo support improved access to Upper Saranac Lake, $475,000 in upgrades will be made to the Upper Saranac Lake Boat Launch, state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. The upgrades, funded by NY Works, will be completed prior to the 2015 Memorial Day Weekend.

“Governor Cuomo has demonstrated a strong commitment to increasing access to the state’s beautiful natural resources,” Commissioner Martens said. “Upgrades to the Upper Saranac boat launch will allow outdoor enthusiasts easier access to recreate on this magnificent lake and will better protect the lake’s water quality.”

The boat launch, located at the intersection of County 46 and Back Bay Road, is one of two public boat launches that provide access to Upper Saranac Lake. The planned improvements include:

  • constructing a new (2 lane) boat ramp;
  • removing dock cribbing;
  • installing new floating docks;
  • regrading slopes to decrease steepness and decrease erosion;
  • paving the entrance, ramp entrance and parking area;
  • permanent stormwater pollution prevention measures;
  • reconfiguring traffic patterns;
  • upgrading bathroom facility;
  • landscaping and planting;
  • adding a dry hydrant for fire protection; and
  • adding a boat rinse station to flush out bilges, live wells and areas containing water.

Governor Cuomo included $6 million in NY Works funding in this year’s budget to support creating 50 new land and water access projects to connect hunters, anglers, bird watchers and others who enjoy the outdoors to more than 380,000 acres of existing state and easement lands that have not reached their full potential. These 50 new access projects include building new boat launches, installing new hunting blinds and building new trails and parking areas. In addition, the 2014-15 budget includes $4 million to repair the state’s fish hatcheries; and renews and allows expanded use of crossbows for hunting in New York State.

Camp owners and others that use the Upper Saranac Lake Boat Launch to take their boat off the lake for the winter will need to use private marinas to launch or retrieve boats during the reconstruction period, September 8, 2014 through May 15, 2015.

Small boats can use the boat launch at DEC’s Fish Creek Pond Campground. Shallow water at the boat launch and less than eight feet height between the water and the bottom of a campground road near the boat launch allows only small boats to use the Fish Creek Campground Boat Launch. There is no fee to launch or retrieve a boat, but there is an $8.00 parking fee for vehicles.

The renovated boat launch will be open for public use prior to Memorial Day Weekend 2015.

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DEC Announces Area Recreational Facilities to Open May 23

May 13th, 2014 · No Comments · Adirondack News

Second Pond Boat Launch Site, Saranac Lakes Island Campgrounds and the Upper & Lower Locks Will Be Open Memorial Day Weekend

NYSDEC LogoSecond Pond Boat Launch Site, Saranac Lakes Island Campgrounds and the Lower Locks on the Saranac Lakes Chain will be open and staffed beginning Friday, May 23, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 5 Director Robert Stegemann announced today.

“We are pleased to have these popular recreational facilities open for Memorial Day weekend,” said Director Stegemann. “People will be able to enjoy camping and boating in the Saranac Lakes Chain of Lakes and will be pleased with the improvements at the Second Pond Boat Launch.”

Construction work to upgrade the Second Pond Boat Launch – the entrance gate to Saranac Lakes Islands Campground – continues, but has progressed enough to allow safe operation of the boat launch site in time for the opening.

Because of the construction, the opening of the campground was delayed a week. The work on the launch ramp, parking area and entranceway will provide a safer and more convenient experience for campers, boaters and anglers that use the boat launch site.

Accommodations have been made for campers that had reservations next week.

The Lower Locks will be staffed beginning Friday, May 23, allowing the passage of boats between Lower Saranac Lake and Oseetah Lake, which connects to Kiwassa Lake and Lake Flower. The locks may be manually operated by boaters beginning Friday, May 16.

The Upper Locks between Lower Saranac Lake and Middle Saranac Lake currently can be manually operated by boaters. DEC staff will be present on weekends and holidays beginning Friday, May 23.

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DEC Charges Saranac Lake Resident with a Boating While Intoxicated Misdemeanor and Speeding Violation

June 1st, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack News

NYSDEC LogoOn May 26, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Division of Law Enforcement charged Raymond R. Muncil, 18, of Saranac Lake with boating while intoxicated (misdemeanor) and operating a vessel at a speed not reasonable and prudent (a violation under the New York State Navigation Law).

“Boaters operating a vessel while ability impaired by drugs or alcohol is a serious offense,” said Captain Lawrence DiDonato of DEC’s Ray Brook Office. “In addition to being subject to arrest, fines and imprisonment, the safety of all who enjoy New York’s waters is jeopardized when vessels are operated by intoxicated individuals.”

DEC Environmental Conservation Officers responded to a boat accident on the Saranac River Channel near the Lower Lock where Mr. Muncil was found to be intoxicated. He was taken to the New York State Police Barrack at Ray Brook for processing and was issued a ticket to appear in Harrietstown Town Court. Muncil faces maximum possible penalties of $2,100 in fines and up to 1 year in jail.

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Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Rotary Show Set for Feb 10

February 6th, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack News

SARANAC LAKE, NY – The Saranac Lake Rotary Club will present its annual Winter Carnival Rotary Show at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10 at the Harrietstown Town Hall.

Saranac Lake Winter CarnivalThe Sons of Sound — students from the Saranac Lake High School — will provide pre-show entertainment. Steve Borst and Sue Grimm will provide music, and there will be dance routines by the pages and court members. There will be performances by the Saranac Lake High School Vocal Ensembles, directed by Drew Benware and accompanied by Tom Delahant; a barbershop quartet called the Meter Maids; Crackin’ Foxy; the High Peaks Juggler, Eric Geoffrey-Belcher; and finally, the Rotary Show Dancers, celebrating the 83rd anniversary of dancing for Saranac Lake.

“We look forward to the opportunity to showcase some really good talent,” said Rotary Show organizer Mary Brown.

The Winter Carnival royal party will participate in the festivities. They are the king (Tim Fortune) and queen (Kelly Morgan), grand marshal (Ron Keough), archbishop (Jason Wamsganz ), chamberlain (Josh Marlow), princess (Breonna Seifried), prince (Rand Jasung Snyder), pages (Helena Dramm, Gwendalyn Mader, Chloe Reardan, Tucker Jacobe, Wyatt Martin and Forrest Monroe), royal spokespersons (Nickie Trudeau and Jack Rockefeller), and the High School Court ladies (Jazzmyn Tuthill, Hope Laramee, Irma Cecunjanin, Mackenzie Cotter, Gabi Bevilacqua, Marisa Farmer and Gabby Lewis) and gentlemen (Sam Annis, Ricky Schmidt, Ethan Barge, Max Calderone, Lukas Atkinson, Brady DeAngelo and Jamaal Tuthill).

Last year, the Winter Carnival Rotary Show raised about $5,000 to help with their local charities. The show is a major fundraiser for the Saranac Lake Rotary Club, which gives back to the community through scholarships and helping with projects such as the local skateboard park, Dewey Mountain, continuing improvements to public facilities at the Harrietstown Town Hall, Lift Mount Pisgah, the Community Lunchbox and the Adirondack Carousel.

“The money people pay for tickets all comes back to the community in support of local organizations,” Brown said. “To me, that’s what gives the show meaning.”

Tickets are $13 in advance and $20 at the door. After Feb. 7, the tickets will only be available at the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Saranac Lake Midwinter Carnival

January 26th, 2012 · No Comments · Miscellania

Everyone was quite impressed with Kurtz’s fireworks photo from last year’s carnival. I thought you might enjoy this picture from 1909:

Midwinter carnival, children's parade, dog sleds, Upper Saranac Lake, N.Y.

1909. “Midwinter carnival, children’s parade, dog sleds, Upper Saranac Lake, N.Y.”

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Vintage Adirondacks: Land of My Dreams

April 15th, 2011 · 8 Comments · Adirondack Life

I love the old-time films. My favorite part happens about 6:45 in.

Shot on 8mm film. The story takes place on Bluff Island in the Adirondacks, Saranac Lake, New York. My great grandparents had a house that Joe built himself from scratch. The DEC took the house down after a law was made that people could only camp on certified islands in the lake. Joseph J. Harley was an amateur film maker who made many other movies and won awards for them.

I couldn’t find much information about the filmographer, but at one point he was President of the American Cinema League.

Enjoy, and make sure you check out Part 2 and Part 3.

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Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Rotary Show set for Feb. 11

February 1st, 2011 · No Comments · Adirondack News

Saranac Lake Winter CarnivalSARANAC LAKE, NY – The Saranac Lake Rotary Club will present its annual Winter Carnival Rotary Show at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11 at the Harrietstown Town Hall.

“I’m really excited about this year’s Rotary Show,” said Mary Brown, Rotary Show co-chair. “We expect another sellout, we’ve got a great lineup of acts, and it’s going to be a lot of fun for everybody.”

Scott Eichoholz — a “knight” on the town — will provide pre-show entertainment from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Mary Brown will welcome the audience. Rotary Club President John Banta will give the introduction. And the master of ceremonies — Father Rick Dennis — will present the 2011 Winter Carnival court and royalty.


The Winter Carnival royal party includes the king and queen (to be announced the evening of Feb. 4 at Coronation), attendants to the king and queen (Eliza Lennon and Adam Heverly), grand marshal (Cathy Moore), archbishop (Sara Posdzich), chamberlain (Joe Thill), princess (Courtney Ellen Petkovek), prince (William Jeremiah Ward IV), pages (Jacob Adams, Isabelle Celeste, Rachel Daby, Jake Mouraine, Dylan Murnane and Emma Peer), and the High School Court ladies (Gaby Feliu, Faith Conners, Julie Bowler, Cadence Roddy, Ryan Garnish, Geanette Orton and Molly Burgess) and gentlemen (Sean Ryan, Braxton Tissot, Sam Baker, Dalton DeMarco, Dylan Dawson, Wyatt Daviau, and Nicholas Magro).

Steve Borst, the Musician to the Royal Court, will provide entertainment, and there will be dance routines by the pages and court members. This will be followed by performances by the Saranac Lake High School Vocal Ensembles, directed by Helen Demong and accompanied by Tom Delahant. Afterward, there will be acts by Steven Gratto (“Comedy Juggler Extraordinaire”), pianist Joey Izzo, Adirondack singer/songwriter Roy Hurd, storyteller Doug Fitzgerald with “Tales of the North Country,” and finally, the Rotary Show Dancers.

The Winter Carnival Rotary Show is a major fundraiser for the Saranac Lake Rotary Club, which gives back to the community through scholarships and helping with projects such as the local skateboard park, Dewey Mountain, continuing improvements to public facilities at the Harrietstown Town Hall, Lift Mount Pisgah and the Adirondack Carousel.

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door and can be purchased at the following locations: Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Borealis Color, Blue Line Sport Shop, Community Bank, Adirondack Bank, HSBC, NBT Bank, Eco Living, Dr. Neil Miller’s office, Post Office Pharmacy and the Saranac Lake Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact Mary Brown at (518) 891-2709.

Website: Saranac Lake Winter Carnival

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