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Frozen Stuff - Important!

E-mail sent by Inlet Information Office, Monday, February 24th, 2020 @ 4:16pm

Frozen Fire & Lights is this Saturday!

Attached are flyers for you to print, hang & share.  If anyone needs printed copies, just let me know.

I have lots of volunteers lined up to help, but I am still looking for two people to organize and announce the cardboard sled racers - which includes one at the top of the hill with a bullhorn letting the people know what's going on.

Still accepting donations for what will be an amazing display of fireworks at Arrowhead Park. Checks, payable to Town of Inlet can be dropped off or mailed to my office PO Box 266.

Full schedule can be found at

This year's fireworks compliments so far: *Adirondack Fairway B&B, *Adirondack Images, *ADK Little Cabins/Greg Rudd Pottery, *The Bay Cafe & Market/Amidon Building, *Tim Brownsell, *Burkhard-Evans, *Daiker's, *Lynn Durkin, *Fourth Lake Wine & Spirits, *Holly Koeppe, *Inlet Department Store, *Red Dog Tavern, *Screamen Eagle, *Jane Slack, *Stiefvater's Lakeside Cottages, *Sunset Beach Cottages, Adirondack Bank, Adirondack ReaderBig Moose YamahaBJ Queeen EnterprisesCentral Adirondack Association, Construction Effects, French Louie ADK SportsInlet Golf Club, Inlet Marina, Levi Lumber, Susan Lockyer & Tera Arey, Marina Motel, Richard Lutz Building & Mechanical, Scott Stuart Fund for Inlet, Eric Sutherland.

Complimentary refreshments during the fireworks provided by: *Mary's White Pine Bakery*The Grill Room @ McCauley, *Kalil's Grocery, *Screamen Eagle, *Tamarack Cafe, with help from: *ADK Little Cabins, *The Caboose, *Fourth Lake Wine & Spirits, *Great Pinesand *Inlet Community Church.

The kites on the ice is made possible by Kiwanis Club of the Central Adirondacks, the Scott Stuart Fund for Inlet, *The Woods Inn and *ADK Little Cabins, with help from members of the American Kitefliers Association who were welcomed by *Inlet Department Store, *Lynn Durkin, *Red Dog Tavern, *Screamen Eagle.

*Paid member of the Inlet Area Business Association.

IABA Constitution & Bylaws

E-mail sent by IABA, Thursday, February 20th, 2020 @ 4:27pm

As discussed at previous meetings, the current IABA Constitution & Bylaws are in need of some corrections and/or updates.

An organization's constitution and bylaws should never be changed for convenience but because the change(s) makes sense not only now but for the future of the organization.

With that in mind please review the list below and reply with your comments, if any, via email or at the next meeting, Tuesday March 3, 6:30pm at Eagle Bay Tavern.

2020 Proposed Constitution & Bylaws Corrections and Updates

  • Constitution V and Bylaws IX are redundant - Eliminate one.
  • Section II(a) - Board Positions - Delete staggered terms?
  • Section II(b) - Term Limits - Delete or add waiver provision?
  • Section III(a) - Nominations - Delete Nominating Committee? Change nominations to November, as we’ve been doing in practice?
  • Section III(b) - Election Procedures - Change to December and add Sealed Ballot waiver provision, as we’ve been doing in practice?
  • Section IV(d) - Quorum - Change to four. (IABA has a 7-member Board)
  • Sections II(d), V(c), VIII - Delete ’Newly Revised 10th Edition”.
  • Section V(c) - Minutes - Change to “Minutes/Notes”?
  • Section VI(b) - Special Accounts - Delete “These positions may not be held by the same person” or add waiver provision?

Black Fly Challenge Sponsorship Opportunities

E-mail sent by IABA, Thursday, February 20th, 2020 @ 4:09pm

The 25th annual Black Fly Challenge will race from Inlet to Indian Lake on Saturday June 13.

BFC 2020 will  draw up to 1,000 racers and many more spectators and support crews.

This is a unique opportunity to market your business to an active, diverse audience with disposable income.

BFC sponsorship is a great value - and now is the time to take advantage of this targeted advertising opportunity!

Please support Black Fly Challenge 2020
and help continue the tradition of
"The Adirondacks' Greatest Race"

Check out sponsor & advertiser rates here

BFC Sponsors page

BFC 'On The Fly' outdoor-guide

Inlet is Open

E-mail sent by Inlet Information Office, Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 @ 3:47pm

***Sending this again with a new subject, since mine ended up in my Junk folder.

Some of you may have noticed the Open for Business graphics being shared on Facebook (see attached.)  

Britta has been updating some of these and sharing them through a Facebook group - Local Business Hours, which are then shared by people in the group.

I have been creating and sharing some through the IABA's Facebook page listing hours of 2020 paid members.

If you would like to be added to the Local Business Hours group and/or would like your hours to be added to the 2020 paid members graphics, please let me know.

Open For Business

E-mail sent by Inlet Information Office, Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 @ 3:22pm

Some of you may have noticed the Open for Business graphics being shared on Facebook (see attached.)  

Britta has been updating some of these and sharing them through a Facebook group - Local Business Hours, which are then shared by people in the group.

I have been creating and sharing some through the IABA's Facebook page listing hours of 2020 paid members.

If you would like to be added to the Local Business Hours group and/or would like your hours to be added to the 2020 paid members graphics, please let me know.

Frozen Press Release

E-mail sent by Inlet Information Office, Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 @ 9:39am

Unfortunately, this was not in today's paper.  Please share!

Inlet’s Annual Frozen Fire & Lights


The Town of Inlet is getting ready for the 18th annual Frozen Fire & Lights - a weekend of bonfires, fireworks & family fun that will be held on Saturday, February 29, 2020.  This event began as a way of reminding visitors and locals of what the town has to offer at Fern Park in the winter.  Every winter the pavilion is flooded and becomes an indoor skating rink with a warming room and heated restrooms.  A small section at the base of the mountain was cleared many years ago leaving a nice little sledding hill.  And a couple years ago the top was leveled off creating a nice flat area to stage before sliding down.  Fern Park is also the trailhead to many miles of groomed cross-country ski trails and trails for snowshoeing.  And all of this is free!  You just need to bring your own equipment.  If you don’t have your own, you can rent skis, snowshoes and skates downtown at Pedals & Petals.

The Inlet Community Church will again hold a free pancake breakfast and rummage sale at their church on South Shore Road.  From 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. stop by for some delicious pancakes and check out the rummage sale, which will benefit their Mexico Mission trip to help build an orphanage in the spring.

Thanks to Kiwanis of the Central Adirondacks and the Scott Stuart Fund for Inlet, we will once again be flying kites on Fourth Lake!  Starting at 2:30 p.m. there will be free “Frustrationless Fliers” already assembled and ready to be decorated in the dining room of The Woods Inn.  Once your kite is ready, there will be someone out on the ice waiting to show you how to make it fly.

The Inlet Youth Commission will again offer their Noah’s Ark Animal Workshop in the Senior Room of the Inlet Town Hall.  Make your own stuffed animal.  Outfits and accessories will also be available.

Inlet’s Frozen Fire & Lights is also the day of the 9th Annual Cardboard Sled Race.  If you haven’t started construction on your sled yet, you better get going!

Other activities returning will be the Inlet Public Library’s Book Sale, Free Wine Tasting at Fourth Lake Wine & Spirits, Happy Hour at The Woods Inn, and after the fireworks there will be Chocolate & Wine Sampling at Screamen Eagle and Live Music at The Woods Inn.

The awesome display of fireworks will be held promptly at 7:00 p.m. around the bonfire at Arrowhead Park.

This event is possible thanks to the Town of Inlet, the Inlet Area Business Association, the Central Adirondack Association and a tremendous amount of support from the local businesses and the people who live here.

For complete schedule and for more information, rules and application for the Cardboard Sled Race go to

Climate Smart & TOW UFSD Capital Project

E-mail sent by Inlet Information Office, Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 @ 9:22am

Reminder about the two meetings being held tonight, Wednesday 2/12.

At 5:00 p.m. a Climate Smart Communities Meeting will be held in the Old Forge Meeting Room, located in the same building as the Town of Webb Visitor Center.  All are welcome to attend.  Both the Town of Inlet and the Town of Webb have passed resolutions and adopted the New York State Climate Smart Communities pledge to look into ways and means to possibly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate.  Find out more about Climate Smart Communities here.

At 5:30 p.m. an Informational Meeting will be held at the Inlet Common School about the Town of Webb UFSD's Proposed Capital Project.  All are welcome to attend.  Even though Inlet residents will not be able to vote on this project, this does effect the students that the Inlet Common School District pays to send to the Town of Webb School.  Information about the Proposed Capital Project can be found here.

Raquette Lake Winter Carnival

E-mail sent by Inlet Information Office, Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 @ 8:56am

Raquette Lake Winter Carnival

February 15th & 16th, 2020

The Raquette Lake Winter Carnival will kick 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 held throughout the day for teams with cash prizes of $75, $50, $25. 

Registration for events will take place at the Raquette Lake Library.  Round out the day by warming up at the bonfire 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 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

Frozen Royalty

E-mail sent by Inlet Information Office, Thursday, February 6th, 2020 @ 9:38am

The press release below was sent to the Adirondack Express on January 16.  On January 28, I sent the paper an email, stating I had not seen it printed yet, could it please go in the February 4 paper, which they replied and said it would.  You may have noticed that it was not.  After another email to the paper, they assure me it will be in the February 11 paper.

Meet Inlet’s Frozen Fire and Lights Royalty by Margie O'Hara

         Jill and Karl Marsh, owners and operators of The Caboose panini shop in downtown Inlet, will reign over the frozen festivities on February 29, and they will carry their titles with them throughout the year ahead.  Hailing from Rochester, NY, the King and Queen have been year-round residents of Fifth Lake for three years.  However, their panini shop just completed its first season this October.

         The couple are virtually newly-weds, having celebrated their nuptials in Blue Mountain Lake in 2014.  They are the parents of two daughters from Jill’s first marriage: May and Sarah, both in their 20’s.

         Jill and Karl have both had 25 year Executive Corporation careers; however, now they are panini entrepreneurs as well as caregivers for Jill’s mom who lives next door.

         As Frozen royalty, Jill and Karl will be crowned at 10:00 a.m. in the gazebo in Legion Square in downtown Inlet, and then they will reign over all of the events of the day, concluding with the bonfire, free hot dogs and cider, and the spectacular fireworks for which Frozen Fire and Lights is known.

         Queen Jill and King Karl have quickly become active in the town activities and are proud members of the Inlet Area Business Association. Karl has even joined Inlet’s crew of snowmobile trail groomers. The royal couple is anxious to say hello to all of the visitors on February 29, and they have special hugs reserved for the youngsters in the crowd.  Don’t miss all of the fun and activities at “Frozen Fire and Lights.”  Go to for a list of events and times.

2020 Vacation Planner

E-mail sent by Inlet Information Office, Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 @ 4:43pm

We have lots of boxes of the CAA's 2020 Vacation Planners in my office.  Many of these planners do get distributed around New York State and into Pennsylvania and Canada.  But they are also great to have available for your guests showing them what there is to offer in the Inlet, Webb, Long Lake/Raquette Lake area.

Please come get some!  If you would like us to deliver some to you, we can do that as well!

A digital version of the planner can be found on Inlet's Contact page - here.


Frozen Help

E-mail sent by Inlet Information Office, Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 @ 2:37pm

Please let me know if you are able to help with any of the following on Saturday, February 29:

  • Stuffing animals for Noah's Ark Animal Workshop at Inlet Town Hall 9:30-12:30
  • Painting faces at Inlet Town Hall 10:00-12:00 
  • Setting up the kite flying area on the ice near The Woods Inn starting @ 10:00 a.m.
  • Cardboard Sled registration in the Warming Room at Fern Park 12:00-1:00
  • Judging the cardboard sleds at Fern Park starting at 12:15 until the races are over
  • Announcing the cardboard sled racers at the top of the sledding hill 12:45 until the races are over
  • Taking pictures of the cardboard sled racers 12:45 until the races are over
  • Timing the cardboard sleds 12:45 until the races are over
  • Keeping the cardboard sleds from veering off the sledding hill 12:45 until the races are over
  • Setting up the kite decorating area inside The Woods Inn starting at 2:00
  • Kite flyer registration inside the Woods Inn starting at 2:15 until the kites are gone
  • Helping the kids decorate kites inside The Woods Inn starting at 2:15 until they are done
  • Directing the kids onto and off of the ice 2:15 until they are done
  • Helping kids fly kites on the ice 2:15 until they are done
  • Setting up the bonfire area at Arrowhead Park starting at 4:00 p.m.
  • Helping serve treats during the bonfire and cleaning up afterwards 5:00-7:30

Even if you already told me what you were doing, please say it again so I can write it down this time and put it all in one document.

Thank you!

Notes from 2/4/20 IABA Meeting

E-mail sent by Inlet Information Office, Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 @ 12:08pm

Thank you to Tal Daiker for hosting the February 4 meeting at Daiker's and for feeding us hot snacks!

Board members in attendance: Lynn Durkin, Connie Perry, Adele Burnett.  Others in attendance: Mary Catalino, Holly Koeppe, Joanne Kelly, Margie O'Hara, Bruce O'Hara, Dennis Hudson, Tim Brownsell, Stephen Cole, Carrie Stallard, Toni Rudd, Greg Rudd.

In Chairman Dave Scranton's absence Vice Chair Lynn Durkin ran the meeting and the proposed constitution and bylaws update will wait to be discussed during the next meeting.  In Secretary Britta Hennessey's absence approval of last month's minutes will wait until next meeting and Adele Burnett took notes.  In Treasurer Jane Slack's absence no treasurer's report was given (but I will tell you that the only difference from last month's report was about 10 membership dues paid.)  In Membership Chair Danicia Nerschook's absence Adele shared a list of paid members for 2020 - total of 35.  (This should have been 36, I forgot to add Duffy's who will be hosting the May Spring Social.)

Adele stated that she and Ted Christodaro are collecting information about pole banners.  (Hopefully we will have something to talk about at the March meeting.)

Lynn stated that the Fern Park Committee continues to meet, and is hoping after the winter season to have progress on a draft master plan document.  The plan is that the document will have goals for Fern Park listing action items and who is responsible for implementing the actions.  It will also list any possible consequenses if no action is taken.  The group hopes to have this ready to present to the public late spring.  Their next meeting will be Tuesday, February 25 in the Meeting Room of Inlet Town Hall starting at 7:00 p.m.

Adele stated that the Town of Webb UFSD is holding informational meetings about their proposed Capital Project, with one schedule to take place at the Inlet Common School on Wednesday, February 12 starting at 5:30 p.m.  All are welcome to attend.  Even though Town of Inlet taxpayers can not vote on this project, we do pay for our children attend the school and it can have an impact on us.  The Inlet Common School BOE will hold their regular monthly meeting immediately following the presentation.  All are welcome to stay for that as well.  The Inlet BOE has been working on their 2020-21 budget.

Adele stated that Hamilton County has incorporated their new logo and branding into their website giving it a new look.  The logo and branding were worked on by ROOST with input from communities within the county.  During 2020 ROOST will be working on a whole new website for Hamilton County.  

Adele talked about the weekly Adirondacks, USA newsletter and explained that Hamilton County is only one of the eight areas that the newsletter covers.  The others being Lake Placid, Tupper Lake, Schroon Lake, Saranac Lake, Whiteface, Malone and Lake Champlain.  And since Hamilton County includes Inlet, Long Lake, Raquette Lake, Indian Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, Lake Pleasant, Speculator, Wells, Benson, Hope, Piseco & Arietta, one should not expect Inlet to be mentioned in every one of these emails.  But if you do go back and look through them, Inlet does get mentioned often.  If you are not subscribed to the newsletter yet, click on the link above to Hamilton County's website and you will find a place to sign up in the bottom right corner.

Connie Perry spoke about Climate Smart Communities and a meeting coming up in the Old Forge Meeting Room (located in the same building as the Town of Webb Visitor Center) on Wednesday, February 12 starting at 5:00 p.m.  The meeting will be the beginings of Webb and Inlet working together on this initiative.  All are welcome to attend.  Adele stated she would not be able to attend because of the school meetingconflict.  Tim Brownsell said he was not aware if anyone from Inlet Town Board would be attending.  Adele will followup with Aimee VanWie about a request that was made for her to be involved and see if she will be able to attend.  The meeting is open to the public and anyone interested is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Adele stated that she recently met with Layla Carswell and she will be helping with the Inlet Information Office's Facebook and Instagram accounts.  In addtion to promoting events and activities in Inlet, we will be showcasing Inlet businesses with things like "Featured Business Fridays" and highlighting Paid IABA Members twice a month.  Layla will be reaching out to the businesses for information and photos to share.  Alos, if you have any landscape/event photos or fun facts about Inlet you want to share, please send them to Adele.

Adele stated that registration for the 25th running of the Black Fly Challenge opened early.  Instead of opening on Groundhog Day, it has been open since mid December.  (Current registration is at 173)  We are hoping this might be the year we hit the cap of 1,000 racers.  Dave and Adele will be reaching out to businesses soon with information about advertising in this year's publication.

Upcoming Events - Something happening every weekend for the next 6 weeks! (I added a weekend after the meeting):

The next IABA meeting will be held at The Tavern on Tuesday, March 3 starting at 6:30 p.m.

Upcoming IABA meetings: April 7 @ Fourth Lake WIne & Spirits, May Spring Social TBD @ Duffy's, June 2 @ Tamarack Cafe.  *Because the Black Fly Challenge is June 13, we will not be ready to stuff the bags during the regular meeting night, and so will plan to stuff them on June 9 at Inlet Town Hall.  THe IABA does not meet in July or August.  If you want to host the September 1, October 6, November 3 or December 1 meeting, just let me know.


IABA Meets Tonight

E-mail sent by Inlet Information Office, Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 @ 9:40am

Just a reminder that the IABA will hold their regular monthly meeting tonight at Daiker's starting at 6:30 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

IABA Jan 7th Meeting Minutes

E-mail sent by IABA, Monday, February 3rd, 2020 @ 11:12pm

Hi All,

Attached are the meeting minutes for the January 7th meeting.

Please let me know if there are any updates/changes.



Town of Webb UFSD Capital Project

E-mail sent by Inlet Information Office, Thursday, January 30th, 2020 @ 4:09pm


I was asked share the attached personal invitation with anyone who might be interested in hearing more about the potential Capital Project.  The Town of Webb school has scheduled several informational meetings (one in Inlet on February 12) and are hoping for good questions and discussions about the new revisions to the Capital Project that is up for public vote on Tuesday, March 3.  Even though Inlet residents will not be able to vote, their goal is to keep members informed of the potential benefits to their students in each proposition.


Time to pay your IABA Dues!

E-mail sent by Inlet Information Office, Wednesday, January 29th, 2020 @ 12:07pm

Hello all,

Just a friendly reminder that it is time to pay your IABA dues for 2020.

Thank you to the following who have paid so far:

  • Adiron Jack's Custom Furniture
  • Adirondack Fairway B&B
  • Adirondack Images
  • ADK Little Cabins / Greg Rudd Pottery
  • The Bay Cafe & Market
  • Benn Realty
  • Blue Line Coffee House
  • Burkhard-Evans
  • The Caboose
  • Daiker's
  • Deer Meadows Motel & Cottages
  • Fourth Lake Wine & Spirits
  • Frisky Otter Tours
  • Great Pines
  • Herrmit Handwovens
  • HerrStory Publications
  • Inlet Community Church
  • Inlet Public Library
  • Julie Liddles Adirondack Vacation Rental Homes
  • The Kenmore Cottages
  • The Little Fox
  • Pedals & Petals
  • Reale Cottages on 4th
  • Screamen Eagle Pizza
  • Seventh Lake House / The Grill Room @ McCauley
  • Sunset Beach Cottages
  • The Tamarack Cafe & Putterfingers
  • The Tavern
  • Tim Brownsell, Contractor
  • Associate Member Lynn Durkin
  • Associate Member Kim Egenhofer
  • Associate Member John & Sarah Frey
  • Associate Member Holly Koeppe
  • Associate Member Jane Slack

If you think you should be on this list, please let me know as soon as possible so we can correct that.

Your $50 dues, payable to IABA, can be dropped off at my office, mailed to IABA PO Box 231 Inlet, NY  13360, or paid online Click Here.

Our next regular meeting will be held at Daiker's on Tuesday, February 4 and starts at 6:30 p.m.  Hope to see many of you there!


Frozen Flyers to Hang

E-mail sent by Inlet Information Office, Wednesday, January 29th, 2020 @ 9:47am

Please print, hang & share.

Thank you!


Climate Smart Kick-off Meeting

E-mail sent by Inlet Information Office, Friday, January 17th, 2020 @ 10:10am

A Climate Smart Kick-off Meeting is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, February 12 at 5:00 p.m. in the Town of Webb meeting room.

This meeting will be open to the public, so anyone interested is encouraged to attend.

Both the Town of Inlet and the Town of Webb have passed resolutions to join the program to become Climate Smart Communities.  To find out more click Climate Smart Communities.

Frozen Kites Meeting Tonight

E-mail sent by Inlet Information Office, Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 @ 9:47am

The Kite Committee for Frozen Fire & Lights will be meeting tonight (1/14/20) at Screamen Eagle starting at 7:00 p.m.  Anyone interested is welcome to attend.

NY Times Travel Show - Inlet

E-mail sent by Inlet Information Office, Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 @ 9:45am

Hello Inlet Businesses,

ROOST is attending the New York Times Travel Show in New York City January 24-26th. In order to recruit leads they are offering a large "enter to win"  Adirondack getaway package. It will be a 3 night 4 day Adirondack vacation. The purpose of the show is to create awareness of the Adirondacks. There is an expected 35,000 people attending. They are looking for activities, dining, or shopping to add to the package. If you would like to be included in the giveaway, they are asking for gift certificates. 

Anyone interested or has questions, please let me know.


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