2017 Brant Lake Winter Carnival: Non Stop Fun!


It's gonna be a hot time in cold Brant Lake this weekend (February 27!)

From the organizers:

The Carnival will again have spectacular Out House Races in memory of Davin Berg (with prize money totally $1,000), A new Human Foosball Court, Broom Ball Tournaments, Free Skating & Children’s Sledding Hill, Ladies', Men's and Children's Fry Pan Toss Competition, Vintage Snowmobile Display, Food, Music, Fireworks at dusk and MORE!


Bring your own sleds & skates! Located at Jimbo’s on Beautiful Brant Lake, this daylong event is certain to have something for everyone. Anyone interested in registering an Out House ($25 registration fee), Broom Ball team or Vintage Snowmobile, please email cmead3@nycap.rr.com or call #494-3016.

Out House races tentatively beginning around 4:00 pm (must have houses on the lake by 1 PM). Fireworks are scheduled for dusk. Participate or spectate ~ either way, you’re guaranteed to have a fun time! All times and events subject to change due to weather conditions, and general mishaps.

Rest In Peace: Janet Rosalie Friedman

We are saddened to report Schroon Lake has lost a true, one of a kind original. Janet Rosalie Friedman touched many lives in a wonderful life lived to the fullest. A funeral service will be held at 12 pm on Wednesday, February. 22, at Temple Beth-El, at 3 Marion Avenue in Glens Falls

From Her official obit, written by her loving family:

Janet Rosalie Friedman, born July 11, 1924, passed away comfortably at her home in Schroon Lake on Feb. 20, 2017.

Born in New York City, she was the daughter of the late Dr. Leo and Helen Roth. She attended Julia Richmond High School and graduated from Robert Louis Stevenson High School. She attended NYU and then Columbia University’s School of Dental Hygiene, graduating in 1946 as a dental hygienist.

Her father had a passion for the mountains, and while growing up her family vacationed in Schroon Lake for many years. Janet was a camper at Camp Red Wing on Schroon Lake. We still have her yearbook.

While vacationing in Schroon Lake in the summer of 1946 she met the love of her life and best friend of 57 years, Moe Friedman, who passed away in 2004. She is survived by two sons Joel Friedman & Roger (Myriam) Friedman; and her 2 grandchildren Adam (Shanna) Friedman, and David (Sonia) Friedman.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Leonie Carmichael.

She was employed as a registered dental hygienist in Albany while Moe went to law school, and after his graduation they moved to Schroon Lake. Shortly thereafter they began raising their family. Janet became a licensed real estate agent in 1962 and joined Moe at Friedman Realty, his star real estate agent for many years. In 1975 she attended the renowned Forsyth Dental Center in Boston and successfully completed a refresher course in dental hygiene. For many years afterwards she volunteered as a dental hygienist in Israel where Roger and Myriam lived, and was recognized by the American Dental Volunteers for Israel for her work.

She was a Den mother, served on the board of directors of the Essex County Mental Health Association, assisted in the Schroon Lake Central reading program and was a member of the Seagle Music Colony Guild and Gala Committee.

She was very passionate about the survival of the State of Israel and for many years was very active in Hadassah, a woman’s volunteer organization advancing health and well being worldwide through its support of medical care and research at the Hadassah Medical Centers in Jerusalem.

Family had a special meaning to Janet. While she always loved being surrounded by family and especially her grandchildren, Adam and David, she was the glue that made all of our relatives far and near integral parts of the extended family.

Always inquisitive and with a body seemingly in perpetual motion Janet was always on the go. She and Moe traveled extensively. She was Moe’s fishing partner in Kodiak, Alaska for over 20 years. In the winter she enjoyed skiing. She had a passion for the arts, music and history.

Her family extends a multitude of thanks to her caregivers all of whom, during her decline, offered the most wonderful, compassionate care above and beyond the call of duty. Also to the nurses of High Peaks Hospice for their kind care.

A funeral service will be held at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Temple Beth-El located at 3 Marion Avenue in Glens Falls.

Burial will follow at the Temple Beth El Cemetery, Gansevoort Road in South Glens Falls followed by a reception at Temple Beth El.

Friends and family are also invited from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22 and Thursday, Feb. 23, and 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 to the Friedman residence at 25 Leland Avenue in Schroon Lake to remember Janet.

Donations can be made to the Schroon Lake Emergency Squad, High Peaks Hospice, the Seagle Music Colony, Temple Beth El, or the charity of your choice.

Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of The Edward L. Kelly Funeral Home in Schroon Lake, NY.

Big Crowds Expected for Greater Schroon This Weekend: Economy Scores $$$!


Two big snow mobile poker runs, a President’s Day Holiday, and the beginning of winter break for schools, could add up to an increase in tourism and dollars for area businesses, an official and area businessman said today.

Out of town sledders started rolling into Schroon Friday for the annual Schroon-North Hudson Snowmobile Club’s Annual Poker Run, and the Schroon Lake Fish and Game Club’s annual Mark Heinzelman Snowmobile Poker Run, now in its 7th year.

Both events happen on Saturday, February 18. Click here for more details.

And there’s no shortage of things to do for the non-sled crowd. Tonight is the last in the winter film series at the Schroon Lake Central School. The film Creed starts tonight at 6:30pm in the auditorium. There are more films at the Schroon Lake Library Saturday.

And if weather conditions are just right, the Town Youth Commission hosts ice-skating at the basketball courts near the Town Park at the Ice Skate Hut, with skates and free hot chocolate. Saturdays at 1 pm – 3 pm and Tuesdays at 3:30pm – 5pm. At other times, weather permitting, it can be used for pick up hockey games.

And let’s clap it up for The Town Ski Tow. Weather permitting it’s open this Saturday, February 18 through to the 26th, from 10am to 4pm. Call (518) 532-7737 for more information.

Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tammy Whitty-Brown the snow and freezing temps in the last few weeks (snow alone 12 plus inches in the last week) is good for business.

"The last few weeks Schroon Lake has seen an substantial upbeat in winter tourism with ice fishing due to the fact that Lake Champlain and Lake George have not froze solid. This has been a great boost to our winter economy, and will help our businesses stay profitable during the toughest months they face," Tammy told Schroon Laker in an email.

"Now with the newest snow fall of over a foot of fresh snow, we are excited that not only will the town have ice fishers here for the weekend, but many snow mobilers for the Annual Schroon -North Hudson Snowmobile Club Poker Run, and the Annual Mark Heinzelman Poker Run. The trails are in prime condition, thanks to the volunteer groomers from the Schroon-North Hudson Snowmobile Club.

"Our motels, inns, stores, and restaurants are ready to greet everyone and we hope that everyone has a wonderful and safe time this weekend. The snowmobile club is asking snowmobilers to keep two things in mind when out this weekend. The first, to be aware that the ski tow and tubing hill are open. They ask that everyone stays on the trail that is designated in that area for everyone’s safety. They are also asking everyone who is not familiar with the lake to please ask a local for instructions on where it is safe to enter and exit the lake. Sadly, there have been over 10 snowmobilers that have gone through local Adirondack lakes due to the inconsistent freezing process this year. If you are not sure just ask, someone will be willing to help you and guide you in the right direction.

Area restaurants couldn't be happier with the confluence of events that will bring folks here.

"It's going to be great for everyone. We'd like to have the two Poker Runs on different weekends, but we have had unbelievable traffic from sledders the last few weekends," said Steve Holmes, co-owner of Sticks and Stones.

As of this writing The Tumble Inn was fully booked for the weekend, except for one room tonight.

Throw Back Thursday: Schroon’s The Narrows Restaurant

We are going back into the SchroonLaker.com archives for #TBT, prompted by a recent comment left about a story on The Narrows Restaurant we published in 2011.

That story was about the sale of all remaining items inside the restaurant, which was last opened for a brief time in 2006.

Established in 1971, the Narrows Restaurant on Route 9 served a couple of generations great pizza, cool ice cream and a good time. And, drum roll please: mini golf!

Behind the counter, folks remember the hospitality of Elza and Howard Urban and their family and workers was legendary. Reader Patrice Williamson recently shared her memories of The Narrows.

"Our family used to go to The Narrows every summer for some yummy pizza and of course a round of mini golf followed by a nice ice cream cone. My parents got to know Elza and Howard and my Mom always commented on her cute earrings she wore. Elza wore pizzas, pizza slices, pickles, records, hot dogs, burgers and ice cream Cones!! We loved to play table hockey with those wooden Nickels with numbers written on them with magic markers. We would flick them across the tables and whoever got the nickel to go off the table got a point. We also spun them, seeing who could make it spin the longest. Loved the view from the picture windows. Such a great place to take three generations of our family! We really miss that place. My Dad, age 95, still keeps in touch with them".

Thanks Patrice for your vivid and detailed recollections. Our 2011 story contains links that have sadly expired, including a Facebook page dedicated to the restaurant. The property where the restaurant building now sits, is used in the summer as a boat dock rental. The property, and many acres behind the building facing west, is are sale. Friedman Realty has the listing. Got memories about the Narrows Restaurant? We'd love to hear them so share them in our comments section.