• Maple Sugaring in the Adirondacks

    Maple Sugaring in the Adirondacks Spring 2016 As winter gives way to thaw, maple sugaring season comes alive in the Adirondacks. Groves of “sugar bushes” or maple trees are sporting taps with pails or plastic lines to collect the sweet sap. The Sugar Maple is New York’s “official tree,” so it’s

  • ESSLA Turns 50 This Year!

    In 1966, in the living rooms of a few concerned citizens residing on the east shore of Schroon Lake, ESSLA was born, These pro-active citizens saw what the impact humanity was having on   waters and lands surrounding Schroon Lake and decided to do something about it. Today ESSLA boasts numerous

  • The Sugar Shanty

    (A Short Story) Nestled in the woods of an old growth maple woods sets a shack made of tin and lumber. It is quite some distance from the main road, and past the rutted tractor path, that in years past guided a team of horses. The path ends abruptly now

  • Brrr Cold Monday Morning

    November 23, 2015 Woke up this morning to one of our colder mornings in the 20s and it feels like it! No wind so that is a plus. It is bright and sunny and just a beautiful day. The dam is opened for the winter season so the water level

  • Eurasian Water Milfoil 10-Year Comparative Study

    Schroon Lake is fortunate to have had continual EWM surveillance and diver harvesting of Eurasian Water Milfoil (EWM) for an extended period. Almost 67,000 plants were removed, weighing a little over 7 tons! Had this not been the case, this lake would have easily been overrun by this invasive weed

  • A Heartfelt Thank You from Historical Society

    Dear Jane and ESSLA Board & Members: On behalf of the Town of Horicon Historical Society and the Adirondack Shindig Committee, please accept our heartfelt gratitude for your efforts, contributions and support as we work to raise funds needed to restore the 1881 Union Church as the new Historical Museum

  • Water Level On Agenda at SLSC Meeting

    The Schroon Lake Steering Committee to is set to meet on November 5, 9 a.m. in the Town of Chester. High on the agenda is Lake Water Level. ESSLA Board of Director Rich Nawrot is chair of the Lake Level Committee, formed earlier this year by ESSLA to address the

  • From the Word of Life Fellowship

    The following is from our good friends and neighbors at the Word of Life Fellowship here in Pottersville and Schroon Lake: “Recently members of Word of Life Church in Chadwicks, New York were indicted on manslaughter charges. To help avoid confusion, we wish to clarify that Word of Life Fellowship

  • Lake Steward Program Update

    By Rich Nawrot This season we have hired six stewards. They were assigned on a rotational basis seven days per week. The season started on May 19th and continued through Labor Day. Following Labor Day, stewards were on eight hours per day weekdays and ten weekends. Watercrafts are inspected as

  • Scout Program Dramatically Reduces Invasives in Schroon Lake

    Three years ago Gretchen Marcell took over the reins of the scout program from Vince Blando who had created it. Gretchen has so well nurtured the program that it is fast becoming a model for the State and neighbor lakes. She has done a wonderful job, has brought positive attention