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USLA 2014 Photo Contest

The Upper Saranac Lake Association (USLA) is pleased to sponsor the 2014 USLA Photography Contest.

This is a fun competition, designed to encourage you to share your photography of the Upper Saranac Lake watershed, USLA events and members.

This contest is open to all USLA members and their guests.

All entries must be received by end of the day on August 9, 2014.

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The purposes for which the association is organized are:

  • To preserve, enhance, and protect the quality of the waters of Upper Saranac Lake, the natural beauty and environment surrounding the lake, the adjoining waters and the Upper Saranac Lake watershed, and adjacent lands and forests.
  • To encourage and assist members, and the general public in improving the recreational enjoyment of these waters and lands in a responsible manner, without degrading or deteriorating the natural state of these resources.
  • To advocate laws, policies, and regulations which protect natural resources and cause individuals who live on or near the lake to use the lake for recreational activities in a responsible manner.

  • To advocate cooperative efforts among local and state political jurisdictions, lake shore associations, and private interests in causing fairness in taxation, in stimulating economic stability, and in promoting the common good.
  • To organize and function as a model to other like-minded lakeshore associations and to provide, when requested, assistance, encouragement, and cooperation to these organizations.
  • To promote and educate the membership about the historic culture of Upper Saranac Lake, which is the basis for improving the fragile relationship that humans have with the natural resources and ecosystems of the lake’s environment.

A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature. –Henry David Thoreau

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Cultural Events update

  • July 16, 2014
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USLA CULTURAL AFFAIRS EVENTS July 16, 2014 Saranac Six Hiking Series – Request for RSVP Members are requested to send an e-mail to [email protected] if you are interested in joining any of the six hikes that are part of the Saranac Six hiker series sponsored by USLA this summer. Let us know if you will […]

New Zone Chairs needed

  • July 12, 2014
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New Zone Chairs are needed for Zone 2 and Zone 10. Are you interested? If so, please contact Jon Landsberg, President of USLA, at [email protected] and get more information.

USLA Photography Workshop Postponed

  • July 10, 2014
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The USLA Photography Workshop scheduled for Sunday, July 13 at 1 PM at the St. Lawrence University Camp Boathouse, has been postponed due to a medical emergency. We are proposing an alternate date of Sunday, July 27, and will confirm the date, time and location once all of these details have been worked out. We […]

A Gift to USLA Members

  • June 24, 2014
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The Community Store in Saranac Lake (www.community-store.org) is entering its third year as New York’s only community-owned department store. We are a model for local sustainability. But shopping at the Community Store is not only a vote for preserving and protecting a healthy economy in the Park, it is convenient, enjoyable and smart. With a […]

Then followed that beautiful season … Summer…. Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape. Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood. –Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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The Upper Saranac Lake Association, Inc. is a homeowner’s association. Membership dues and contributions are not tax deductible. This allows the association to take political stands with elected officials at the local and state level. For this reason, the more members we have, the greater influence the USLA will have when we talk with government entities.

Your Membership dues enable the Association to…

  • Provide a variety of cultural and group events
  • Provide communications via our newsletters and emails
  • Maintain strong relationships with the surrounding community
  • Maintain a resource-rich web site
  • Offer free boater safety and CPR/First Air training courses
  • Represent the lake community to the APA, DEC and other municipal bodies
  • Provide a webcam showing lake conditions throughout the year
  • Hold two membership meetings a year with outstanding programs
  • Services of a dedicated Board of Directors and volunteers who look out for your interests on everything from safety to property assessments to improved 911 services
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A new 46er

Our summer neighbor and USLA member, Mary C. Ferguson, became a true Adirondacks 46er on July 20, 2014. Way to go Mary!

Support a great new restaurant Tupper

We had heard about Bima’s Fine Dining, a new expansion of Bima’s Pizza and Take-out on Main Street in Tupper Lake and tried it for lunch. World-class fries, excellent sandwiches, nice decor, good service, friendly staff. I hope all in the association will support this new restaurant and keep it going. Tupper so needs a […]

Wood Boat Parade

Thanks again to everyone involved for the fantastic show. The weather was threatening and you carried on. We were at the dock waving and enjoying. Please keep this USL tradition going!

Zumba classes in Tupper

There are Zumba classes offered in Tupper (across from the theatre). In addition to adult classes there are classes for little ones too. Check out Britni’s website: britnicasagrain.zumba.com

Dining in Tupper Lake

We had a very nice dinner at BIMAS in Tupper Lake (located across from the theatre). The side dishes were especially good as were the desserts. I hope there’s enough business to keep it going.


  • December 12, 2013
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I love the new website but disappointed no webcam. Is it comimg back? The webcam is like being there when we are dreaming about the lake!

Fire Boat

  • December 11, 2013
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The details of the TLVFD & SLVFD contracts are being finalized and they include the Fire Boat. As of 1/1/14 many things are going to change. The changes will be posted on the web site and in the next Mail Boat.

Fire Districts

  • December 9, 2013
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Santa Clara has switched to Tupper Lake VFD coverage for all fire protection. That’s fine, TLVFD has done a wonderful job for decades, but what are the Fire Boat implications? Will TL takeover the boat? Anyone?

Fall pike

  • October 30, 2013
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I’ve read that October is a good time for pike, but haven’t been able to find any this week. Any advice?

In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.-John Muir

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time. -John Lubbock

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