Adirondacks Speculator Region Chamber of Commerce

Adirondacks Speculator Region Chamber of Commerce not-for-profit association that serves as a voice for the Lake Pleasant, Piseco, Morehouse, and Speculator business and tourism community
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Now here is a family that really needs no introduction but do you know their back story? I didn't! I present Dave McComb...
08/15/2020

Now here is a family that really needs no introduction but do you know their back story? I didn't! I present Dave McComb and his staff of McComb's Oak Hill Farm!! (Sorry girls, you know I had to!! And my apologies that Karen McComb is missing from the picture). Dave says he wanted something to do after retirement and started making calls to places asking about making syrup. They would ask him what he knew or what equipment he had but he had no knowledge and no equipment! They never called him back! Luckily local Jack Leadley shared his knowledge and Dave got top of the line equipment right from the start. He started out with about 400 taps about 22 years ago and today has approximately 1900! They do all their own tapping, boiling, processing, packaging, etc., with the help of friends and family, and of course all that very impressive equipment they have! If you haven't ever been over to see it, I highly recommend you go, and, if they have cookies, DEFINITELY have one!

08/15/2020
Raquette Lake Navigation

Our friends (and member), Raquette Lake Navigation, did not open this season due to COVID. If you take a ride today, consider stopping by their gift shop, The Caboose, in Raquette Lake. Thank you for supporting local! ❤

Yay! The weekend is here and the Caboose gift shop is open today and tomorrow, 8/15-16, 12-2.

What a great day we had yesterday for our "Enhanced Farmers' Market!" We have heard all positive things and even the wea...
08/14/2020

What a great day we had yesterday for our "Enhanced Farmers' Market!" We have heard all positive things and even the weather cooperated! The Speculator Region Chamber of Commerce has successfully worked hard to continue to bring events like these to our area for your enjoyment.

As a reminder our office will be closed tomorrow.  Come on down to our "Enhanced Farmers' and Crafters' Market" from 12-...
08/12/2020

As a reminder our office will be closed tomorrow. Come on down to our "Enhanced Farmers' and Crafters' Market" from 12-5 and see us there!

We are very excited about this!  See everyone tomorrow!
08/12/2020

We are very excited about this! See everyone tomorrow!

Bearhurst Lakeside Cottages has an opening! If you're able to get away, give them a call and come up and enjoy our beaut...
08/12/2020

Bearhurst Lakeside Cottages has an opening! If you're able to get away, give them a call and come up and enjoy our beautiful area!

Cherry West is now available for the week of August 29 - September 5th! That's a beautiful time to be in the Adirondacks!

Check out some of these awesome creations from Mike Wilson of "Wood This Work".  Mike started out creating things in an ...
08/12/2020

Check out some of these awesome creations from Mike Wilson of "Wood This Work". Mike started out creating things in an effort to save money on his own wedding, decorations, props, etc., and now he's been in business 3 years! Some ideas come from Pinterest, he will make some custom items, or his wife might also have some input on some of his creations but all are unique and hard to choose from! Come check out his stuff on Thursdays from 2-5!

The 'Dog Days of August' are certainly here!!! But Molly and this sunset on Piseco Lake help to cool things off!! ❤
08/12/2020

The 'Dog Days of August' are certainly here!!! But Molly and this sunset on Piseco Lake help to cool things off!! ❤

Here is Piseco Lake Historical Society, Museum and Riley Tavern 5th installment of "Piseco Historic Happenings" for this...
08/11/2020

Here is Piseco Lake Historical Society, Museum and Riley Tavern 5th installment of "Piseco Historic Happenings" for this week's History Tuesday! Find some AC and chill!

PLHS “Piseco's Historic Happenings" #5 Aug 2020

Tim Crowley, Piseco “Gummer"

Timothy John Crowley was born to poor Irish immigrants around 1858 near Osceola, New York. His parents endured continuous hardships to maintain their small homestead, as his father toiled on nearby farms for scant wages. Tim’s mother died when he was a small boy, and soon after, he was bound out to work for a local dairy farmer until coming of age when he sought employment elsewhere. One of several jobs he obtained was driving mules on the towpaths of the Erie Canal. Tim returned to Lewis County to labor on a farm. His employer located a source of spruce gum, and soon he and Tim were in partnership picking the hardened resin from the forest evergreens. Spruce gum is sap that has hardened over time into an amber-colored resin. When chewing, the brittle gum crumbles and releases an intense “sprucy” flavor, but it is far from sweet and is an acquired taste. Spruce gum was chewed by Native Americans who introduced it to early European settlers. The Indians also used gum to caulk their birch bark canoes and pails, and also for medicinal purposes.
During the autumn and spring months, prime picking seasons, Crowley and his partner scoured the forests armed with long poles tipped with a sharpened file. To speed up the picking process, a cloth bag was tied beneath the file to quickly collect the scraped resin from the tree. Their harvest was then sent to the Adirondack Spruce Gum Company located near Booneville, New York. At this facility, the gum was cleaned of bark and insects, processed, packaged, and shipped to retailers where it sold for a penny a stick or a nickel a box.
The pickers, many of whom were farmers, woodsmen, and lumberjacks, could expect to earn from 10¢ to a $1.50 a pound depending on the quality of the gum. In the late 1800s, when a fair wage was $1.00 a day, gum pickers could easily earn $10.00 to $20.00 a day. Professional pickers, nicknamed “gummers”, often picked anywhere from fifty to one hundred pounds in a single outing, earning a substantial income for the time.
When the supply became scarce in Lewis County, Crowley traveled in search of spruce gum to different locations including the Mohawk Valley, Glenn Falls, and North Creek. From these parts, Crowley shipped his harvest to a processor in Boston. It is probable that Tim met and married Josephine Curtis of North Creek during this time. Crowley moved on to the township of Lake Pleasant where he found a large supply of gum near Dug Mountain, north of the village of Newton’s Corners (Speculator). The first day of working this area, Crowley picked sixty pounds of spruce gum. On other days, he picked as much as one hundred pounds. He sold these loads to his contact in Boston for $1.00 a pound.
By 1885, Crowley had moved to the Piseco area in search of gum. He worked the woods around Spruce Lake and sheltered at Ceylon Clark’s hunting camp. While working the woods north of Piseco, Crowley assembled a crew of pickers including Johnny Leaf, a Mohawk hunting guide known for working the West Canada Creek area, and several members of the Abrams family from Piseco. Danger was always present to pickers in the forestlands. Hazardous terrain, injury, and encounters with wild animals such as panthers, wolves, and bears were a common occurrence. Crowley killed his first bear with an axe while picking gum.
On March 18, 1887, Josephine Crowley gave birth to a baby girl named Mary, but the infant soon died after a severe illness. Following the funeral, the Crowley’s child was buried at Higgins Bay Cemetery, leaving Tim and Josephine in great mourning.
About this time, Crowley built a hunting camp near Spruce Lake where he started guiding sportsmen. In 1897, he bought a parcel of land from Floyd W. Abrams and built a log home on a rise along state road (Old Piseco Road) not far from Fall Stream. By 1900, his marriage with Josephine had dissolved and she returned to family in Warren County. Crowley continued gumming, trapping, and guiding, and also became a renowned bear hunter. In his old age, it is estimated he had taken at least forty-five bears in his lifetime. Long-time Piseco resident, Rob Diedrich, recalled, “Tim Crowley hunted bear with a .22 caliber pistol and had no problems going into a bear den to make the kill!”
With the commercial development of artificial gum, which was sweeter and was produced in multiple flavors, the picking of spruce gum became unprofitable for Crowley and other gummers around 1910. Now trapping and guiding were his only sources of income. A few years later, the State Conservation Department forced Crowley to move his large hunting camp at Spruce Lake. Instead, he sold the camp to William Courtney, who subsequently relocated the camp in accordance with state demands.
In 1913, Crowley left the woods and purchased the old Piseco Lake Hotel from the Courtney family. He operated the hotel for two years, but by 1915, he was leasing the building to Len Anibal.
Crowley was known for being a thoughtful person and many came to him for personal advice. It was these qualities that brought him to the position of Arietta Town Supervisor in 1906 and again in 1914-15. As old age overtook him, Crowley gave up trapping, and in his waning years, he boarded with forest ranger Clarence Williams and his wife Agnes. Tim Crowley died at Gloversville Hospital on April 17, 1941 at the age of 82. He was laid to rest beside his infant daughter at Higgins Bay Cemetery in Piseco. He left a legacy of being a kindly man who supplied needy friends and neighbors with fish and venison. Tim Crowley was also known as one of the best “gummers” ever to work the North Woods.

Why cook this weekend?? Chicken BBQ this Saturday at the Mountain Community United Methodist Church, Speculator Campus, ...
08/10/2020

Why cook this weekend?? Chicken BBQ this Saturday at the Mountain Community United Methodist Church, Speculator Campus, starting at 4 PM. Cost is by donation. Drive Up and Take Out!!

Many of you may recognize this woman as the postal worker at the Speculator Post office. Lisa Page from A Page In Time s...
08/10/2020

Many of you may recognize this woman as the postal worker at the Speculator Post office. Lisa Page from A Page In Time started out sewing baby clothes and never would have thought she would be sewing face masks and selling them at our local Farmers' Market! In addition to being a seamstress, Lisa is also a cake decorator! Check her out on FaceBook or stop and see her every Thursday from 2-5!

Even "The Chamber Girls" need a down day! Had a great day enjoying all the things that make us "Love where we live!"
08/09/2020

Even "The Chamber Girls" need a down day! Had a great day enjoying all the things that make us "Love where we live!"

We are just 4 days away from our "Enhanced Farmers Market" and we wanted to remind everyone of a few things.-Masks will ...
08/09/2020

We are just 4 days away from our "Enhanced Farmers Market" and we wanted to remind everyone of a few things.
-Masks will be required
-Our vendors will be spaced as required and we ask that you follow social distancing rules as well
-Vendors will assist one customer at a time
All children MUST remain with their parents
-No dogs are allowed in the pavillion this year :(
-No sales will be allowed before noon.
We are very excited for this and look forward to seeing everyone there!

Let's get to know Mike Tillson of Milburt Farm & Greenhouse This family run business is located in Galway and as Mike st...
08/08/2020

Let's get to know Mike Tillson of Milburt Farm & Greenhouse This family run business is located in Galway and as Mike states "it started as a hobby and just got out of control!" Mike and his wife now take care of 3+ greenhouses. He has plants, vegetable transplants, herbs and as seen in the picture, beautiful fresh cut flowers. Stop over and chat with Mike at our next market, his knowledge is so helpful and he's an overall joy just to chat with!

We want to thank all our customers and farmers who donated to the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry yesterday at the Speculato...
08/07/2020

We want to thank all our customers and farmers who donated to the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry yesterday at the Speculator Farmers' & Crafters' Market! We're so thankful that so many people helped to restock their shelves with some fresh produce!
If you missed it or were unable to attend, please consider making a contribution in the future! They can be contacted via North Country Bible Fellowship in Speculator!

Feeling the weekend vibes!📸: Rebecca SmithLake Pleasant
08/07/2020

Feeling the weekend vibes!
📸: Rebecca Smith
Lake Pleasant

08/05/2020
Dackland radio

Local favorite, Gary Rhinehart is back on Dackland radio with his 'Heart to Heart' series! Be sure to tune in this Saturday, August 8th at 7 PM!

Its been a while since I have been able to say it but I am so glad I can! Heart to Heart with Gary Rhinehart is returning with an episode on Saturday the 8th at 7 pm! I talk with experts about the Opioid epidemic and what is being done to try and curtail its rise in America. So tune into Dackland Radio 7 pm Saturday or look for it on the Dackland Radio YouTube after broadcast and while you are there, catch up on all the Heart to Heart with Gary Rhinehart interviews!

Just a reminder that tomorrow during our Farmer's Market we will be joined by a member of "Loaves and Fishes" while we p...
08/05/2020

Just a reminder that tomorrow during our Farmer's Market we will be joined by a member of "Loaves and Fishes" while we participate in the "Give Back NY' Food Drive. Purchase some fresh produce from one of our vendors or bring a non-perishable item with you! Thank you and we look forward to seeing you from 2-5!

Everyone, meet Sandy Yates of Something To Crow About from Northville.  After retirement Sandy was looking for something...
08/05/2020

Everyone, meet Sandy Yates of Something To Crow About from Northville. After retirement Sandy was looking for something to do while getting to meet people. One of her friends taught her how to make earrings and that was it! She has since branched out to other jewelry pieces and likes to make each piece unique. In addition to our market Sandy also does the Northville Farmers market and a variety of Craft Shows. Stop by and say hello, also check out her Adirondack sun hats, they are so cute!

History Tuesday just keeps getting better!! The booklets seen below are now available at the Chamber by request. Each on...
08/04/2020

History Tuesday just keeps getting better!! The booklets seen below are now available at the Chamber by request.
Each one has been researched, written and developed by our Lake Pleasant Town Historian, Aaron Weaver, and printed compliments of the Chamber. We hope you enjoy them!

It's History Tuesday and we've got Piseco Lake Historical Society, Museum and Riley Tavern's 4th installment of 'Piseco'...
08/04/2020

It's History Tuesday and we've got Piseco Lake Historical Society, Museum and Riley Tavern's 4th installment of 'Piseco's Historic Happenings!' Enjoy the memories!!!

PLHS Piseco's Historic Happenings #4 July 2020

Bart Avery
-Arietta’s Greatest Athlete-

Bartle Arthur Avery, son of Adirondack hotel owner Lyman Avery and his wife Phoebe Howland, was born in 1920 and knew the forests and mountains of the North Woods well. Bart and his siblings, Helen, Milton, and Robert, resided at 124 Kingsboro Avenue in Gloversville, New York. During the summer months and vacations, the Avery children lived and worked in Arietta at the family business, Avery’s Hotel.

Bart was an outstanding athlete in his school days and led the football, basketball, and baseball teams at Gloversville High School in the late 1930s. On the ball diamond, he was a star pitcher and achieved a batting average over .400 during his junior and senior seasons. This athletic ability, coupled with academic excellence, led him to the University of Alabama in 1938, where he was a three-sport athlete, starring in the backfield during the 1940-42 football seasons. As quarterback of the football team in his junior year, he carried the Crimson Tide to the controversial 1941 national championship, despite a record of 8-2 and being ranked #20 in the national standings. The 1941 squad also went to the Cotton Bowl to face Texas A&M, but Avery, hobbled by a fractured foot, was sidelined for the 29-21 victory.

During his college years, Avery returned home each summer to play semi-professional baseball in the Mohawk Valley. He suited up with the Johnstown Indians, Bleeker Dutchmen, Cordone Rheingolds, and Sherman’s baseball team at the Caroga Lake amusement park. His fiery arm and power hitting made him a favorite of local fans that packed the bleachers at Glovers Park, Knox Field, and Sherman’s Baseball Field during the early 1940s. After graduating from Alabama in 1943, Bart married Ellen Bealle Daniel, and days after the marriage, he joined the U.S. Army.

The coming of World War II forever ended Bart Avery’s athletic greatness. While serving with the U.S. Army with the rank of Major, he was killed in Germany on April 6, 1945 leading troops against a strong enemy position. Just as Avery had led his teammates on the sporting fields of his youth, he bravely led men on the deadly battlegrounds of Europe. He was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart for his heroism and sacrifice. At the time of his death, Avery was the father of a four-month-old daughter, Terry Ellen.

The Avery family had previously suffered the tragic loss of eldest son, Milton, on June 4, 1944. Milton Avery served with the 15th U.S. Air Force in Italy and was killed in an attempt to bring a heavily damaged B-24 bomber back to base in Giulia, Italy. For his service, Milton was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Purple Heart. The Avery brothers are buried at Ferndale Cemetery in Johnstown and are remembered on the WWII monument at the Town of Arietta Municipal Offices in Piseco, at the Gloversville WWII Memorial on Kingsboro Avenue, and honored with stained glass windows at Trinity Church in Gloversville. To remember Bart Avery and Don Wemple, another athlete killed in WWII, the Gloversville Pop Warner youth football program was named the Wemple-Avery Football League in the 1960s.

Say hello to Andrea Smith of Wandering Bee Apiary located in Coxsackie.  This is another family run business, 3rd Genera...
08/03/2020

Say hello to Andrea Smith of Wandering Bee Apiary located in Coxsackie. This is another family run business, 3rd Generation. Andrea's father always had bees but it was just a hobby for him. Andrea and her sister decided 5 years ago to take on the bees and make it a business! Today these sisters- along with nieces and nephews who love to help when they visit, have a nice variety of products available every week at our market. Stop and see what they have! Oh, and be sure to check out Andrea's shirt, I just love it!!

Getting to know Deanna Nelson of Karen's Produce.Deanna is always so nice to chat with, and did you know she had a local...
08/01/2020

Getting to know Deanna Nelson of Karen's Produce.
Deanna is always so nice to chat with, and did you know she had a local tie right here in Speculator? Her Aunt was Genevieve Zeiser. Karen's Produce is a 115 acre farm in Amsterdam that is family owned and operated, 5 generations strong! Previous to this location her family came from the Ukraine and started a farm in the town of Florida which they still have today. Karen's has wonderful produce and this week Deanna was the first to have corn at the market and I can tell you, it's delicious!

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PO Box 184
Speculator, NY
12164

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Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 09:00 - 13:00

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(518) 548-4521

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Can’t wait to visit tomorrow.. Have there been any bear sightings near Moffit Beach lately ?
3 favorite pictures today from cherry creek.
Any chance the Lane 10K Lake run will still happen and offer a virtual option as well? Thank you :)
This link (below) should open the story I wrote about how we lost and found our puppy, Nana. Please let me know if you try to view it and it doesn't work You'll have to be patient with me if it doesn't, but I'll do my best to get it to you!
The lost dog, Swade, was FOUND this morning! He is in great shape. Thank you to all who kept an eye out for him! We are very grateful.
Thank you for helping to find Swade!
Hi We lost our dog Sammy 25lb black cockapoo Saturday night at the Cove remote campground off Mofitt beach Please, help us find him. Please call me at 518-332-6363.
Speculator fireworks were incredible last night!! We appreciated the Star-Spangled Banner beforehand, and the patriotic music during the show!! It was perfect!!❤️
LOST DOG in Speculator. Her name is Nana (pronounced Na-Nuh). She is 5 months old, but about the size of a small lab. She’s about 45 pounds. She is all black with a white tuft of fur on her chest. She has a purple collar and purple leash. We adore her. Our info isn’t on the tag, but she has a red tag in the shape of a heart with her vet info on it. My number is 315-717-2488. Our camp is down toward the end of Marion Ave. She ran off the beach at the beginning of the fireworks in the general area behind the Lemon Tree. The beach property is down Elliot Lane. Please spread the word. Thank you!