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Ice harvesting on Long Lake

LONG LAKE — Residents may know that ice harvesting was an important activity and a necessity in the history of Long Lake, but did you know it is still going on? Hear about it from Tom Whitney, a seasonal resident whose whole family harvests ice every winter near Round Island.
The annual meeting of the Long Lake Association will be held on Saturday morning, Aug. 17, at 10 a.m. at the Long Lake Town Hall. Following a welcome, featuring coffee and pastries, there will be a short business meeting followed by a presentation by some of the boat launch stewards, and a short address and discussion with Long Lake Supervisor Clark Seaman. This will be followed by the program speaker.
In the words of Tom Whitney, “Ice harvesting on Long Lake, from its commercial and private roots, continues on Long Lake into the present. Although several private ice houses from the early 20th century still stand around the lake, they fell into disuse owing to mechanical refrigeration and electrification, the outright ban on the sale of lake ice and decay of these very wet structures.”
Everyone is welcome, so come and enjoy some of the history of the lake that is so important to the community.

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