2016 Photography Contest:
Four Seasons Of Saranac

Four Seasons of Saranac Photography Contest Winners Announced


It is a pleasure to announce the winners of the USLA 2016 Four Seasons of Saranac Photography Contest.

This year’s winners were selected from among 136 submissions from 40 photographers. From these photographs, acclaimed Adirondack photographer, Mark Kurtz, selected the best 40 photographs, and identified the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers, as well as three honorable mentions.  Then YOU provided your input to identify the People’s Choice award winner.

Without further ado, the winners of this year’s contest are:

The 40 finalists will receive a certificate of excellence and the winners will receive an appropriate award.  You all receive the admiration of your lake neighbors.  We thank all of the photographers for their submissions.  It was an amazing body of photography and we are so honored and grateful that you shared your talents with the Upper Saranac Lake community.

A more detailed article will be presented in the October issue of the Mailboat.

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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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Notify NYS Police For Posted Property Program

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Join USLA now! We have 515 members and our goal is 600!

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History of Eagle Island

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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 an organization whose membership is made up of property owners and others who care deeply about the well being of Upper Saranac Lake and it’s surrounding watershed. The USLA is an important part of what makes our lake special and your participation is vital to our success. Having a large and active membership makes us an effective force in dealing with the variety of issues affecting our community. Together we get the attention of those whose decisions affect the quality of our time here on the lake.The modest membership fee of $45 also provides a variety of activities arranged by our cultural affairs committee, a top notch website, newsletters, email alerts and many other benefits.

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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lecture on future of monarchs

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Water testing?

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Grummond Aluminum Canoe

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Adirondack Garden Club Flower Show

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Boat Mechanic

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USLA Decal?

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