WANAKENA WEEKLY #16 - 05/21/20 - 05/27/20
This past Memorial Day Weekend Paul Smith’s Adirondack Watershed Institute began positioning their Watershed Stewards at boat launches around the Adirondacks. That means Cranberry Lake has a Watershed Steward on-duty at the State Launch site down Matilda Road in Cranberry Village. That also means the "back door" to Cranberry Lake remains UNPROTECTED. It is up to YOU to help protect Cranberry Lake from Aquatic Invasive Species. Practice CLEAN, DRAIN, DRY with all your watercraft. Cranberry Lake DOES NOT have nasty invasive species like Zebra Muscle and Eurasian Milfoil - LETS KEEP IT THAT WAY!
The Wanakena Historical Association is back in action! This past week the famous empty-can-cart has returned. NO DOG POO BAGS PLEASE. Folks wishing to rid themselves of empty soda/beer/etc cans & bottles may chuck bags of 'em in the cart. Piers will haul it away filled with soon-to-be nickels. Teri and Crew and Mountain Gate Bottle Redemption do the rest. Also this past week Bill Gleason set back-up the Wanakena Walking Tour. ALSO, "Cats Meow"of the Wanakena History Center available for purchase down here at Otto's Abode. When are they gonna make a "Wanakena General Store" Cat's Meow?
NEW ART on view at Otto's Abode!
May 11th, 1893 The Cranberry Lake Postal name became “Harewood” for a nine-year period. (St. Lawrence County Almanack, Robert LaRou). EIGHT MILES TO HAREWOOD is a of series of seven new postcard-sized drawings - by The Abode's resident artist Nolan Fedorow - which sought to depict the shoreline of Cranberry Lake and surrounding wilderness. This body of work is a continuation from last year’s series of seven drawings depicting Wanakena, Dead Creek Flow and surrounding wilderness called WHAT DO WE HAVE HERE? Historical sites such as “The Wanakena Hotel” or the “Morning Glory Lodge” have not been included in these drawings which seek to represent more of a current snapshot of the area. Though these drawings are essentially maps, they do not wish to function in the same navigational sense. Rather, these maps aim to re-think regions, destinations, and highlight smaller concepts such as bends in the river or passes between hills in relation to the larger whole. The drawings do their best to accurately represent current trails, junctions and destinations and serve as a jump-off point for planning and/or imagining wilderness exploration. Maps used for reference: Lucian Plumley’s 1961 Cranberry Lake Boat Club Map, George Bowditch & Paul Jameson’s Cranberry Lake Map, NYS DEC Designated Campsites Cranberry Lake (1991), USGS Five Ponds, Newton Falls, Cranberry Lake & Wolf Pond Quadrants, Five Ponds Partners’ Cranberry Lake 50 Map, National Geographic / ADK Club’s Old Forge/Oswegathie #745 Map, Paddlesport Press’s Whitney Wilderness MapMasks for sale.
The CRANBERRY LAKE BOAT CLUB announced via their Facebook Page that the public dock at THE HUB has been set back into Cranberry Lake with the help of some local volunteers. Great Job! Now folks on Cranberry Lake can moor at the village and scamper accross the street for some Ice Cream at Stone Manor.
Blackwaters Café and Trading Post in Wanakena is open for pick-up/take-out Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sat 11-6pm!!!! The best way to order is through their website www.blackwaterscafe.com
The Stone Manor Diner in Cranberry Lake is back to seven days a week 6:30 - 2:30. The ice cream window is open Thurs – Sun until 8pm!
Lakeside General Store in Cranberry Lake is now OPEN for the summer Mon-Sat 8-6 and Sun 9-5.
UB’s Mercantile in Oswegatchie, Todd Hardware, Adirondack Pharmacy and Circle K in Star Lake, Mountain Gate Redemption near Benson Mines, and Sevey Point remain open for business in one way or another (open, take out, pick up, drop off, etc…). Post Offices are open too (Thanks, Mary!)
The Clifton Community Library in Cranberry Lake hosts via Facebook Live bedtime stories most nights read aloud by Ms. Kate the Librarian! https://www.facebook.com/cliftoncommunitylibrary/
Hillside Diner in Oswegatchie, Twin Lakes and Coffee Fever in Star Lake remain temporarily closed.
Kim’s Lost Dog Report: There are currently NO lost dogs in Wanakena.
The St. Lawrence County spring outdoor burn ban that was in effect March 16th – May 14th IS OVER. BURN, BABY, BURN! Though, it has not been too rainy. One might say: "it is dry." So be extra careful (always) with your fires.
There is a time to fish and a time to dry nets – Chinese Proverbs
All for now!
Any questions, comments, concerns, trail condition inquiries, legends, jokes, animal sightings, etc… feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 3158483008 or pop-in the shop! Wanakena Weekly archive here: http://www.ottosabode.org/p/wanakena-weekly.html