This past week’s weather in a nutshell: Hot. It’s been hot. It’s been good! Forest ferns unfurled. Deer fly in full effect. Had some drizzle here and there. 80s. Humid. Father and son coming back down from a canoe trip up high falls reported FIFTEEN beaver dams and chipmunk chasing toads and hummingbirds. Wanakena village remains to be overtaken by MICE. Flowers abloom all over town! A big yellow Full Moon! Fireflys! Hares a’hoppin. Hiking trails dry and parking lots jammin’full. DEER FLY!!!! Sailboat on the river sailin! People peopling!! Later in the week Bill G. was out with extended clippers keeping the naughty parsnip around Mill Pond at bay.
Adrian Aardvark? Yes! Plattsburgh freak-folk musician/artist Chris Rigsbee did a sweet interview with New York Makers blog. Chris Stott-Rigsbee has performed at Otto’s Abode a handful of times over the years. AA album for sale down at the Abode. Check out his music, check out the art, check out the interview. Below is a picture of Adrian Aardvark rockin’ Otto’s Abode last spring and here’s a link to the interview: https://newyorkmakers.com/blogs/magazine/turning-to-music-a-conversation-with-christopher-stott-rigsbee-of-adrian-aardvark
Cranberry Lake Boat Club and the Clifton Community Library have arranged some activities! The Cranberry Lake Boat Club is hosting an online Photo Contest as well as a Village Poker Ramble. Both activities can be found at the Cranberry Lake Boat Club Website. The Clifton Community Library's town-wide scavenger hunt can be found at their Facebook page. Stop in at Otto's Abode and register for the Village Poker Ramble... C'MON!!!!!!
www.blackwaterscafe.com Someone said Packbasket Lodge in Wanakena was renting rooms.
Stone Manor Diner and Motel in Cranberry Lake, Lakeside General Store in Cranberry Lake, UB’s Mercantile & Adirondack Rustics in Oswegatchie, Coffee Fever, 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…). The Clifton-Fine Municipal Golf Course is open seven days a week. Post Offices are open too (Thanks, Mary!) Duck Decoy and MORE showroom open for pop-ins. “Showroom FILLED” 481 Tooly Pond Rd, Cranberry Lake – 315-848-4223. Always beautiful photography at the Wanakena Tracks facebook page.
The Clifton Community Library in Cranberry Lake is closed but hosts via Facebook Live bedtime stories most nights read aloud by Ms. Kate the Librarian! Also from the CCL Facebook page: “Community wide scavenger hunt!!! From Windfall to Oswegatchie, from Fine to Cranberry Lake--put your peepers on and prove you have 2020 Vision!. I'll be putting paper forms in the CL post office shortly, and then hitting the road to drop off paper copies in Wanakena (Otto’s Abode), Star Lake, Newton Falls, and wherever else we can! I hope you have a great time--first prize is $50 to either Todd's, UB's, or Stone Manor. #2020vision Have a GREAT time and remember that you have to enter via the Google Form listed at the top of this sheet.” https://www.facebook.com/cliftoncommunitylibrary/
Hillside Diner in Oswegatchie, Twin Lakes in Star Lake remain temporarily closed.
Kim’s Lost Dog Report: As of today there are NO lost dogs in Wanakena. Someone did loose a knife, though. Glasses down at the beach, also. Have lots of unclaimed sets of keys from over the years as well. Woof!
"The weather stayed so clear and warm,
that that grandmother swam yesterday morn."
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
A LETTER TO THE EDITOR:
"I am willing to contribute a high quality, archival photograph of a deer fly, suitable for framing, as an additional prize.
Also, to "normalize" the number of fly's caught and make the submissions comparable (and potentially suitable as research contributions to future deer fly population counts, tagging projects, and migration studies), I suggest that the number of flies caught be divided by the number of hours the fly tape was exposed . This results in a flies/hour metric comparable across all methods of collection.
Since there do not seem to have been other deer fly contests, Wanakena will set the standard for such contests in the future. It's probable that the contest will eventually evolve into deer fly contests across the country, perhaps the world. And it is also possible, even probable, that they will evolve into more scientific deer fly "counts." We know that the first execution of a procedure or method typically becomes the model for future methods until a better method is developed. Also, it's not unusual that a particular procedure or scientific event/discovery is named for the person or community in which it was first practiced or noticed. One example is "Lyme Disease." Marconi's radio was first called a "Marconi." Restless Leg Syndrome is now called the "Epstein Barr Syndrome" after the first people to describe the syndrome. On a more positive note, future deer fly contests that lead to deer fly counts might be known as the "Wanakena Counts" or "Wanakena Deer Fly Studies." It is even conceivable that college laboratories could be named, "The Wanakena Deer Fly Studies Laboratory" and centers of study called "The Wanakena Center for Deer Fly Studies."
In addition to the potential for community, educational, and scientific recognition provided by the "Wanakena Deer Fly Contest," there are the potential economic benefits. A very rough estimate is that commercial profits (general store, lodging, restaurant profits, increased property values) could be substantial. For example, Punxutawney, Pennsylvania has benefited greatly by the annual weather forecasts of Punxutawney Phil. Even though everyone knows the annual Spring ritual is a hoax, they play along by giving the town their recognition and money, even to the extent that a popular movie has been made about the event. This is possible for Wanakena.
The S.W.A.G. estimation method indicates that an accurate economic estimate of a deer fly contest is impossible to make - but it is certainly an amount worth working for. One expert noted that the benefit would be potentially enough for some sand for the beach and some new ducks for the duck race every few years - not unimportant items.
In conclusion, it is clear that the "Wanakena Deer Fly Contest" could be the precursor to significant recognition of, and economic stability for, the Wanakena of the future. I believe we should grab this opportunity without hesitation for ourselves and our children."
-JACK WILLIAMS - Wanakena, NY