WANAKENA WEEKLY #81 - 08/19/21 - 08/25/21

Happy Thursday!

– Humid fog and full moon. The Wankena History Center has OPENED! Bears'n'scat spotted; BLACK fur blurs and forest berry fudge. Dank earth and turf roast in the mid day sun. Smells like steamy hot floral compost heap. College groups are bombarding the forest and hamlets in the form of teeny-bopp-over-packed-backpack-clusters by the bus-load mostly smiling but a couple tears were reported. Trails are wet, bugs are biting. The Oswegatchie has been RIPPIN' though town, has dulled a bit but still growls. Wanakena History Center open Saturday 10-2pm!!!! Nelson Brothers Country Western Band playing Cranberry Lake Pavilion Sunday at 2pm. Clifton Fine Economic Development Corporation's Cultural Arts Committee's last concert at ZPARK in Wanakena for summer 2021: Labor Day Saturday the 4th featuring FOLKFACES rowdy jazz and bluesey roots from Buffalo, NY @ 7pm - SPREAD THE WORD.... BE THERE! NEW Cranberry/Wanakena-based blog HERE: Blog | CRANBERRY B[L]OG (cranberryblog.org). Here’s a link to the most recent town board meeting minutes. HERE: Town Of Fine: Minutes: August 18, 2021: Town Board Meeting [Digital Towpath]

- The heat and humidity is set to DROP! Down into the 70s starting tomorrow. Looks like rain on the way Saturday, Sunday, Monday! Next week is looking nice; 70s and sunny - mama mia! This weather forecast is brought to you by Wanakena’s own PATTIJACKNAN weather team – a Wanakener garage-pole-mounted weather station and crew. THANKS, TEAM! This weather station can be found HERE: Wanakena, NY 10-Day Weather Forecast | Weather Underground (wunderground.com)

Last Saturday the Wanakena Historical Association held their GRAND opening! They began at noon dedication the blue and yellow Ranger School Historical Marker down at Sign Corners. Next at 1pm they dedicated the History Center itself! The doors were open until 4pm and guests browsed the collection! Great Job everyone! 

- ****BREAKING NEWS**** - There was a LOST DOG, for  couple weeks now. Signs we hung, the owners came back from PA a couple times to look. Grey Brown German Pointer names Esther (like the Phish song). The dog took off from Janacks Landing a couple weeks ago. Our neighbor Bill was out on his boat in Black Duck Hole and saw the pup on the shoreline. Turns out that's where the owners and Ester had camped in previous years. Woof, Woof! Thanks, Bill! The $500 reward will be given to the Kim and Thom Lost Dog Report. Sike. 

- We found this in out email inbox: Cranberry Lake 50 Hiking Pilot Trip! WHEN: September 11th – September 14th. COST: $550.00. Adirondack Hamlets to Huts announces the 4-day/3-night Cranberry Lake 50 Pilot Trip. Come enjoy the vast wilderness of the Northwest Adirondacks and the 3rd largest lake inside the Blue Line. This special trip offering runs from the morning of Saturday, September 11th through the evening of Tuesday, September 14th. We will be a group of 8, including two guides, Jamie Savage and Joe Dadey. Jamie is a Professor at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Ranger School in Wanakena, and AHH board member, and the principal author of the Cranberry Lake 50 Pocket Guide. Joe is the Executive Director of Adirondack Hamlets to Huts. We will hike approximately 12.3, 17.5, 11.5, and 12.2 miles consecutively over the course of four days for a total of 53+ miles. Average elevation gain is minimal at 75 feet per mile. Night One will find us enjoying the comforts of glamping tents at the Cranberry Lake State Campground. We will spend nights Two and Three at The Packbasket Adventures Lodge in Wanakena (double-occupancy rooms). The group will be shuttled via boat from select places along the lakeside trail to and from The Packbasket Adventures Lodge. The cost of this trip is $550.00 and includes three nights of lodging, all meals from dinner on the first day through lunch on the fourth day, all luggage and boat shuttle services, and standard gratuities. Come explore the Cranberry Lake region and do ”the 50” with Adirondack Hamlets to Huts! Adventure by day. Comfort at night. Proof of full vaccination required along with dietary restrictions/preferences in advance. To book your adventure now, call Joe at 315.657.1320.

- NEW ART SHOW NEXT WEEK - New Paintings by Wanakena's own Bev McKeown. More info to come. The front porch is packed with produce; corn, greens, herbs, tubers, berries, and more! Delivery arrives Wednesday and we keep it stocked all week. Dry goods in cans, dry goods in boxes, bread, milk, eggs, meats, cheeses, snack sacks and candy racks. Cold drinks, hot coffee. Walk-in cooler holds COLD beer, cider, seltzers and more! Books, maps, gifts and necessities. Trail information for any wondering soul; stop in the shop or give us a call. Right along the Cranberry Lake 50! Post office next door for all your mailing needs 10-noon M-Sat - thanks, Mary! When else can we say? LOTS, but we've said enough!

- August 3rd - 31st.... LAST CHANCE TO SEE THE EXHIBITION! ADIRONDACK REFLECTIONS - drawings by Paul Cervalloni and pulp paintings by Carol Vossler! Carol Marie Vossler: Imagery and objects reflect my concerns for the environment and the need for us to take action. We cannot wait. Extinction of over a million animals is at stake. Everyone needs to understand that we are all connected globally and the environmental damage due to floods, earthquakes, and loss of habitat in other geographical areas is affecting the Adirondacks at this moment. Only 9% of plastics you use are recyclable. So, try one thing. Use one-half of the plastic you use now. Purchase a water bottle. Bring your own re-usable bags for produce and vegetables. Re- use your plastic containers for storing items in that “catch-all drawer.” Use real utensils, plates, and cups at your camp cookouts…and use a real cotton tablecloth not a plastic one! When the tablecloth is worn out, we can turn it into paper! You can then use the paper to write a letter to your grandchildren explaining how you helped save the Adirondacks! Carol Marie Vossler was born and raised in Rochester, NY. She arrived in the Adirondacks in 1979 where she attended and earned her AAS degree in Forestry from Paul Smith’s College. She later earned her BFA from Plattsburgh State University and her MFA in sculpture from Syracuse University. She shared a studio in NYC for 5 years learning the business of art while meeting artists from all around the world and has curated several national and international exhibitions. She recently retired after 18 years of teaching the studio arts, of which thirteen were spent as a full-time instructor at North Country Community College. Carol Marie became a certified “Art Integration Specialist” enabling her to create STEAM & Project Based Learning programs for teachers, students, and community-based organizations. Carol Marie is the Founder and Director Emeritus for BluSeed Studios a non-for-profit arts organization in Saranac Lake. In June of 2019 she stepped aside from the Artistic Director position for BluSeed Studios so she could pursue her own creative endeavors. She fulfills her passion in papermaking and provides workshops under the banner of Lunar Horizons. The versatility of the medium in both two- and three-dimensional form is inspiring and can be used to make an assortment of fine art and craft objects. Papermaking is also eco-friendly using recycled cotton fabric and other plant-based material that could end up in a landfill. To learn more about Carol Marie Vossler or to take one of her creative workshops visit “Lunar Horizons” at lunarhorizons.com. Paul Cervelloni: As an artist, I aspire to capture and enhance an instant of reality in the context of everyday life. Working primarily with colored pencils and graphite, I portray realistic images of people, animals, and scenery found in local and natural surroundings. Using a technique of layering values on Bristol smooth surface paper, my goal is to direct one’s attention to the detailed elements that naturally construct an object of beauty. Paul Cervelloni is originally from Rochester, NY and currently resides with his wife Stephanie (Westbrook) in Greensboro, North Carolina. He started creating artwork later in life as a hobby as he contemplated retirement from the business world. Paul is "YouTube-trained"; having never attended an ‘in-person’ studio class. However, he hails from an artistic family and is proud to tell others that Carol Vossler is his "favorite little sister!"

 - "NOTE: We have suspended online ordering for 2 weeks – till after Labor Day. With in-person orders, it often gets to be too many orders all at the same time. Thank you for understanding!" & "Our Trading Post is growing! Not only can you grab a good bite to eat – you can shop for meats, cheeses and produce at our deli case, buy lures for fishing, find camping supplies, pick up a gift, your favorite teas, basic groceries, K-cups, specialty foods and t-shirts!" They are open Sun, Tues, Wed 8-3pm & Thurs, Fri, Sat 8-7pm (closed Mondays). CHECK OUT THEIR TRAIL CAM HERE: gotsnowcams.com - New York - paul@NorthernChateau@.com

WANAKENA HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION – Grand opening of the History Center was held on Saturday, August 21st! History Center open this Saturday 10-2pm or make an appointment to check the place out! The Walking Tour around Wanakena is OPEN for the warm-weather season! Bottle and can drive outside of the History Center ALL SUMMER LONG! Get chuggin' and give up those nickels!

PACKBASKET ADVENTURES – Website says: "We are OPEN FOR BUSINESS and following NYS DOH Guidelines. We are accepting reservations with proof of completed vaccination protocol OR proof of negative Covid test within 3 days of planned arrival. Come have a safe and relaxing stay!"

RANGER SCHOOL - Students are BACK. Campus is open to the public. CHECK OUT THEIR TRAIL CAM HERE: Webcam | The Ranger School | SUNY ESF

WANAKENA CHURCH – OPEN FOR SUMMER SUNDAY SERVICES STARTING JUNE 6th – Service starts at 9:15 AM!!! Ring that bell! Outdoor service at the end of August under the BIG TENT.

WANAKENA CEMETERY ASSOCIATION – Got yer raffle tickets? Announced that Cremation Remains burial has gone up from $150 to $250. Also, there is no longer a backhoe charge for cremation burial because they don’t use a backhoe for cremation burials any longer.

– NEW Cranberry/Wanakena-based BLOG here: Blog | CRANBERRY B[L]OG (cranberryblog.org). Tilly's at Stone Manor is OPEN (and hiring)! Clifton Community Library OPEN 6 days a week: Mon-Fri 10-2pm also Wed 6-7pm and Saturdays 10-1pm and LIVE MUSIC out back in the pavilion The Nelson Brothers will be preforming 2pm August 29th. Cranberry Lake Book Club first Mondays of the month in the pavilion out back. Cranberry Lake North Shore Hub has a new break wall and the public docks are laid out for YOU to dock your boat in Cranberry Lake! Lakeside General Store is OPEN! Tooley Pond Duck Decoy Showroom in Cranberry Lake is OPEN!!!!!!! John Dragun NEON ARTWORK and MORE down in Windfall… OPEN! What ever happened to Grass River Railway? We spoke with someone who’s workin’ on it! Also, check this out: http://cranberrylake.com/defaults.asp

OUT WEST – End of Summer Family Fun event at the Legion Saturday August 28th. Chicken BBQ at noon, classic car cruise-in 11-3pm live music, vendors, bouncy house AND MORE!!!! The Ol' IGA is going down! Town of Fine hiring an Assessor Assistant. CF Hospital Craft Fair Sat, Sept 11th 10-3pm Clifton-Fine Arena! Donate school supplies at Coffee Fever! Jrecks Subs OPEN out at the Golf Course Club House. WHAT'S THE SCOOP? Hard and soft serve ice cream on rt. 3 on the right heading up the hill into Star Lake. Clifton Fine Hospital is HIRING! Clifton Fine Central School is HIRING! Summer Yoga back at the Star Lake Community Center on Wednesdays, call ‘em up! The Fitness Room at CFCS is OPEN to community members 6pm – 10pm M-F starting May 3rd (paperwork required). Also, volleyball at school Thursday nights at 5:30pm, outside. Mountain Gate Redemption near Benson Mines is open. Golf course is open. Twin Lakes Hotel, Coffee Fever, American Legion, Todd Hardware, Adirondack Pharmacy, Community Bank and Circle J’s in Star Lake are open! Alcoholics Anonymous Friday nights at 7pm in the SOS Building. UB’s, and Adirondack Rustics, Hillside Diner in Oswegatchie are open! The following is copy-pasted from the Fine Town Board Meeting hours from Wednesday 11/11/2020: Jeremy wanted the board to be aware that the Dollar General is looking into putting a store at the former Great American site. This would not be required to go to site plan review since it is not a change of use.

KIM AND THOMS LOST DOG REPORT - **** BREAKING NEWS**** - There was a lost, lost dog. This pup was way gone. As you read above, it was found. As of today, there are NO lost dogs in Wanakena. Town of Fine is doing a Dog Census this summer. All dogs over 4 months are required to be licensed in the Town of Fine.

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