WANAKENA WEEKLY #84 - 09/09/21 - 09/15/21

Happy Thursday!

– What can we say? It's an absolutely beautiful time of the year! Nice cool nights, warm sunny (and some rainy) days. Everyone is commenting how quiet it is - perhaps summer is just LOUD! RT61 heading into Wanakena had some shoulder work the other day; still no painted lines, though. VERY SMOOTH. The leaves and other foliage are changing shape, color, form, etc.... Mosquitos are still out along with some other flying freaks. Lots of bees out for their last pollen puff. LOTS OF BIG PORCH SPIDERS, TOO! Lots of updates on the CliftonFineADK website these days: Clifton-Fine Community News & Events (cliftonfineadk.com). Hiking trails reported to be in GOOD shape. There was the Hamlets2Huts Cranberry Lake 50 Test Run happening this past weekend; we heard everyone had a grand old time. Also, there was the 500+ mile mountain bike race which passed though town. One of the bikers saw a MOOSE over by Streeter Lake. Coyote clusters! Sliver of a moon in the clear night's sky. WHAT THE HELL MADE THIS HOLE IN THE FENCE AT THE TENNIS COURT?!?!? A cannonball? Time traveler from another dimension? Pickles? HELP US FIGURE OUT THIS MYSTERY!!!! (photo below) Covid numbers are going up - mask-up and get down! Here’s a link to the most recent town board meeting minutes HERE: Town Of Fine: Minutes: September 08, 2021: Town Board Meeting [Digital Towpath]

- Weather looks nice! 70s though the weekend. Scattered thunder storms Saturday, though. Waking up Sunday morning should be in the 40s! 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)

- Sarah Cooper was the winner! She set a new Woman's Record of 4 day 20ish hours! Dan Jordan broke the Men's Record last year at 3 days 10ish hours. Below is a shot of our friend and racer Jody Dixon! You can replay the race at this link: TRACK IT HERE - They entered the village VIA The Moore Trail and zipped right through town turning left up 2nd Street, a right up Ranger School Road and past Ranger School onto The Peavine Swamp Trail. WOOHOO!!!! From the website: TATR is a 585 mile, solo, self-supported bikepacking adventure through the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. The annual grand depart is the second Friday of September, or riders can tour the route at any time. Riders will depart Northville’s Waterfront Park on Friday, September 10th at 8am. Follow the route on Trackleaders.com The route starts and ends in the Village of Northville at the town’s Waterfront Park. It is an adventure that stays true to the Adirondack Park: a journey from the southern foothills to the rugged interior, and on to the vast north and the picturesque Champlain Valley. It is a loop through a beautiful and diverse eastern wilderness on trail, pavement, and dirt road.

- Thanks for wearing a mask in Otto's Abode. Local Covid numbers are going UP, UP AND AWAY!!! We're adjusting our hours in conjunction with the change of season. Check out our ad in next week's BARGAIN HUNTER. We'll post it up on here also. THE PRETZEL FAIRY VISITED US! Yes, that's right: Martin's Pretzels are back on our shelves. New Paintings by Wanakena's own Bev McKeown. More info below. Junk Drawer Exhibit remains on view with some new additions. Want to exhibit your art/work at Otto's Abode? We want you! NEW AND IMPROVED Wee-Keena Library bookshelf, check it out. The front porch is PACKED with produce. This week: turnips! Delivery arrives Wednesday and we keep it stocked all week. Eggs and milk too. Dry goods in cans, dry goods in boxes, dry goods in bags, frozen meats, local cheeses, snack sacks, candy racks and more. 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 and a hop skip and a jump up from the Oswegatchie River/Cranberry Lake! 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!

- Paintings; Our Local Landscape - NEW Paintings by Wanakena's own Bev McKeown. On view at Otto's Abode September 1st - October 11th, 2021. Some words from Bev about the show: Nothing is more exciting than looking at an array of colorful paints, painting surfaces and a beautiful landscape to stimulate one's curiosity and creativity. The paintings in this show all began with a vision: to embrace the colorful and dramatic beauty of our local landscape. My approach to painting varies greatly, often starting with one particular medium and ending in a mix of many. Redoing the exact scene over and over is a common occurrence. There is seldom an initial sketch drawn onto the canvas or paper. Instead, I just jump in and let the creative process begin, applying color to various section of the painting surface while establishing its composition and values. This is done very quickly, loosely and spontaneously to avoid over-thinking. It allows the freedom to relax and enjoy the unknown. A variety of painting mediums and painting surfaces opens the door for various painting styles to develop. Doing so, keeps painting interesting and challenging as I curiously explore the art of painting. Bev considers herself mostly a self taught artist, having experience in adult education classes and workshops. As a school age child Bev began sketching and learning the primary principles of art. She later progressed to oils, acrylics, pastels, watercolor and alcohol ink. Her work has been in various shows throughout the years. She finds nothing more fun and relaxing than to sit by her easel and “play” with paints. She calls it her “zen”. Bev Lives in Wanakena, NY.

New hours announced: Tuesday and Wednesday 8am-3pm & Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 8am - 7pm. Closed Sunday and Monday. "Yes, we're open! We added a DELI to out cafe and trading post! Daily meat & cheese discounts, veggies, dairy items, bread, specialty foods and gifts, dozens of teas, fishing supplies, local artisan pieces, books. We have two air purifiers, and we have an ONLINE take-out menu if you don't want to come inside. And YES, we still serve beer and wine with your meal!!! www.blackwaterscafe.com 3153094040"  CHECK OUT THEIR TRAIL CAM HERE: gotsnowcams.com - New York - paul@NorthernChateau@.com

WANAKENA HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION – The Walking Tour around Wanakena is OPEN for the warm-weather season! Bottle and can drive outside of the History Center ALL SUMMER/FALL LONG! Get chuggin' and give up those nickels and NO DOG POO BAGS!! The "History Center" is open two hours a week; 12-2pm on Saturdays.

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 - Campus hiking trails are open to the public. Stay away from the buildings, though. CHECK OUT THEIR TRAIL CAM HERE: Webcam | The Ranger School | SUNY ESF

WANAKENA CHURCH – Wanakena Church CLOSED for Fall, Winter and Spring. Service schedule September 12th - May 29, 2022: Star Lake 11:00am. ZOOM meeting # 666 365-4813.

WANAKENA CEMETERY ASSOCIATION – Anyone hear anything else about the cemetery vandalism? Us either. 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.

HAREWOOD –  Tilly's at Stone Manor was open for Ice Cream this summer, we're not sure what's next! Do you? Clifton Community Library OPEN 6 days a week: Mon-Fri 10-2pm also Wed 6-7pm and Saturdays 10-1pm. Cranberry Lake Book Club first Mondays of the month in the pavilion out back. Lakeside General Store is OPEN but not for too much longer! Tooley Pond Duck Decoy Showroom in Cranberry Lake is OPEN!!!!!!! John Dragun NEON ARTWORK and MORE down in Windfall… OPEN!  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! They also got the old church organ put back inside. What ever happened to Grass River Railway? We spoke with someone who’s workin’ on it! They're working on it. NEW Cranberry/Wanakena-based BLOG here: Blog | CRANBERRY B[L]OG (cranberryblog.org). Also, check this old CL website out: http://cranberrylake.com/defaults.asp

OUT WEST - NEW LIMITED HOURS at Community Bank effective the 13th. The old IGA is GONE; we'll miss ya! Make way for a fantastic, brand-spanking-new Dollar Store. NEW hours at the Fitness Room at CFCS: It is OPEN to community members 6pm – 8pm and 5pm - 10pm M-F and weekends 6-10am (paperwork required). Clifton Fine Hospital is HIRING! Clifton Fine Central School is HIRING Bus Drivers, Facilities Maintenance, and many substitute positions! WHAT'S THE SCOOP? Hard and soft serve ice cream on rt. 3 on the right heading up the hill into Star Lake - new hours announced. Jreck Subs OPEN out at the Golf Course Club House. 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!

KIM AND THOMS LOST DOG REPORT - As of today, there are NO lost dogs in Wanakena.

THIS TIME LAST YEAROtto's Abode: WANAKENA WEEKLY #32 - 09/10/20 - 09/16/20 (ottosabode.org)


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