WANAKENA WEEKLY #86 - 09/23/21 - 09/29/21

Happy Thursday!

– Holy crap... this past weekend was freaking gorgeous! After that it's been nice and cool! Rainy, too. Down into the 30s by night! Kevin the Mailman retired this past Saturday, thanks for all the deliveries Kevin, see you around! New guy seems cool - WOOF! Wanakena's own Jack Williams has organized an invasive species take out in ZPARK tomorrow Friday at 10am. FREE... show up and LEARN. More info below. The Historical Association has taken town the Walking Tour flip-page displays - must me that time of year. History Center still open for TWO more Saturdays noon-2pm. Bev saw a BULL MOOSE out near the cemetery last weekend! "Leaf-peepers" are really a "thing"... they are out and about. And rightfully so: the leaves are LOOKIN' GOOD! Color in those hills! Coyote yelpin' good! Hiking trails reported to be in GOOD condition. Beaver activity up in-between High Rock and High Falls STILL WET - and will be for years to come; get used to it! PROFESSIONAL trail maintenance crew doing some serious trail work out around Olmstead Pond. Swimmers report: water's COLD! ENJOY! Joint Town Board Meeting October 6th @ 6 and Regular Meeting October 13th @ 6:30 - both meetings at Town Of Fine Building in Star Lake. 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]

- Looks like a RAINY weekend. Nighttime temps will go up into the 50s, though! Next week is looking warmer with daytime temps up in the 60s. NYS says our fall foliage is nearing peak! Looks pretty good to us! 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) Lots of updates on the CliftonFineADK website these days, too: Clifton-Fine Community News & Events (cliftonfineadk.com).

- Clifton Community Center Pavilion in Cranberry Lake, NY - Join us for an in-person, outdoor networking opportunity! The St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce and the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency are hosting the next “Nature & Networking" event at the Clifton Community Center Pavilion (behind the Clifton Community Library) in Cranberry Lake at 4:30pm on Wednesday, October 6th! At 4:30, attendees who wish to, may join a small group 'walk & talk.' Others are welcome to stay behind at the Pavilion. The Networking Program will then begin at 5:00, focusing on employee recruitment and retention and workforce issues. Business leaders will be able to share thoughts in an open discussion. Door prizes or gift certificates are welcome! Don't forget to bring your business cards for networking! Door prizes, Appetizers, and a Cash Bar will be provided! A $5 Fee (cash or check) is requested at the door. Questions? Contact STLC Laura Pearson at Laura@SLCChamber.org or call (315) 393-3620. Here's a shot of the TALLEST mountain in the county (MATUMBLA!):

- Settling into new/adjusted "winter" hours. CLOSED ON TUESDAYS! You may notice... the BIG TENT is still UP! It's been up ALL summer! And should remain up though next weekend's Oktoberfeast Celebration. When's that? ON THE WALL: 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! Martin's Pretzel's pretzel fairy visited the shop! Bags of Red on the rack! NEW AND IMPROVED Wee-Keena Library movie/music shelf, check it out. The front porch is PACKED with produce. Butternut squash, Macintosh apples, sweet potatoes AND MORE! Delivery arrives Wednesday afternoon and we keep it stocked all week. Don't forget about the baked goods! LOCAL eggs, bread 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!

- ONLY A COUPLE WEEKS LEFT ON VIEW! 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.

- Open: 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 –  Is it that time of year already!?!?! The Walking Tour around Wanakena is CLOSED for the cold-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. ONLY TWO MORE SATURDAYS LEFT (Oct 2nd and 9th)

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! Faculty! Staff! Ranger School Class of 2022 is IN SESSION! 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 – 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.

– Lakeside General Store CLOSES for the season Sept 30th! Oh my! NEW hours at Clifton Community Library start 10/11 and are still OPEN 6 days a week: Mon-Fri 10-2pm also Wed 6-7pm and Saturdays 10-1pm. Tilly's at Stone Manor was open for Ice Cream this summer, we're not sure what's next! Do you? Cranberry Lake Book Club first Mondays of the month in the pavilion out back. 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 - 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 - Friday, Saturday, Sunday 4-8pm with PUMPKINS for sale. Jreck Subs OPEN out at the Golf Course Club House with a BUTT-LOAD of coupons in the Bargain Hunter. New limited hours at Community Bank in Star Lake 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). 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. THERE IS A LOST CAT, THOUGH! Below is a photo of the flyer hanging out front of Otto's Abode/Wanakena. Also a photo of Jack William's Knotweed Roundup which will be held this Friday in Wanakena.

Otto's Abode: WANAKENA WEEKLY #34 - 09/24/20 - 09/30/20 (ottosabode.org)


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"One of those delicious autumnal days when the air, the sky, and the earth seem lulled into a universal calm, softer and milder even than May. We sallied forth for a walk."
Mary Russel Mitford