WANAKENA WEEKLY #87 - 09/30/21 - 10/06/21

Happy Thursday!

– Rain, clouds, rain, clouds, rain. NOW IT'S BEAUTIFUL! Well, the rain was beautiful, too. You know what we mean... just listen to the geese flying by in the sky! Smacked a mosquito-on-wrist yesterday. LOTS of color in those hills! NEAR PEAK LEAF COLORS. Coyote yelpin' good! Hiking trails reported to be in wet, but GOOD condition. Some major beaver activity reported at the outlet to Olmstead Pond... be careful! ENJOY! Columbus Day Weekend quickly approaches. This Saturday from Noon - 2pm is your LAST CHANCE to catch the WHA History Center before it closes for the winter. GO CHECK IT OUT! Did anyone else here that big BOOM the other day? Joint Town Board Meeting October 6th @ 6 (meeting minutes will be posted when available) 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] Budget Workshop from October 5th here: Town Of Fine: Minutes: October 05, 2021: Budget Workshop [Digital Towpath]

- This weekend looks FANTASTIC! Daytime temps up in the 60s, perhaps even 70 here and there. Maybe some rain Tuesday and Wednesday but temperatures remain WARM! 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).

- This weekend is the LAST CHANCE to catch Bev's painting exhibition! This Sunday is OKTOBERFEAST - 1pm bring a dish to pass. NEW CLBC/GREEN GOAT MAPS NAVIGATION MAP OF CRANBERRY LAKE! This map is HOT off the presses. We have moved the produce rack INSIDE for the winter. YES, THAT'S RIGHT! C'mon in and get yer greens, taters, maters 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. Ice cream! 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! CLOSED ON TUESDAYS!

- ONLY ONE WEEKEND 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 – The "History Center" is open two hours a week; 12-2pm on Saturdays. ONLY ONE MORE SATURDAY LEFT (Oct 2nd and 9th). 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!! REPEAT: 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.

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 Also, they are hiring kitchen workers.

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.

HAREWOOD – Cranberry Lake Boat Club's NEW boating navigation Map is OUT TO THE PUBLIC! Pick up your copy at OTTO'S ABODE in WANAKENA for $11.95. Lakeside General Store CLOSED 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 - Clifton-Fine Arena Committee Meeting open to the public Tues, Oct 12th at 6pm. What's The Scoop Ice Cream Stand's LAST DAY OF SEASON is this Friday, October 8th. Twin Lakes Hotel, Coffee Fever, American Legion, Todd Hardware, Adirondack Pharmacy, Community Bank and Circle J’s in Star Lake are open! UB’s, and Adirondack Rustics, Hillside Diner in Oswegatchie are open! 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. Alcoholics Anonymous Friday nights at 7pm in the SOS Building.

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

THIS TIME LAST YEAR - Otto's Abode: WANAKENA WEEKLY #35 - 10/01/20 - 10/07/20 (ottosabode.org)


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"Now, methinks, the autumnal tints are brightest in out streets and in the woods generally. Stand where half a dozen large elms droop over a house. It is as if you stood within a ripe pumpkin rind, you feel as mellow as you were the pulp!"
- H.D. Thoreau (Oct 6th, 1858)