WANAKENA WEEKLY #88 - 10/07/21 - 10/13/21

Happy Thursday!

WITHINANUTSHELL – Listen to those leaves crunch below your feet. Yes, that's right we've PEAKED and are past peak fall foliage. Everyone had their qualms: "ooohhhh, the yellows didn't pop" "oohhh the reds didn't pop" "oooohhh the pop pop pop" "pop pop pop pop poppity pop".... we've heard it all, but all-in-all it was downright freaking gorgeous. KAPEASH!? This past Saturday was your last chance to see the NEW Wanakena History Center. 'Suppose you'll have to wait until NEXT YEAR! Ya snooze ya loose, suckers!!!!! This past Saturday was also OKTOBERFEAST! A great crowd and great food. Thanks everyone for making it such a GREAT time! Crowded (but not TOO crowded) trails reported over the weekend and though the beginning of the week. Take extra caution while hiking; roots, rocks and holes are not hiding under the fallen leaves waiting to twist your ankle! ENJOY! WEAR ORANGE.... hunting season has already begun. Regular Deer season starts October 23rd. Regular Town Board Meeting October 13th @ 6:30. Budget Workshop from October 5th here: Town Of Fine: Minutes: October 05, 2021: Budget Workshop [Digital Towpath] Joint Town Board Meeting Minutes from 10/6 here: Town Of Fine: Meetings: October 06, 2021: Fall Joint Town Board Meeting [Digital Towpath] 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]

- RAINY weekend ahead. Looks WARM heading right through the week. Might dip down into the 30s sunday and monday night, but bouncing right back up into nect week. 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).

- Town of Clifton - St. Lawrence County - Wilderness Rescue: On Oct. 7 at 2 p.m., DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from the wife of a sick kayaker on Cranberry Lake. The caller reported that her husband was suffering from the effects of possible food poisoning. Director Solan and Forest Ranger Benzel responded via boat. At 3:12 p.m., Director Solan and Ranger Benzel assisted the 61-year-old from Long Island with his belongings and gave him and his companions a courtesy ride off the water and back to their vehicle. At 4:14 p.m., the group was back at the dock where Rangers rehydrated the kayaker. 

- Long story short: THE SIGN IS UP! Yes, that's right! The giant, unbelievably heavy sawblade that adorns any visitor to downtown Wanakena is now a GIANT Cranberry Lake 50 trail marker. Have a look for yourself. We've heard 2022 will be twenty years for Five Ponds Partners. Thanks to Jeff at Blackwaters and his Green Machine for lifting the heavy load! NO ONE WAS HURT! Great news. Enjoy, everyone.

- Greetings, folks! Well, we're collectively leaping into the Post-Columbus Day Weekend VOID. Join us as we enter the void. THANKS FOR SUPPORTING OTTO'S ABODE ALL-YEAR-LONG! Your purchases here at the shop keep us going. You've heard of "listerner supported radio", well we're a "customer-supported PLACE". Lets keep it going! OPEN ALL YEAR! Bev McKeown's BEAUTFUL exhibition of landscape paintings has been taken down off the wall. What's next you ask?!? Well, as much fun as it is to hang other people's art on the wall, it is also fun to "hang our own". So while the average Joe or Jane Schmo will come in and ask: "where's the art"... we'll politely explain that we've got more gosh-darn art on the walls (and cellings) then just about anywhere around, dangit! Did you know there are over SIXTY varieties of beer/cider/seltzer in the walk-in cooler?!?! GULP! NEW CLBC/GREEN GOAT MAPS NAVIGATION MAP OF CRANBERRY LAKE! This map is HOT off the presses and available for purchase here at Otto's Abode. FRESH PRODUCE in Otto's Abode ALL WINTER LONG! Come get the fresh stuff. 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. 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!

- 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 Walking Tour around Wanakena is CLOSED for the cold-weather season! The History Center is CLOSED for the cold-weather season! WHA Picture Kiosks can still be seen around town, though.

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 – NEW hours at Clifton Community Library started 10/11 Tuesday – Friday 10:00-2:00, Saturday 10:00-1:00, Wednesday Evening 6:00-7:00, ****CLOSED ON MONDAYS****. 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! 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 - A few Fall Workshops at SOS! Stay tuned for more information or read about it in this week's BH! What's The Scoop has CLOSED for the season. Twin Lakes Hotel, Coffee Fever, American Legion, Todd Hardware, Adirondack Pharmacy, Jreck Subs, Community Bank and Circle J’s in Star Lake are open! Alcoholics Anonymous Friday nights at 7pm in the SOS Building. Mountain Gate Redemption near Benson Mines is open. UB’s, and Adirondack Rustics, Hillside Diner in Oswegatchie are open! 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).

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 #36 - 10/08/20 - 10/14/20 


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