WANAKENA WEEKLY #90 - 10/21/21 - 10/27/21

Happy Thursday!

– Sorry we missed you last week, folks! Regular deer season has begun: WEAR ORANGE IN THE WOODS! The Oswegatchie is RIPPIN! All that rain... Did you see that FULL MOON!? Had our FIRST FROST this past sunday morning. A very late frost indeed. Got down to 26 degrees. WIND AND RAIN earlier this week - nothing too crazy, though. Folks have got them selves some deer! The Tamaracks are turning! The Newspaper delivery guy us STILL stocking the newspaper machine out front - last year it ended for the winter sometime aroun this time of year. Brian Dolan dropped of a printed-copy of the 2022 TOWN OF FINE Budget - stop-into Otto's to check it out. HOOT HOOT owls in the night! Weather has been nice, no bugs (well, there are bugs - flying ones even! - but they dont BITE!), warm days, cool nights: Hikers still out there! Flooded outlet to Olmstead Pond. Take extra caution while hiking; roots, rocks and holes are not hiding under the fallen leaves waiting to twist your ankle! 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: October 13, 2021: Town Board Meeting [Digital Towpath]

- Friday looks NICE! Warm weekend ahead in the 50s! Showers for Halloween! Showery weekend overall. Might be some snow mid next week. ELECTION DAY TUESDAY! They speak of SNOW next 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).

- Wanakena, NY was recently featured on the internet. St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce contacted us via email seeing if we had any nice fall photos of Wanakena. We sent them some photos and also mentioned there is NEW CL50 sign in Wanakena. SO, they did NOT use any of our cute fall foliage photos but DID use the photo of the sawblade and thus seized an opportunity to further celebrate the CL50 as a regional Chamber-of-commerce-worthy success story! Also, stay tuned on this endeavor: ADK reaches deal to purchase Cascade Ski Center - Adirondack Explorer As proprietors of a year-round information center, we certainly are (staying tuned)!

- We recently learned of this recently written article about Wanakena, NY: Exploring Cranberry Lake - - The Adirondack Almanack The article speaks highly of Wanakena as a place to go to escape the crowds and also mentions Otto's Abode: "There is commerce in Wanakena, in the form of Otto’s Abode, part art gallery, part coffee shop, part farmers market, were if you are unfamiliar with hiking in this neck of the woods, you can pick up a couple of William Hall guidebooks, which augment trail descriptions with the history that surrounds them." When he says "William Hall" he means William HILL (with an I). Yes, we sell Bill's info-packed books here in the shop. And YES Wanakena and Cranberry Lake are quieter than Lake Placid, etc.... BUT DONT TELL PEOPLE THAT! Also, don't forget about Blackwaters! Otto's and Blackwaters Cafe and Clifton Library keeping the lights on for Cranberry lake!

- No music events lined up at the moment. This time last year there was a ROUST (which wound up being relocated to the Cranberry Lake Pavillion due to weather. There has been chatter about ROUSTING but nothing seems to be actualizing at the moment. We are currently in-between art exhibitions - WHICH IS GREAT! It is very refreshing to have the gallery space open and flexible. Stop-in to see what we're working on! The Gazebo is WRAPPED-UP! The Firewood rack is WRAPPED-UP! The Garden is FROST BIT! All is well! 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 for $11.95. Fresh produce, milk, eggs, bread, dry good groceries in cans, dry good groceries in boxes, dry good groceries in bags, groceries in the freezer, local cheeses, snack sacks, candy racks and more. Ice cream! Cold drinks, HOT COFFEE. Books, maps, postcards, 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 – Donation Jar down here at Otto's! The bottle and can cart is GONE for the winter. 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. Intriguing artifact at Station #4 (photo below)

– 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 - Hiring kitchen staff! In other news: Students! Faculty! Staff! Ranger School Class of 2022 is IN SESSION! Campus hiking trails remain 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. 

– 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 - Halloween PARTY at the American Legion Saturday 8-mdnight! A few Fall Workshops at SOS SOON! Figure Skating Sign-ups NOW! Holiday Elves Angel Trees will be popping-up soon! 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 #38 - 10/22/20 - 10/28/20 (ottosabode.org)


Any questions, comments, concerns, trail condition inquiries, legends, jokes, animal sightings, cartoons, etc… Feel free to email otto@ottosabode.org or call 3158483008 or pop-in the shop! Also, we probably wouldn’t turn down the opportunity to publish your submission! Write “submission” in the subject line if emailing! Wanakena Weekly archive here: http://www.ottosabode.org/p/wanakena-weekly.html Wanakena Weekly is brought to you by the folks at Otto's Abode.

"To make a lemon pie out of turnip: Take a turnip and pare boil it, add a teaspoonful of tartaric acid and a cup of sugar, season and bake as an apple pie." - The American Farmer (Oct. 1860)