WANAKENA WEEKLY #93 - 11/11/21 - 11/17/21

Happy Thursday!

– Gotta' love the smell of burning trash in the morning! It is garbage day, after all. It's been cold and and snowing. RAINING TOO. Cold enough for it to stick and pile-up and make a little snowman... couple inches or so. Not cold enough for it to last. Soon enough! WW SUBMISSION SECTION BELOW: 2ND STREET BIRD AND CRITTER BUREAU BIRD AND CRITTER REPORT. We hope you enjoy and thank the 2nd Street BCB for their submission. OUTDOOR BATHROOM CLOSED FOR WINTER! Regular deer season has begun: WEAR ORANGE IN THE WOODS! This time last year the newspaper delivery guy left a note saying that there would be no more newspapers. SUPRISE - no more newspapers this winter, too! The difference is: NO NOTE! Just white paper. BORING and UNINFORMATIVE. No news is good news, eh? FULL MOON FRIDAY. Perhaps the local fighter jet pilots read WANAKENA WEEKLY as they did NOT fly around overhead as much this past week as they had been in weeks prior. Cool! Last week we reported LOTS of different waterfowl seen on Cranberry Lake - this week has been the same - quacks and MORE. Windy and rainy, too - Oswegatchie runnin'! County Covid numbers going up up up and away! The Tamaracks are mostly past their golden glow; their needled flutter to the ground! Hikers are still out there! Hikers take extra caution while hiking; roots, rocks and holes are not hiding under the fallen leaves waiting to twist your ankle! Counting down the days until SNOW CROQUET SEASON begins. Snowmobiles and snow birds. Next Regular Town Board Meeting December 8th or 15th @ 6:30. Here’s a link to the most recent town board meeting minutes HERE: Town Of Fine: Minutes: November 10, 2021: November Town Board Meeting [Digital Towpath]

- Critter report will let you know what is in town. Have heard coyotes (coydogs) at night traveling through and yipping to let you know they are around. It’s a strange and weird sound especially when they are in the back yard. Only a couple of bears this summer unlike our usual several. Word is the food was plentiful this past summer in the woods. Spotted a red fox this past summer scampering out of the swamp with a duck for dinner. Have seen a couple of red/gray fox along Route 3. A few deer pass through but not anything as in the past when herds would wander through the streets of town. Our plants and flowers have been safer this year than ever. The resident feral black cat (Blackie) has made his/her home here for the past 4 years and makes the round morning and night for a bowl of crunchies. He/she (not sure - can’t get close enough to look) has been spotted by the neighbor’s bird bath. They keep it warmed this time of year and Blackie warms his feet and gets a drink perched on the edge. Doesn’t seem to bother the birds but the chipmunks are fair game. The Blue Jays, Black-capped Chickadees, Juncos, Red and White-breasted Nuthatches and Gold Finches are starting to make the rounds at the feeders. Last year we had Snow Buntings, Pine Grosbeaks, and Red-breasted Grosbeaks. We have a pair of Cardinals that wintered over last year and have seen them again this year. Anyone spotting something other than above let us know. Photo submitted:

- Around the time of the publication of this issue of Wanakena Weekly #93 the temperature will begin to DROP through the evening and into the weekend: 30s by day 20s by night. Today's rain will turn to snow showers this evening. RAINY sunday night/monday morning. Next week the temperature drop continues: 20s by day at teens by night! Expect cold temps and some snow flurries and most likely some accumulation. 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). Also: Wanakena Tracks - Posts | Facebook and Hiking the trail to yesterday - Home | Facebook Also stay up to date on Snowmobile conditions HERE: St Lawrence County Snowmobile Association - Home | Facebook

- We'll be closed for Thanksgiving; Wed, Thurs, Friday CLOSED.... reopening SATURDAY the 27th. A friendly reminder: The Firewood rack is WRAPPED-UP and out of stock for the winter - sorry! Gift Certificates available! Also, we'd love to snail mail you anything from the shop; tshirts, maps, candy, etc... just give us a call or shoot us an email and we'll figure out the rest! Thanks for your continued support! Come look at the FRESH LOCAL BAKED GOODS we have on the rack - perhaps you'll take one home and EAT IT! Currently on the FRESH PRODUCE rack: Garlic, tomato, green peppers, celery, zucchini, banana, lemons, limes, turnips, salt potatoes, butternut squash, dino kale, acorn squash, red potato, beets, red cabbage, green cabbage, macintosh and empire apples and the following ORGANIC produce from Juniper Hill Farm in Wadhams, NY: romaine, red onion, sweet potato, spinach, red curley kale, savoy cabbage, zester apples, honeynut squash, carrots, and yellow onions. Some upcoming dates to keep in mind: NEW YEARS EVE FESTIVITIES at Otto's Abode - More information to come. Wednesday, 2/2/2022 is GROUNDHOGS DAY and it is also the 104th issue of WANAKENA WEEKLY (two years) therefore we are planning a party - stay tuned. PLAN ON IT: 2022 Whiteout Weekend Festivities in Wanakena Friday night of Presidents Day Weekend. The Friday of Presidents Day Weekend / Whiteout Weekend is Otto's 6TH BIRTHDAY BASH. 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. In the pantry we've got milk, eggs, 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. Also, ice cream, cold drinks, HOT COFFEE, books, maps, postcards, gifts and necessities. NEW TAPE FROM LOCAL MUSICIAN OLA ALDOUS new website here: Claude & Ola (claudeandola.com). 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 (SOON TO BE FROZEN)! Post office next door for all your mailing needs 10-noon M-Sat - thanks, Mary! Wee-Keena Library OPEN 24/7/365 on the porch - take a book leave a book - PLEASE DO NOT "DUMP" a "BUNCH" of unwanted books on us; ask first. When else can we say? LOTS, but we've said enough! CLOSED ON TUESDAYS!

- They'll wrap your presents while you eat; deets on FB. 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 - closed the last two weeks of December and the last two weeks of April." CHECK OUT THEIR TRAIL CAM HERE: gotsnowcams.com - New York - paul@NorthernChateau@.com

WANAKENA HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION – An Adirondack Ecology class from Edward-Knox School visited the WHA History Center couple weeks ago. Woohoo! WHA 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)

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 - Almost Thanksgiving Break!!! 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 PUBLIC BATHROOM AND DOCK - Public Bathroom CLOSED for the season. Public dock CLOSED for the Season. Well, not "closed", rather, moved to it's winter hiatus position down-river. Reason? Freezin'.

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.

– Stumbled upon this old blog post about a drive through Cranberry lake; a TIME WARP, if you will: Windswept Adventure: Cranberry Lake, New York On - - - Well, On Cranberry Lake. If YOU have a boat or trailer behind the Community Center YOU BETTER MOVE IT! Dec 1st is your deadline. OR ELSE... you'll end up like the poorly-parked frog: TOAD. Clifton Community Library says patrons have requested FREE Grab and Go stuff. You ask and shall receive! Library Board holds public meetings the 3rd Tuesdays of each month at 6pm. Library is OPEN Tuesday – Friday 10:00-2:00, Saturday 10:00-1:00, Wednesday Evening 6:00-7:00, ****CLOSED ON MONDAYS****. Cranberry Lake Book Club first Mondays of the month in the basement. Tooley Pond Duck Decoy Showroom in Cranberry Lake is OPEN!!!!!!! John Dragun NEON ARTWORK and MORE down in Windfall… OPEN! 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. Tilly's at Stone Manor was open for Ice Cream this summer, we're not sure what's next! Do you? Doesn't seem like they are going to be open this winter BUT IT LOOKS LIKE THEY ARE GETTING THE OL' NEON SIGN FIXED-UP! Lakeside General Store CLOSED for the season Sept 30th! Oh my! Cranberry Lake North Shore Hub has a new break wall and the public docks are TAKEN OUT OF THE LAKE FOR THE SEASON - THANKS HUBBAS! 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

NEWTON FALLS - Shop Local Christmas Shop, Adirondack Community Church. Saturday December 4th, 10-noon in conjuntion with SOS CF Shop Local Saturday (Dec 4th). Shop, Gift-Wrap, and snacks!

OUT WEST - CF Golf Course Committee Meeting is 19 Nov at 6:30pm, Town of Fine Building - Public Welcome. November PTO Event Sat Nov 20th 10-noon "make a cozy pillow, have a snack, take home a free book" at SOS. SOS held a FREE workshop 11/7 Wine Bottle Painting with Suzie Thaller! Photos HERE: SOS, The Adirondack Exhibit Center - Home | Facebook SOS Shop Local Saturday is December 4th! CF Arena Committee meeting Mon Nov 22nd 6pm at the Arena. COMMUNITY HOLIDAY PARADE Dec 11th - meet at SLFD at 3pm, parade starts at 4, gathering following parade @ SLFD. NEW Book Club Meeting at Coffee Fever past Saturday. Sounds like they will meet every First Saturday of the month at Coffee Fever. Figure Skating Sign-ups NOW! There is certainly other stuff going on; pick-up Turkey Dinners, Senior Citizen Bingo... AND MORE! Twin Lakes Hotel, Coffee Fever, American Legion, Todd Hardware, Adirondack Pharmacy, Jreck Subs (will close this winter), Community Bank and Circle J’s in Star Lake are open! What's The Scoop has CLOSED for the season. 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 - should be built by Thanksgiving. 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). GO EAGLES! 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]

- As of today, there are NO lost dogs in Wanakena.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR - First TOWN OF FINE Covid cases popped-up this time last year, car bridge being built, snow flying, newspapers on the porch stopped this time last year, AND MORE. SEE IT HERE: Otto's Abode: WANAKENA WEEKLY #41 - 11/12/20 - 11/18/20 (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.

"In the far north stands a pine tree, lone, upon a wintery height; it sleeps; around it snows have thrown a covering of white." -Heinrich Heine (1797 - 1856)