WANAKENA WEEKLY # 96 - 12/2/21 - 12/8/21

Happy Thursday!

– Wanakeners woke to a few fresh inches of the white stuff. Beautiful and sunny, too. Been COLD the past few days! After the recent RAIN/WIND/THAW we lost A LOT of snow. The forest still has snow in it and the Oswegatchie is frozen below The Footbridge but LOTS of puddles and running water in the woods. Also, the Oswegatchie ABOVE Wanakena is RIPPIN'! Lots of deer footprints in the snow around town. Lots of little critter prints in the woods. Also: NO MORE DETOUR: The bridge in DeGrasse between Tooley Pond Rd and Lake George Road on County Rt 27 is back open per County Highway. ONLY ***7*** WANAKENA WEEKLYS LEFT UNTIL WW #104 (that would be TWO years’ worth of WANAKENA WEEKLY) Next Regular Town Board Meeting January 12th @ 6:30. Here’s a link to the most recent town board meeting minutes HERE: Town Of Fine: Meetings: December 08, 2021: Town Board Meeting [Digital Towpath]

- Starting NOW it will get warmer and warmer through the weekend. Looks like RAIN Saturday, too. YUCK! This could REALLY wipe all of our snow out. And if this weekend doesn't do it ALL of next week's daytime temps are ABOVE FREEZING. 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)

- OUCH! The Snow Croquet Course took a HIT! We'll harvest some more snow in the mounds in preparation for this weekend's WARM/RAIN. La Nina? MARTIN'S PRETZELS ARE BACK!!! Bakery bounces back after business fire | Business | nny360.com 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! FRESH PRODUCE IS HERE. Our houseplants are WATERED and ALIVE! 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. 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!

Two POP-UP Exhibits: ONE OF A KIND QUILT made by Wanakena's own Primrose McVay and Carrol Cassidy. $5 raffle tickets to WIN IT! Drawing is Fourth of July. Also on view: WHATSYERPACKWEIGH. JUNK DRAWER also remains on view. Lots more too look at - c'mon down!

- They'll wrap your presents while you eat; deets on FB. OPEN HOURS: 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 – QUILT RAFFLE! 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 - NEW Ranger School video on YouTube HERE: The Ranger School - YouTube OH NO! THEY FORGOT TO MENTION THE WALK-IN BEER COOLER DOWN AT OTTO'S! 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 its 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.

– New article featuring the Wooden Fish Hatehery! Check it out here: Fish in a Barrel - Adirondack Explorer Clifton Community Library in Cranberry Lake is OPEN Tuesday – Friday 10:00-2:00, Saturday 10:00-1:00, Wednesday Evening 6:00-7:00, ****CLOSED ON MONDAYS****. Library Board holds public meetings the 3rd Tuesdays of each month at 6pm. 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. 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.  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! What ever happened to Grass River Railway? We spoke with someone who’s workin’ on it! They're working on it.

NEWTON FALLS - This PAST Saturday was the Shop Local Christmas Shop at the Adirondack Community Church. This PAST Saturday December 4th, 10-noon in conjunction with SOS CF Shop Local Saturday (Dec 4th). Shop, Gift-Wrap, and snacks! Santa was there at Newton Falls Fire Hall on the 4th also at 5pm!

OUT WEST - PARTY this Saturday at the American Legion featuring LIVE MUSIC and MORE starts at 7pm. Big news out of Star Lake; front page of Bargain Hunter two weeks in a row: In Star Lake, a radiant devotion to a cause as old church gets new life | Faith Perspectives | nny360.com  SOS/Adirondack Exhibit Center/The Old Schoolhouse organized the 4th annual Clifton Fine Shop Local this past Saturday, December 4th! It was spectacular! THANK YOU SOS!!! Fine Fire Hall Dec 12th 2-5 Sleigh Rides with SANTA. Green Pinky Farm has Christmas Trees and Wreaths and Kissing Balls! COMMUNITY HOLIDAY PARADE Dec 11th - meet at SLFD at 3pm, parade starts at 4, gathering following parade @ SLFD. Mountain Gate Redemption near Benson Mines is open. UB’s, and Adirondack Rustics, Hillside Diner in Oswegatchie are open! Twin Lakes Hotel, Coffee Fever, American Legion, Todd Hardware, Adirondack Pharmacy and Circle J’s in Star Lake are open! Alcoholics Anonymous Friday nights at 7pm in the SOS Building. Community Bank has different/random hours. What's The Scoop has CLOSED for the season.  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). GO EAGLES!

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

SECOND STREET BIRD AND CRITTER BUREAU - 11/27/21 - Critter report will let you know what is in town. Slow critter week, with the exception of the gray and red squirrels and a black squirrel has arrived. Resident black cat looks fatter with a beautiful thick coat. It will be his 4th winter. No report of coyotes (coydogs) this week. Have had the female and male Cardinals at the feeders for 4 days in a row. The female likes the flat hanging feeder while the male keeps watch on the deck railing. He prefers the seeds on the deck floor. The female is pretty. But the male is outstanding. The flash of red gives an immediate announcement that he is here. They are both very skittish but managed to get a pic of the male. Bernie and Val Carr presented me with a tub of Bird Butter. I filled 3 small cups and put them in the flat feeder. The Chickadee's love it! Thanksgiving Day the birds were heavy feeding – guess they knew that snow was coming. It’s here. Nuthatches, Blue Jays and Gold Finches round out the usual. They all seem to be happy!


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