WANAKENA WEEKLY #102 - 01/13/22 - 01/19/21

Happy Thursday!

Otto's Abode will have some sporadic hours over the next couple weeks or so. Be prepared! This weekend we will close at 5pm instead of 7pm. Next week's hours will be affected as well - sorry about that! Don't hesitate to give us a call. Last week was COLD! Like below freezing high temp and -20 for a couple nights kinda cold. WONDERFUL clear skies to see the FULL MOON! Trees POP and CRACK all around. Sky blue skies... blue, clear and COLD! Snowmobilers said riding the lake was WOW! The mighty Oswegatchie is pretty frozen over down here near the village, which is a tall-tell sign of the time of season; hushed-up rapids. This past Sunday/Monday/Tuesday's "STORM" was perhaps not as much as it was cracked up to be, but still, Wanakena received about TEN inches of the white fluffy stuff when it was all said and done. Got another few inches Wednesday morning. Temperatures remain COLD! Same as we move through the weekend and into next week. WINTER IS HERE! BIG buck spotted around Wanakena Village. Down here by Otto's, up by Blackwaters Cafe and over by Packbasket Lodge; this guy gets around! BOO! Trails out into the wilderness are ready for skiing and snowshoeing! Snowshoes and/or skis are NOT required to enter the wilderness and/or use wilderness trails... but it is wise not to disturb (on other words: screw-up) xc ski and/or snowshoe tracks. Snowmobile trails are officially OPEN thanks to the snowstorm and local volunteers! They are seeing MOOSE out there. Want to see a MOOSE? BOBCAT? Get a snowmobile, dummy! Ranger School is BACK IN SESSION for the Spring semester. Grouse and Turkey up there. ONLY ***1*** WANAKENA WEEKLYS LEFT UNTIL WW #104 (that would be TWO years’ worth of WANAKENA WEEKLY) Next Regular Town Board Meeting Feb 10th @ 6:30 Star Lake. Was there a January Board Meeting? 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] Local COVID info HERE: COVID-19 Daily Update Center | St. Lawrence County (stlawco.org)

- No major snow events in the 10 day forecast. But, it's going to be a COLD this weekend and will continue to be cold though 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)

- Otto's Abode will have some sporadic hours over the next couple weeks or so. This weekend we will close at 5pm instead of 7pm. Next week's hours will be affected as well - sorry about that! Don't hesitate to give us a call. Thanks to an INTREPID and observant junior-artist Otto's Abode visitor, we now know that Smarties Candies have exactly FIFTEEN individual smarties wrapped in plastic - this is in DIRECT correlation to amount of US currency needed to purchase this counter candy: you guessed it... FIFTEEN CENTS. Thanks, kid! See you around! LIONS CLUB is collecting PLASTIC! Yes, that's right: PLASTIC. Plastic trash, specifically. Plastic bags, plastic film, plastic wrap; stuff like that. Cartoon Contest Announced via Bargain Hunter! More info below. 2022 Lunar Calendars are FINALLY HERE! We're thinking ahead and looking to do a 3-5pm "THIRD SUNDAY FOLK JAM SESSION" down here at Otto's Abode - Stay tuned for more information. We're also cooking-up a Saturday NOON outdoor Roust, Feb 19th, more info to come as well. Produce rack STOCKED! FRESH MARTINS' PRETZELS! FARM FRESH eggs from Wintonbury Farms! $3.59 a dozen. Wintonbury Farm is where we get shiitakes in the warmer months. Over SIXTY varieties of beer, cider, seltzers, etc... in the walk-in cooler. Bread, milk, cheese and many more grocery offerings HERE and NOW! Also: Wednesday 2/2/2022 is GROUNDHOG DAY and it is also the 104th edition of WANAKENA WEEKLY (#104 = two years). ALSO PLAN ON IT: Otto's 6TH BIRTHDAY BASH Friday night of 2022 Whiteout Weekend Festivities in Wanakena; Friday night of Presidents Day Weekend. WE'RE CLOSED ON TUESDAYS!

- Two POP-UP Exhibits: ONE OF A KIND QUILT made by Wanakena's own Primrose McVay and Carol Cassidy. $5 raffle tickets WHA Fund Raiser for chance to WIN IT! Drawing is Fourth of July. Also on view: WHATSYERPACKWEIGH. JUNK DRAWER also remains on view. Lots more to look at and think about, too - c'mon down! Otto's Abode is ALWAYS looking for new exhibitions to exhibit... give us a shout!

- **added note: we forgot to spcifically mention you can snail-mail us cartooons, too. ** Attention all Earthly inhabitants of Deep Winter! Otto's Abode invites YOU to submit your original cartoon to our FIRST ANNUAL CARTOON CONTEST AND EXHIBITION. ----- The other day while mindlessly thumbing through social media, wasting away precious minutes of my short time here on earth, the following inspirational-meme-quote appeared: "Make decisions as if you were on your deathbed.". A couple of days later the surficial "you only live once" interpretation was challenged by a pot of coffee. You see, there was an old, unfinished pot of coffee perched and warming on the machine. It had been there since morning and had cooked down to a dark, burnt-smelling mud. Recalling the meme, I wondered: If I were on my death bed, what I would do? Would I dump-out the coffee-sludge for a new pot and live-up my last moments on earth with fresh coffee or would I poetically drink the old, toasty coffee soup? Had I been on my death bed in that moment perhaps I would embrace the undesired brew and gulp it down deep into my decaying physical form. Considering the fact that I was not on my literal death bed I dumped it and made a new pot. This existential conundrum seemed to me as well-suited for exploring though the cartoon-form. ----- Otto's Abode wants YOU to ponder your existence and translate it into the cartoon form. One panel, two, maybe three? Funny, deep, dull, political; black and white, full-color, photo-realistic, scribbled stick-figures, etc... ALL CARTOONS WELCOME! No prior cartoon-creating experience needed. ----- Otto's Abode MUST receive your original cartoon - dropped-off in-person or digitally emailed image file (we'll print it) - on or before Wednesday, February 16th. The collection of cartoons will remain displayed ON VIEW on the gallery wall of Otto's Abode for all to see from February 18th - March 28th. We will hang them simply with thumbtacks, tape or other hanging method of your choice. ----- Voting occurs in-person during regular operational hours of Otto's Abode February 18th - March 14th. Winners announced Wednesday, March 16th. CASH PRIZES awarded for "Funniest Cartoon", "Best Cartoon", and "Best Artwork". Winning cartoons will also be published in Clifton-Fine's Bargain Hunter the week of Tuesday, March 22nd. ----- Otto's Abode requests a $5 - $15 sliding scale entry fee for exhibition/contest participants. Noone will be turned away for lack of funds! Otto's Abode asks that the cartoons be no larger than 10" x 10". One cartoon entry per participant please. Otto's Abode reserves the right to reject any cartoons we deem too vulgar and/or inappropriate. Any questions, comments or concerns can be directed to otto@ottosabode.org or 3158483008 or in person at Otto's Abode, 6 Hamele Street, Wanakena, NY 136965. ----- Get thinking! Get writing! Get drawing! Tell a friend or few! Otto's Abode wants to see YOUR original cartoon here on the gallery wall!

- All summer long we get asked questions like: "Are you from here?" and a whole lot of: "What's winter like?" So, in celebration of WINTER we're going to try and compile a list of WHAT'S WINTER LIKE? comments. #5: SONICALLY ALIVE WHEN ALL IS STILL! - Wow, the other night it was inching towards 20 below (which the old timers laugh at) and the moon was full. The village was SILENT. And then you hear it... POP.... CRACK.... silence... POP! The trees let you know. Sometimes durring the day a pop will awaken chilly birds hiding in trees... they all go "meeeep!". The still silence of the night. Under your feet... *crunch crunch crunch*... stop... silence... POP! WOW! WE'RE TRYING TO GET SOME SLEEP AROUND HERE!!!!! POP! #4: We'll share a recent thought-provoking headline below instead... #3: Lively! Wow! What a fun weekend seeing everyone! Quiet is nice, too. But great party! Thanks for coming out, everyone! Happy New Year! #2: Sounds different... YES it SOUNDS different. One MAJOR sound difference is the earthy "DUNK" a croquet wicket makes when it's frozen solid in the ground. #1: COLD. Yes, it's COLD. 3 degrees this morning. There, got that one out of the way.

- Open for business! Thanks, Mary for running the show!

BLACKWATERS CAFÉ AND TRADING POST - Three AirBnBs next door in the ol' Pinecone Motel building listed here on BW's website (looks like a three-night minimum....): New owners next door! Legacy HomeStays (next door rooms rentable through Air BNB – 3 units, completely renovated! Click links below) – Black Waters Cafe (wordpress.com) Regular hours: Tuesday and Wednesday 8am-3pm & Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 8am - 7pm. Closed Sunday and Monday. "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

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 BACK FROM VACATION. A number of them stopped into Otto's this week after snow shoeing up the frozen river during an afternoon-off. Will there be a RS Reunion this summer? WE THINK SO! Student from class of 2021 in the new Adirondack Explorer. A Video as well, HERE: Tamara Jolly - YouTube. 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! Campus hiking trails remain open to the public. Stay away from the buildings, though. Class of 2022 is IN SESSION! CHECK OUT THEIR TRAIL CAM HERE: Webcam | The Ranger School | SUNY ESF

WANAKENA HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION – QUILT RAFFLE Fund-Raiser down here at Otto's! Quilt by Carol Cassidy and Primrose McVay - $5 tickets - drawing on 4th of July. 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.

WANAKENA CEMETERY ASSOCIATION – Under a blanket of snow. 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.

WANAKENA HISTORICAL 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 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'.

– Snowmobile trails OPEN! Ice is reported to be 12 inches thick. Cranberry Lake Fire Dept's First Strike FISHING DERBY on Cranberry Lake January 29th - sign-up here: Cranberry Lake Fire Department (profishingtournaments.com) 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! Tilly's Stone Manor is CLOSED for the winter BUT IT LOOKS LIKE THEY ARE GETTING THE OL' NEON SIGN FIXED-UP! Lakeside General Store CLOSED for the season.

- TRAILS OPEN! Thanks, voulenteers! Locally produced Northern Adirondacks/Southern St. Lawrence County trail map is OUT to the public. WE HAVE THE NEW MAP HERE AT OTTO'S! They also recently featured Otto's Abode on their Facebook Page - thanks!!!!! Get the latest HERE: Cranberry Lake Mountaineers Snowmobile Club - Home | Facebook We continue to upgrade our trails with the addition of Rest Stops, improved signage, & extensive trail maintenance. We appreciate your support, and if you haven’t done so, we invite you to join our club! We are moving mountains….one trail at a time!

- Ice Rink hours listed below!! Snowmobile trails OPEN! Now that snowmobile trails are open The American Legion has food on the weekends - open to the public! Coffee Fever CLOSED for a month starting this past Monday the 10th. Wanakena's closest neighbor, Mountain Gate Redemption near Benson Mines, is open. A little further west Twin Lakes Hotel, American Legion, Todd Hardware, Adirondack Pharmacy, Dollar General and Circle J’s in Star Lake are open! Still further west within Clifton-Fine, UB’s, and Adirondack Rustics in Oswegatchie are open! Hillside Diner CLOSING for winter.... will re-open someone in March 2022. Community Bank has different/random hours. What's The Scoop has CLOSED for the season. Golf Course and Jreck's too. They'll be back! CFEDC Fitness Room: TEMPORARILY CLOSED OPEN to community members 6pm – 8pm and 5pm - 10pm M-F and weekends 6-10am (paperwork required). GO EAGLES! Also, the school is ALWAYS hiring, various positions. Clifton Fine Hospital in Star Lake is rockin' and rollin'! Alcoholics Anonymous Friday nights at 7pm in the SOS Building.

- Clifton-Fine Arena Committee is happy to announce the CF Arena Schedule for 2022. OPENING Friday, January 14th. OPEN SKATE Friday + Saturday 6-8pm!!! Must wear a mask while you skate. NO SNACK BAR!!!! Figure Skating MONDAYS and THURSDAYS 5-9pm, Ranger School Private Session TUESDAY 8-9 and SUNDAY 8:30-9:30, CLOSED SUNDAY AND WEDNESDAY. More info on FACEBOOOOOOOK: Clifton-Fine Arena | Facebook

STAR LAKE FIRE DEPARTMENT - Dear Residents and Supporters, First and foremost, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support over the years and ask for some additional support. For those that may not be aware, on November 27, 2001, our fire station burned to the ground causing us to lose almost all our equipment at that time. Since that time we have replaced, upgraded as well as expanded the lost equipment that we use during an emergency response. Initially the focus was put on replacing the building and the safety equipment then came the time for upgrades and expansion to meet the ever-changing needs of the fire service. One area that has not yet been replaced is our Class A or dress uniforms. There are only a few remaining as the majority of them were lost during the fire. Those that remain are in excess of 20 years old. The decision has been made that it is time to replace the Class A uniforms, putting the last piece back together. These uniforms obviously are not used during emergency situations hence the reason they haven’t been at the top of the priority list. Class A’s are worn during special occasions such as parades, banquets and in the unfortunate times of a funeral/memorial service. Some of you may have seen firsthand that the lack of these uniforms has not hindered our participation in these special functions. Our department simply does what they do well: Think outside the box and adapt and overcome. We feel that purchasing the Class A uniforms demonstrates an investment in people who serve, protect and respond when we place a call for assistance. Our community is one of the best around when it comes to showing support for our members. This is why we are asking you to join us in supporting our members by considering a donation to help offset some of the cost associated with the purchase of the new Class A uniforms. Donations marked “Uniforms” may be sent to: Star Lake Fire Department, PO Box 22, Star Lake, NY 13690. Sincerely, Star Lake Fire District Commissioners, Star Lake Fire and Rescue Officers.

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

- Otto's Abode: WANAKENA WEEKLY #50 - 01/14/21 - 01/20/21 (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.

"We have decided not to die." Arakawa/Gins

ONLY ***1*** WANAKENA WEEKLYS LEFT UNTIL WW #104 (that would be TWO years’ worth of WANAKENA WEEKLY)