WANAKENA WEEKLY #104 - 02/27/22 - 02/02/22

Happy Thursday!

– CARTOON CONTEST.... Get on it, people! Scribble it on a cocktail napkin or SOMETHING. C'mon! Carol Cassidy is giving us a hard time.... DONT LET HER DOWN! In other news... OPPS! We're late this week! And NO Wanakena Weekly last week... WHAT'S GOING ON, PEOPLE?!?! Happy 104th issue of Wanakena Weekly. Each year has 52 weeks making WW #104 our TWO YEAR celebration. How will we celebrate you ask? Well, we were thinking of doing something special, but ya know, life happens. So instead we will coast though issue #140 and announce ANOTHER YEAR OF WANAKENA WEEKLY AHEAD!!!! YIPPEEE!!! We'll keep #104 BRIEF as we are already writing this a day or two late (Friday morning) and there is a fresh 10 inches of snow out there! FRESH powder in the woods will make for great winter wilderness play. Blue Jays and Chickadees and also a couple Grackles. LOTS of deer wonder though town. Snowmobile trails were a bit "boney" but should be improved with this fresh snow. The Town of Fine crew relocated a lot of the large snow piles this past week in preparation for this snow! These relocated snow reserves give Wanakeners locally salted-snow for delicious Margaritas! Cheers! 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: Minutes: January 12, 2022: Organizational, Regular Meeting [Digital Towpath]

- Snow tapers off and rolls in THE COLD for the weekend. Next week seems nice'n'seasonal! Not tooooo cold with a smattering of snow here and there. 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)

- Don't forget...CARTOON CONTEST!!! CARTOON CONTEST.... Get on it, people! Scribble it on a cocktail napkin or SOMETHING. C'mon! Carol Cassidy is giving us a hard time.... DONT LET HER DOWN!  Yes..... how UNPROFESSIONAL of us to be LATE on our SPECIAL 104th issue of Wanakena Weekly. HOW DARE WE!? Anyway, we're back at it. Who even reads this anyway? Snow slid off the Solar Panals the other day. Shout-out to Dave Z. for the BLUE SNOW BANKS last week. AND VERY EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE OUR PRESIDENTS DAY WEEKEND/BIRTHDAY BASH/ICE JAMB-OREE/etc.. PLANS! See flyer below. DONT FORGET ABOUT CARTOON CONTEST! Someone came in for COAL this past week. Luckily Ted Tate was here and he looked at them and firmly stated: "COAL!?!?! I HAVN'T HEARD OF ANYONE BUYING COAL SINCE I WAS FOURTEEN!". Thanks, Ted. A question to the public: If you look at the Bargain Hunter (which you should) may we suggest something to you: TRY ACTUALLY READING IT. 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! 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! 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!

- CARTOON CONTEST.... Get on it, people! Scribble it on a cocktail napkin or SOMETHING. C'mon! Carol Cassidy is giving us a hard time.... DONT LET HER DOWN! ** added note: we forgot to specifically mention you can snail-mail us cartoons, 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 HERE: #6: This one was submitted by reader and Wanakener Resa E., she writes: BLUE SKIES! and wow we couldn't agree more. What an outstanding sight is a crystal-clear blue sky on a FREEZING COLD cloudless day in Wanakena. Thanks for your submission, Resa! #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 - 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 OF THE AIRBNB NEXT DOOR!

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. Will there be a RS Reunion this summer? WE THINK SO! 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 ON THEIR WEBSITE!

WANAKENA ACCOMODATIONS - Wanakena has a number of rentals available. They are all in the ADKbyOWNER/AirBnB/VrVo format. So, you can't just show up in Wanakena and get a roof under your head. You need to plan accordingly. Do an internet search for Wanakena rentals and shit will pop-up. WANAKENA & CRANBERRY LAKE, NY.... no bars and no hotels! Plenty of non-profits and clubs, though. C'mon around and check it out!

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'.

– Almost drove off the road (AGAIN) reading the CLVFD's digital community message board the other day! At least it was a good joke! Snowmobile trails OPEN! Lake Ice is reported to be AT LEAST 12 inches thick AND IS! Cranberry Lake Fire Dept's First Strike FISHING DERBY on Cranberry Lake January 29th. 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.

CRANBERRY LAKE MOUNTAINEERS SNOWMOBILE CLUB - TRAILS OPEN! Thanks, volunteers! 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!!!!! They continue to upgrade our trails with the addition of Rest Stops, improved signage, & extensive trail maintenance. They appreciate your support, and if you haven’t done so, they invite you to join our club! They are moving mountains….one trail at a time!

OUT WEST - 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 - 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 Clifton Fine Arena FACEBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOK.

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.


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 is archived on our website. Wanakena Weekly is brought to you by the folks at Otto's Abode.

"If you are lucky, you will have an opportunity in your life to be owned by a good piece of land" Daniel J. Rice - from Allen's Calendar!