WANAKENA WEEKLY #114 - 04/07/21 - 04/13/21

Happy Thursday!

– Absolutely beautiful! The main part of Cranberry Lake Ice "WENT OUT" this past Saturday. That's right! Spring is HERE! Nice warm days and nights... cold, also! ((obviously)) It snowed on and off ALL DAY Sunday. Sand, sand, everywhere!!!! Holy shit... most folks in Wanakena experienced a VERY powerful sonic boom the other day - shook the plate right out of the dish rack. Buds and flowers poppin' and rockin'! Yellow-bellied sapsuckers and a report of a merlin. Oswegatchie flowing at a good pace; still some hunks and chunks of ice here and there along the riverside. It's spring.... the trails are wet but no black flies YET! A hiker doing the High Falls Loop said he took a dip at the falls! Still some snow out there! Judy Hastings was in the news last week and again this week! This time she found a DUCK all the way down by her place - #662 - it could have been in the river for YEARS! What's the difference between litter and local flair? Also, this years: $5 a duck. NEW Cranberry Library Drop Box installed at Otto's! April 9th was a JOINT Town Board Meeting. Regular Town Board Meeting April 13th @ 6:30 Star Lake. Here’s a link to the most recent town board meeting minutes HERE: Town of Fine: Minutes: April 06, 2022: Joint Town Board Meeting [Digital Towpath]. Spring Fling the 26th. Today's Ice Jam Danger remains LOW.

– A burn ban is in effect from March 16th through May 14th in St. Lawrence County and the rest of the state according to the DEC. Open burning is prohibited in NY, with several exceptions: Campfires less than 3 feet in height and 4 feet in length, width and diameter are allowed; small cooking fires are allowed; fires cannot be left unattended and must be filly extinguished; only charcoal, or clean, untreated or unpainted wood can be burned; Ceremonial or celebratory bonfires are allowed. In towns with a total population less than 20,000 you may burn tree limbs with attached leaves. The limbs must be less than 6 inches in diameter and 8 feet in length (also referred to as brush). However, this is NOT allowed from March 16th – May 14th due to increased risk of wildfire.

KINDNESS IN THE WILDERNESS - Stay off the steep trails when hiking in the woods this spring. Some call it " mud season". WALK THOUGH THE MUDDY PUDDLES and NOT around them. Keep it simple. IMPORTANT: Clomp the mud off your boots BEFORE you leave a wilderness area - as to prevent the spread of invasive species though plant fragment and seeds. Same applies for your watercrafts - clean off mud and plant fragments BEFORE you leave a waterway; "stop aquatic hitchikers!". Practice Leave No Trace principles. Be prepared. All that good stuff. 

FORECAST - Cooling down! 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)

- "The cool temps we had last weekend brought the stream temps down three degrees giving us more time to treat. We did find some larvae with hystoblasts so adults wouldn’t be far behind. It looks like we're in for another cold snap this weekend. Might be an interesting Black fly season." Photos: black fly larvae. Black Fly Report and photos by Clifton-Fine Black Fly Program mastermind Tim Nargi. Read Tim's VERY informative "North Country Black Fly Report" in WW #113 - pass it on! 

- FOLK JAM Easter Sunday April 17th 3-5pm! All abilities and traditions! Spectators welcome. The Cartoon Contest has come down and new art is UP ON THE WALLS. NEW Lean-To oil paintings by Keene, NY's Judy James! The Clifton Community Library in Cranberry Lake has installed a fantastic Library Drop Box. Folks in town will be able to drop-off library items and also pick-up pre-ordered items! More info to come. CALL UP THE LIBRARY AND GET IT DONE! Perhaps visit their website, too. Local BTI guy Tim Nargi brought us down some BLACKFLY larvae - come on down and take a look - he'll also be providing some write-ups (see above) and perhaps some more specimens. Produce rack remains STOCKED. Nearly half of it comes from Juniper Hill Farm, an organic farm on the eastern edge of the Adirondacks. Bread, milk, eggs and many more dry, cold and frozen groceries. Candy, snacks, ice cream and soft drinks, too. HOT COFFEE and baked goods at the counter. Books, maps, music for your browsing pleasure. Camping/fishing/hiking knickknack patty-whacks. Over SIXTY varieties of beer/cider/etc... in the walk-in cooler. Why be a square when you could be a deconstructed cube?

- New Lean-to paintings by Judy James (Keene, NY). On view 04/06/22 - 05/23/22 at Otto's Abode in Wanakena. She will visit and we will host a reception so you can meet the artist! More information to come!

- Open for business six days a week! Thanks, Mary for running the show!

BLACKWATERS CAFÉ AND TRADING POST - "CRUD SEASON" hours: Open Friday and Saturdays 8am - 7pm. www.blackwaterscafe.com - CHECK OUT THEIR TRAIL CAM OF THE AIRBNB NEXT DOOR!

RANGER SCHOOL - The Ranger School is HIRING a food service worker at the Bio Station this summer! Get your ass up to Wanakena and do some work on Cranberry Lake, c'mon! The Ranger School is excited to be hosting an in-person open house on April24. Share the news!!! Registration is required. Will there be a RS Reunion this summer? YES, THERE WILL BE! 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.

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!"

WANAKENACCOMODATIONS - Local cleaning company looking to hire experienced cleaner! Besides that... Lots of primitive camping!!!!!! All free and open to the public!!!!!! Looking for more? Besides Packbasket Adventures Lodge, Wanakena has a number of "vacation" rental homes available. They are all of ADKbyOWNER/AirBnB/VrBo variety. It's someone else's place that YOU stay at. In other words: you can't just show up in Wanakena and expect to get a hotel roof under your head. You need to plan accordingly with your fancy pants smart phone. Do an internet search for Wanakena ADKbyOWNER/AirBnB/VrBo rentals and stuff will pop-up. WELCOME TO WANAKENA & CRANBERRY LAKE, NY.... no bars and no hotels! Also, does anyone have dock space for rent? Asking for a friend.

WANAKENA HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION – "NEW summer hours at the History Center announced SOON." 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. Quilt by Carol Cassidy and Primrose McVay - $5 tickets - drawing on 4th of July.

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.

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 PUBLIC BATHROOM AND DOCK - The Town of Fine took down the BIG NASTY DEAD white pine that has loomed over the beach for the past few years. YAY! Thanks, crew! 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'.

– The Cranberry Lake ICE OUT Contest has ENDED! The ice went out this past Saturday April 9th at 10:31am according to the CLBC Facebook Page. NEW LIBRARY DROP BOX DOWN AT OTTO'S! The 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 North Shore Hub OPEN HOUSE July 24th - stay tuned! 2022 CLBC Schedule of Events: Firecracker - Monday July 4th, 2022, Poker Paddle - Saturday July 23rd, 2022, Community Picnic - July 30th, 2022, Canoe/Kayak Race - Saturday August 13th, 2022, Sailboat Races - TBD. 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. Tooley Pond Duck Decoy Showroom in Cranberry Lake is OPEN! John Dragun NEON ARTWORK and MORE down in Windfall is OPEN! 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. State Campground CLOSED for the season. Snowmobile trails CLOSED FOR THE SEASON! 

LIFEGUARD NEEDED - Summer work opportunity. Lifeguard for Clifton Town Beach at Cranberry Lake. Info for applications. Must call Nancy Russell at 315-848-2369 to get application/paperwork Requirements: at least 16 years of age. American Red Cross CPR and AED certification (renew every 2 years). FALG waterfront skills, also from Red Cross. $13.20 starting wage. Cost of certifications reimbursed after completion of summer work. Beach open from about July 1st to mid - August. Additional questions - Nancy at 315-848-2369 or Julie at 848-3641

- The Post Office (13666) opened March 13th, 1896 in Newton Falls.... Recently The Paper Mill was featured on local public radio: North Country at Work: Running rolls at the Newton Falls Paper Mill | NCPR News (northcountrypublicradio.org)

OUT WEST - Chicken BBQ at the Legion Saturday, May 7th @ noon. Hillside Diner and Coffee Fever BOTH open for business. SOS has MANY free ART events coming up! Stay Tuned at their FACEBOOK. SOS, The Adirondack Exhibit Center - Home | Facebook Bargain Hunter experiencing SUPPLY CHAIN ISSUES and will be forced to print at 8.5 x 11 for the time being. 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! SOS in Star Lake is lookin' good! CF Community Center, too! Still further west within Clifton-Fine, UB’s, and Adirondack Rustics in Oswegatchie are open! 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! CFCSD Fitness Room: 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 open. Alcoholics Anonymous Friday nights at 7pm in the SOS Building. Ice Rink has closed down for the season. Snowmobile trails CLOSED for the season. 

- As of today, there are NO lost dogs in Wanakena. WATCH OUT FOR FLYING DOGS!

THIS TIME LAST YEAR HERE - Otto's Abode: WANAKENA WEEKLY #61 – 04/01/21 - 04/07/21 (ottosabode.org) AND TWO YEARS AGO!!!!! HERE: Otto's Abode: WANAKENA WEEKLY #62 – 04/08/21 - 04/14/21 (ottosabode.org)


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