WANAKENA WEEKLY # 119 - 05/12/22 - 05/18/22

Happy Thursday!

– Burn ban is OVER and we got RAIN... burn that brush if you if you got em! Thunder and lightning along with the rain this past week. Black flies are OUT and BITING. Ticks, too... we hear. Anyone catch that full moon lunar eclipse the other night? Coyote and fox scamper about. Ranger School graduation last Saturday. SEE YA! White trillium EXPLOSION up Crackerbox Road and Painted Trillium speckled here in Wanakena. WHERE'D ALL THESE DANDILONS COME FROM!?!?! Yes, it is true: CONFIRMED bittern at The Setback. "Sound like a sink drain clearing out or something." There seems to be a real need for boat taxis on Cranberry Lake. Anyone? Tiny Chipping sparrow nest by the back door. Hiker at Dead Creek Flow reports lots of fishing boats. Trails are reported to be in fine shape with some occasional blowdown... with the rain this past week we had lots of hikers ditching their plans and going home early - boohoo. Yep, you guessed it: the CL50 has been published again! This time it is in the NEW Adirondack Life Magazine 2022 outdoor guide. It lists the CL50 as an alternative hike to beat the crowds.... perhaps they didn't see the 40 car line-ups last summer. Happy Trails, all! CONFIRMED: Pickle ball Saturday mornings 9am at tennis court - "be there" says Jerry C. THE OUTDOOR BATHROOM IS OPEN... the issue has been resolved: "Fill 'em up!" - Dave Z. Folk Jam last Sunday - thanks for all who came, special thanks to those who jam. Town of Fine clean-up crew should be in town pretty soon! Untill then: WIPE YER FEET. Cranberry Lake Store OPEN for the season. Seasonal vegitables rolling into Otto's: asparagus, spinach, scallions! Here we go! Wanakena Murder Mystery Books Signing at Otto's Abode on the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend, more info below. Beginning Quilt Class at SOS this Weekend, AGAIN! More info below. Quilt Fest being organized by folks in town for Labor Day Weekend - more info to come! Cranberry Lake Art Show second weekend of August - write it down. Regular Town Board Meeting Second Wednesday June 8th @ 6:30 Star Lake. Here’s a link to the most recent town board meeting minutes HERE: Town Of Fine: Minutes: Town Board Meetings [Digital Towpath] Today's Ice Jam Danger remains LOW (two years in a row without an ice jam).

- Warming back up! 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)

- Gettin' busy around here. Bear with us in this transition. Croquet, anyone? NO BLACK FLY JAMBOREE THIS YEAR... trying something new. Maybe next year. Thanks to those with interest. CHECK IT OUT: Book Signing Event Memorial Day Weekend Saturday. BE THERE. This NEW Wanakena murder mystery is available for purchase NOW at Otto's Abode. Next FOLK JAM is Sunday, June 19th 3-5pm. C'MON DOWN! We'll get a campfire going. Otto's featured in the new Garden Share issue: pick one up at the shop. UP ON THE WALLS: NEW Lean-To oil paintings by Keene, NY's Judy James! Maple Syrup is IN! Howard Graham's 2022 liquid gold. COME AND GET IT! Gallons, half-gallons, quarts, pints and half-pints! Produce rack remains STOCKED. Eat the fresh stuff and maybe some "misfits" too. 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. TAKE A PEEK. 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. COLD BEER SOLD HERE! Over SIXTY varieties of beer/cider/etc... in the walk-in cooler.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 and pupa samples in jars - come on down and take a look - he'll also be providing some write-ups (see above) and perhaps some more specimens. Why be a square when you could be a deconstructed cube?

- J.E. Irvin, a career educator and the award-winning author of five mystery novels, will visit Wanakena at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 28, 2022, for a book talk about her latest novel – BROKEN – which is set in the hamlet. Irvin will speak about her writing process as well as the local activities and events that inspired the novel. Hosted by Ottos’ Abode, the presentation will take place in the gazebo (weather permitting) or inside the store. Books will be available for purchase and signing, and each attendee will receive a goody bag of book-related items.

- New Lean-to paintings by Judy James (Keene, NY). On view 04/06/22 - 05/23/22 at Otto's Abode in Wanakena. And LOTS more art to see around the shop, trust us! ART SHOWS ALL YEAR.

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

BLACKWATERS CAFÉ AND TRADING POST - Open Tuesdays and Wednsdays 8am - 3pm and Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 8am - 7pm. www.blackwaterscafe.com

RANGER SCHOOL - Students have graduated. NEW State Ranger Super Camp in town until August. Watch out for them! They mean business! Will there be a RS Reunion this summer? YES, THERE WILL BE! First weekend of August. The past alumni newsletter featured a photo and secrription of CROQUET in ZPARK, last issue featured a photo and description of the CL50 SAWBLADE down in ZPARK. Labyrinth next? Campground? Campus hiking trails remain open to the public. Stay away from the buildings, though. Park way up in the student parking lot if you must. CHECK OUT THEIR TRAIL CAM. Webcam | The Ranger School | SUNY ESF

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!"

WANAKENA HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION – THEY'RE BACK! From the facebook: "Wanakena History Center - Starting June 18, 2022 regular operating hours: Saturday and Sunday 11AM - 4 PM. Also, June 18th Music Event! With local musicians and reception. Details will follow." The Walking Tour around Wanakena has opened for the season this past week, 5/9!

WANAKENA CHURCH – Did you know this song was performed and recorded via the Wanakena Church Organ? Cranberry Lake | Z Plan (bandcamp.com) Pastor Pete is retired. 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.

WANAKENACCOMODATIONS - "Where do people stay?" is the question... 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.

– Book Talk! Scheduled for June 11th - Brad Edmonson's WILD IDEA! Over at the Cranberry Lake Library. Sweet! Cranberry Lake State Campground opens May 20th - Oct. 9th. Lakeside General Store remains closed for the season but should be opening up soon. NEW Motel in town! It's called Coyote Den. Right by the Oswegatchie on Rt. 3. More info to come. The Cranberry Lake Mountaineers Snowmobile Club was awarded BEST CLUB in the state! CRANBERRY LAKE BOAT CLUB t-shirt contest happening now. The library is OPEN Tuesday – Friday 10:00-2:00, Saturday 10:00-1:00, Wednesday Evening 6:00-7:00, ****CLOSED ON MONDAYS****. NEW LIBRARY DROP BOX DOWN AT OTTO'S! Cranberry Lake North Shore Hub OPEN HOUSE July 24th - stay tuned! 2022 Cranberry Lake Boat Club 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. 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! Snowmobile trails CLOSED FOR THE SEASON! Don't forget about Sevey's Point and Thirsty Moose!

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)

BEGINNING QUILT CLASS - On May 21 at 10:00am - at the SOS - instructor Annette Swartz (of Wanakena, NY - Home | Bird Haven Quilting and Fiber Arts ) From the Facebook: In this class you will learn basic machine piecing/quilting skills by making a table runner with instructor Annette Swartz owner of Bird Haven Quilting and experienced quilter and teacher. For a $25 fee you will receive a 12 x18 cutting board, a 6 x 12 quilting ruler, and a Fiskars 45mm rotary fabric cutter. We will provide thread, extra sewing machine needles, batting. You will need a simple sewing machine, but if you don’t have one there will be several available to share. You can bring your own fabric but there will be some fabrics available. Call Sue Novak at 315-566-5929 to reserve your spot in the class. At that time I will email you a detailed description of the class. You can also see a description with pictures on the “SOS, The Adirondack Exhibit Center” Facebook page.

OUT WEST - Green Pinky Farm near Oswegatchie is greening-up! Bush Fam cancer benefit at the legion (chicken BBQ) Saturday.  Adirondack Exhibit Center/Save Our Schoolhouse is bumpin' - 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 Scoops Ice Cream, CF Golf Course and Jreck's, Clifton-Fine Hospital, Community Bank, Coffee Fever, Twin Lakes Hotel, American Legion, Todd Hardware, Adirondack Pharmacy, Clifton-Fine Community Center, Dollar General and Circle J’s in Star Lake are open! Still further west in Oswegatchie, Hillside Diner, UB’s, and Adirondack Rustics are open! CFCSD Fitness Room: OPEN to community members 6pm – 8pm and 5pm - 10pm M-F and weekends 6-10am (paperwork required) - open gym available, too - give them a call. Also, the school is ALWAYS hiring, various positions. Lots more to discover on their facebook page. GO EAGLES! 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. Woof Woof!

THIS TIME LAST YEAR HEREOtto's Abode: WANAKENA WEEKLY #67 – 05/13/21 - 05/19/21 (ottosabode.org) AND TWO YEARS AGO!!!!! HERE: Otto's Abode: WANAKENA WEEKLY #15 - 05/14/20 - 05/20/20 (ottosabode.org)


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