WANAKENA WEEKLY #120 - 05/19/22 - 05/25/22

Happy Thursday!

– Black flies are OUT and BITING. Mosquitos are almost worse! Ducks and geese are flocking outside. Check for ticks! Town of Fine spring clean-up crew came, saw, concurred! The Ranger School special Cadets are here! We've caught them jogging around 6am downtown, DISCIPLINE! Baby snowshoe hare scamper about. Apple blossoms. No complaints from the hikers - trails are good! We've heard from a reliable source that the 2022 "IN THE PINES" Clifton/Fine Summer Concert Series line-up and flier will debut to the public this Friday. Seasonal vegetables rolling into Otto's: asparagus, spinach! Here we go! Also, where do you buy your beer? COLD BEER SOLD HERE! Over SIXTY varieties of beer/cider/etc... in the walk-in cooler. Zoom meeting for those who can't make it: Wanakena Murder Mystery Books Signing at Otto's Abode on the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend, more info below. CAROL AND CEMETERY TEAM IS LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO MOW THE CEMETERY!!!! Takes about an hour. Historical Association looking for museum docents, too. Many requests for a boat taxi service on Cranberry Lake. Pickle ball Saturday mornings 9am at tennis court. We heard last week was a SMASH! Check it out. New motel: FOX'S DEN in Cranberry Lake. Bridgework at Cranberry Lake. Cranberry Lake Store OPEN for the season. "Good coffee and Jack Williams Photography" at Blackwaters. 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: May 11, 2022: Town Board Meeting [Digital Towpath] Today's Ice Jam Danger remains LOW (two years in a row without an ice jam).

- Looks like a rainy Memorial Day Weekend with WARM weather  on the other end! 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)

- CHECK IT OUT: AUTHOR JANET IRVIN ARRIVES SOON! Zoom meeting for those who cant make it (info below) to the Book Signing Event Memorial Day Weekend Saturday 3pm at Gazebo. THIS SATURDAY. BE THERE. RAIN OR SHINE. This NEW Wanakena murder mystery is available for purchase NOW at Otto's Abode NOW. More info below. What can we say? Memorial Day Weekend is here. Where did "spring" go? The "busy season" is upon us. Buckle-up, puppies. Look back at WW from two years ago...  we were JUST re-opening from super-covid days. We had the counter all rearranged and covered in plastic. The first customer of the day walked right by it. Hah. The second customer did so. Roll on. The Judy James show is down. And we had discussed a second round of Blackfly Jamboree but have decided to do some empty gallery exploring. Some of our finest moments have come out of this sort of unknown space treatment. Re-imagining the "gallery" space/purpose; please continue to join us. Croquet, anyone?  Next FOLK JAM is Sunday, June 19th 3-5pm. C'MON DOWN! We'll get a campfire going. 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. 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.

Janet Irvin is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Setting As Inspiration in the Novel BROKEN
Time: May 28, 2022 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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

RANGER SCHOOL - The "cadets" have arrived! A NEW experiment at the RS. Forest Ranger Boot Camp. 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

– 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 in May 2016? Cranberry Lake | Z Plan (bandcamp.com) 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 – LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO MOW THE CEMETERY!!!! 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... the answer: IN A TENT. 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.

– Lakeside General OPEN for the season. From Facebook: Dock installation at the HUB is now complete as of Wednesday May 25  - Dock number 2 installed thanks to Brian Bullard and crew.  We thank them wholeheartedly for getting Dock 2 in place. Heartfelt thanks still extended to the Farnsworth family for putting in Dock 1 of the HUB Community Dock System last Saturday! Please extend your thanks to them for their service to the community. Cranberry Lake North Shore Hub OPEN HOUSE July 24th - stay tuned! Cranberry Lake State Campground opened May 20th - Oct. 9th. NEW Motel in town! It's called Coyote Den. Right by the Oswegatchie on Rt. 3. More info to come. Book Talk! Scheduled for June 11th - Brad Edmonson's WILD IDEA! Over at the Cranberry Lake Library. Sweet! 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! Tooley Pond Duck Decoy Showroom in Cranberry Lake is OPEN! CRANBERRY LAKE BOAT CLUB t-shirt contest happening now. 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! 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! Cranberry Lake Mountaineers voted BEST CLUB in New York State in 2022. Don't forget about our nearest-by neighbors: Sevey's Point and Thirsty Moose!

OUT WEST - American Legion Memorial Day (Monday) observances start at 9AM at the St Michael Cemetery in Fine - and continue through Clifton/Fine until noon. Green Pinky Farm near Oswegatchie is greening-up! Adirondack Exhibit Center/Save Our Schoolhouse is alive! Stay Tuned at their FACEBOOK. SOS, The Adirondack Exhibit Center - Home | Facebook. Bargain Hunter continues 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, Coffee Fever, Twin Lakes Hotel, American Legion, Todd Hardware, CF Golf Course and Jreck's, Clifton-Fine Hospital, Community Bank, 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 - Cranberry Lake Mountaineers voted BEST CLUB in New York State in 2022.

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

THIS TIME LAST YEAR HEREOtto's Abode: WANAKENA WEEKLY #68 – 05/19/21 - 05/26/21 (ottosabode.org) AND TWO YEARS AGO!!!!! HERE: Otto's Abode: WANAKENA WEEKLY #16 - 05/21/20 - 05/27/20 (ottosabode.org)


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