WANAKENA WEEKLY #228 - 06/06/24 - 06/12/24

Happy Thursday!

UPS Scott is off for the next TWO WEEKS. Then he's back for FOUR DAYS. Then back OFF FOR TWO MORE WEEKS! Mama mia! In other news: Oooohweeee! It has been downright delightfully chilly! All weekend and throughout the beginning of this past week. NO BUGS THOUGH! Absolute delicious cool and damp days nights and mornings in the forest. Gotta love these spring days... hate to see 'em go! You know that HOT HEAT BEAST is on the way. No more village bear trouble reports, still. Hummingbirds, woodchucks, geese, ducks, chippies, squirrels, frogs, turtles, beaver, fish. ALL SORTS OF Spring Flowers! Some even going to seed... LAWN BERRIES! Wild Blueberries shaping up nice. Winds howling through the white pine needles. Fresh Ferns! Oswegatche RUNNIN'! Trails will be in shape. Good enough, at least. It's a forest, not a shopping mall. You will get wet. Bugs may bite the crap out of you. Leave No Trace. Don't Spread Invasive Species. Tripple-knot your boots and get out there. PADDLE, PEDDLE, PAWDLE, DOODLE-PIDDLE! Isn't it amazing.... 9:45pm and there's still smatterings of sunshine in the sky. Summer Solstice coming up! Shortly after that... FOURTH OF JULY SUMMER SPECTACULAR! And away we go soaring through the two-month summertime-rush-around. Before you know it, the maples will start to turn color. They days will be getting shorter and shorter. BUT DONT FORGET! It is STILL spring! Live local! Shop local! Ranger School SUMMER SESH hittin' and quittin. GREAT GROUP! Forest Mensuration. AND ALSO, DONT FORGET!!! JERRY C. PICKLE BALL SATURDAY MORNINGS WANAKENA! Looking for lodging? Places to Stay (cranberrylakemountaineers.com) June 12th Town of Fine Board Meeting minutes (Otto's is mentioned!) here: Town Of Fine: Minutes: June 12, 2024: June Town Board Meeting [Digital Towpath] Monday July 8th 6:30pm meeting at the Star Lake Fire Hall about the Arena and to discuss it future! Ice-Jam-placed log:

AROUND TOWN - CF Hometown Heroes Banners are UP! Check em out - they are awesome! Saturday June 15th! Lots going on! Pork dinner at the CLVFD in Harewood. BIG YARD SALE NEWTON FALLS... raise some money for the lost cats of the falls! DOWN IN WANAKENA... the SEASONAL RE-OPENING of the WANAKANEA HISTORY CENTER! 3pm on Saturday June 15th! C'mon down to Wanakena and catch some LIVE MUSIC in the HISTORIC Presbyterian Church and scoot on up the street to see the NEW EXHIBITS at the History Center. There will be refreshments and lots of familiar faces! The History Center will be OPEN every Saturday and Sunday from 11-4pm all summer long! LOTS MORE GOING ON! Dive-deep into Wanakena History VIA the WANAKENA HISTORICL ASSOCIATION! And dont forget about the WANAKENA WALKING TOUR! There is a FATHER'S DAY BRUNCH at the CRANBERRY LAKE FIRE HALL this Sunday! COMMUNITY YOGA is BACK at the CLIFTON-FINE COMMUNITY CENTER starting JUNE 20TH! That's a Thursday morning. SOS ADIRONDACK EXHIBIT CENTER STAR LAKE... "WELCOME TO SUMMER OPEN HOUSE" check it out, people! Clifton Community Library in Harewood has a NEW OUTDOOR STORY WALK... one of our favorites: CHICKA CHICKA BOOM BOOM! MONDAY JUY 1ST... NEW CF HOSPITAL GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY! Monday July 1st 10AM! Our friends and neighbors across the lake: HAREWOOD LAKESIDE STORE! HAREWOOD HUB! Lots more coming-up... STAY TUNED!

DOWN AT THE ABODE - Cheers to JANET IRVIN who delighted and informed and inspired a heaping handful in the Gazebo this past weekend! SHE'LL BE BACK! Thanks, Janet! We will be OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK after fourth of July and will continue to be 7 days a week through august and Labor Day Weekend. After that, back closed on Tuesdays through Fall, Winter and Spring! COMING UP: the return of VINYL NIGHT! Saturday June 22nd 3-7PM! YOU BRING EM WE SPING EM! We'll have some from our collection out to enjoy, get a campfire going and chill in the park. Rain or shine. IAN BURCROFF PAINTINGS ON THE GALLER WALL! You GOTTA come on down and check these out. Up through JULY! STOP-IN AND STOCK-UP! GROCERIES GALORE! BEST CHEESE AROUND... Meiers Cheese from Fort Covington. Starting to get some LOCAL produce in the shop - BOUNTY OF THE COUNTY! OVER SIXTY VARIETIES IN THE GOOD 'OL WALK-IN COOLER! CHEERS! OTTO'S ABODE! SHOPPER-SUPPORTED YEAR-ROUND INCONVENIENCE STORE.

CHECK THIS - WE GOT AN AWARD FROM THE ST LAWRENCE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE! Thanks for ALL the congratulations, everybody. Couldn't do it with out you and we're honored and encourage everyone to check out all the great things STLC Chamber does for the county! The BIGGEST COUNTY IN THE STATE! St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center | Visit STLC This year’s St. Lawrence County Tourism Awards Dinner, set Wednesday, June 12 in Canton, is proud to feature awards to two exemplary tourism entities. The ‘Best to the Guest’ Tourism Excellence award recognizes a business or organization who shows ‘commitment to an excellent guest experience, customer service, unique offerings, and attention to detail, which brings pride to St. Lawrence County’. The award is chosen based on nominations and reviews from Facebook, TripAdvisor, Google, and Yelp. This year’s award will honor Otto’s Abode in Wanakena, New York. Owned by Nolan and Hannah Fedorow, Otto’s Abode is a hub for community members and visitors alike, operating as a rustic yet modern general store and local art gallery as well as offering maps, guides, gifts, supplies, and especially local tips and advice for exploring and experiencing the Adirondack foothills. A second award for ‘Best Destination Marketing Initiative’ recognizes the effort to implement an outstanding tourism marketing initiative raising awareness and attracting visitors to St. Lawrence County. This year, the award recognizes the tremendous work by SLC Arts to creatively and professionally brand and market the North Country Arts Festival. The STLC Chamber is the designated Tourism Promotion Agent for St. Lawrence County. In this role, their dedicated tourism team works closely with I Love New York and the New York State Matching Funds Program, along with engaging in active partnership with the Adirondack Regional Tourism Council and the Thousand Islands International Tourism Council in order to showcase St. Lawrence County to visitors in New York State and surrounding US states as well as throughout bordering areas of Canada.

‘Best to the Guest’ Tourism Excellence Awards
2016: Clarkson Inn
2017: Robideau’s Mahogany Ridge
2018: Jake’s on the Water
2019: Nicandri Nature Center
2022: North Country Children’s Museum
2023: Sherman Inn
2024: Otto's Abode

Best Destination Marketing Initiative
2016: Hammond Barn Quilt Trail
2017: Mare’s Ware’s Arts Fest
2018: Waddington Party in the Park: Bassmaster Elite Series
2019: Ogdensburg International Airport
2022: TAUNY
2023: Explore Massena / Fish Massena
2024: SLC Arts / North Country Arts Festival

RISE AND SHINE CLIFTON-FINE - Starting from the west: Historic Fine Town Hall Building in Fine Village seeking input for its use and future! Town Of Fine: Minutes: June 05, 2024: Public Town Board Meeting [Digital Towpath] Fine Volunteer Fire Dept THANK YOU! Lodge at Dodge Pond OPEN. UBs Mercantile and ADK Rustics in Oswegatchie (Home of The Bargain Hunter!) are OPEN! Around Star Lake: ADK Holy Grail Gift Shop OPEN! ADK Pharmacy OPEN. Clifton Fine Central School GO EAGLES! Community Bank OPEN! Clifton Fine Hospital OPEN and HOPIN' you're healthy! Dollar General OPEN! Twin Lakes OPEN! CF Arena CLOSED FOR SEASON. Jrecks' CLOSED FOR SEASON. Actually, there is NOTHING in the Club House. CF Golf Course OPEN! Star Lake Volunteer Fire Department THANK YOU! SOS Adirondack Exhibit Center EVENTS HAPPENING! Clifton-Fine Community Center and Food Pantry & Free Community Meal Wednesdays! Todd Hardware OPEN! Coffee Fever SOLD? Circle Jays OPEN! What's The Scoop SCOOPIN! American Legion OPEN. Newton Falls Giving Box & Post Office OPEN. Newton Falls Volunteer Fire Department THANK YOU! Mountain Gate Plaza Bottle Redemption at Clifton Corners OPEN! Packbasket Adventures Lodge in Wanakena OPEN! Mary holds down 13695 Wanakena Post Office - Clifton Community Library Book Drop Box out-front! Wanakena Ranger School Summer Session NOW! Wanakena Historical Association Walking Tour OPEN History Center OPENS JUNE 15TH! Clifton-Fine Summer Series in ZPARK SUMMETIME! Common Thread Quilt Fest Labor Day Weekend! Out in Harewood: Wooden Fish Hathery OPEN! Coyotes Den OPEN and FOR SALE! Cranberry Lake Volunteer Fire Department THANK YOU! Birch's Lakeside OPEN - Boat Taxi Service NOW! Tilly's? Cranberry Lake Art Show HAPPENING! Cranberry Lake North Shore Hub hosts space use, dock use, summer concerts and summer lectures! Clifton Community Library OPEN! Cranberry Lake Boat Club announcing summer events (Firecracker Race, Poker Paddle, Boat Race)! Cranberry Lake DEC Campground opens May 17th - Hannah Z and Ron C's Birthday! Cranberry Lake Mounteneers Snowmobile Club, check 'em out! Grasse River Railway? Sevey's Point at Sevey's Corner OPEN. Thirsty Moose Childwold OPEN! And don't forget! 2E's, Edwards Opera House, Jim's Auto in South Edwards OPEN! Plum Brook Cafe in Russell OPEN! Jockos in Degrasse OPEN! CLIFTON-FINE RT. 3 CORRIDOR ROLL-CALL ROUND-UP! We're Southern St. Lawrence County. We're Northwestern Adirondacks. We're BOTH. We're NEITHER! WE'RE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE-LESS! WILD WEST! GREAT SOUTH WOODS WAY SOUTH OF THE ROCK! ALL THAT STUFF! OH YEAH!

“We’re on our total blitzkrieg towards isolation. Listen to me. The day’s coming—and it ain’t gonna be long—when you ain’t even gonna have to leave your living room. No more schools, no more bodegas, no more tabernacles, no more Cineplexes. All right? You’re gonna snuggle up to your fiber optics, baby, and bliss out.” Chris talking to Maggie when she has him install a washer/dryer in her home - Season 5 Northern Exposure 1994