Wanakena: In the Adirondack wilderness, a sense of community endures

Imagine this: A tiny hamlet in a far-off place, where neighbors know each other by first names and always lend a hand for those in need. Here’s something even crazier: They don’t all look the same, sound the same, or vote the same. They share a love for nature and community. They simply don’t have time to fight with each other.

In this era of national polarization, with warring political tribes headed to a November confrontation, it’s comforting to know such remainders of Americana still exist – in this case, on the banks of the Oswegatchie River in the area most New Yorkers simply call “the North Country.”

“We have people who are just getting by, and we have people who are millionaires,” says Allen Ditch, president of the Wanakena Historical Association, a barebones group dedicated to preserving and remembering the past. “We have people who share their skills and

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Mice invade, run rampant in Adirondack homes

EAGLE BAY — If they weren’t so cute – or if the rampage was being carried out by their despised biological cousins the rats – it might be the stuff of B-movie horror films.

Mice are running wild in some Adirondack communities, frustrating homeowners and keeping pest control firms hustling.

While the infestations appear to be localized, the numbers sound downright frightening with some homeowners trapping hundreds of the tiny rodents over the summer.

When it gets that bad they call people like Avery Menz, an exterminator whose Blue Ribbon Pest Control has offices in Rochester and in Herkimer County near Old Forge.

“I’ve have people catch over 200 mice. Two or three per night,” said Menz whose service area runs from Old Forge northeast toward Long Lake.

“We’re doing everything possible,” he said of the effort to keep the rodent population under control. The effort to eradicate includes the

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