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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