Almanack Contributor Susan Sweeney Smith

Susan Sweeney Smith grew up in Peru, NY and is a 28 year resident of Cranberry Lake. She raised kids and donkeys and dogs and cats in the hamlet. During her professional career she worked in philanthropy and community relations for North Country Public Radio, SUNY Potsdam and supported a host of smaller nfp’s in the region with their philanthropic projects. Today, she’s a community volunteer who believes in Cranberry Lake magic. You can find her writing at https://www.cranberryblog.org/


Monday, May 13, 2024

How entrepreneur Tovi Gareau Bliss helps shape Cranberry Lake’s future

Adirondack Almanack contributor, Susan Sweeney Smith, who has written stories about Cranberry Lake, has shared a series of profiles highlighting Cranberry Lake community leaders who dedicate much of their time and energy to volunteer work. These profiles were originally published on the Cranberry Blog. Check out the Cranberry Blog here, and please enjoy Susan’s fifth submission, a profile on Tovi Gareau Bliss below.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2024

“Don’t hand me paper, give me a job:” Ed Kipp, a hands-on Cranberry Lake volunteer

Ed Kipp

Adirondack Almanack contributor, Susan Sweeney Smith, who has written stories about Cranberry Lake, has shared a series of profiles highlighting Cranberry Lake community leaders who dedicate much of their time and energy to volunteer work. These profiles were originally published on the Cranberry Blog. Check out the Cranberry Blog here, and please enjoy Susan’s fourth submission, a profile on Ed Kipp below.

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Monday, April 29, 2024

Meet a Retired Ranger in Wanakena who wears many hats

Adirondack Almanack contributor, Susan Sweeney Smith, who has written stories about Cranberry Lake, has shared a series of profiles highlighting Cranberry Lake community leaders who dedicate much of their time and energy to volunteer work. These profiles were originally published on the Cranberry Blog. Check out the Cranberry Blog here, and please enjoy Susan’s third submission, a profile on Bernie Siskavich below.

What brought you to Cranberry Lake? When?

New York State Forest Ranger – was working in Region 3 (Southern NY) and this position came open. I’m a North Country boy – wanted to get back into the Adirondacks. I was a Ranger School grad, so it made sense.

We came to Wanakena in 1976 – so much work going on with the mills and mines there wasn’t a place in Star Lake, Newton Falls to rent. So we found a place in Wanakena and rented it – lived there one year and then bought across the street next to Otto’s Abode – still there since 77.

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Monday, April 22, 2024

Who’s Who In Cranberry Lake: Scott McWharf

Scott McWharf

Adirondack Almanack contributor, Susan Sweeney Smith, who has written stories about Cranberry Lake, has shared a series of profiles highlighting Cranberry Lake community leaders who dedicate much of their time and energy to volunteer work. These profiles were originally published on the Cranberry Blog. Check out the Cranberry Blog here, and please enjoy Susan’s second submission, a profile on Scott McWharf below.

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Monday, April 15, 2024

Who’s Who In Cranberry Lake: Mark LeRoux

Mark LeRoux

Adirondack Almanack contributor, Susan Sweeney Smith, who has written stories about Cranberry Lake, has shared a series of profiles highlighting Cranberry Lake community leaders who dedicate much of their time and energy to volunteer work. These profiles were originally published on the Cranberry Blog. Check out the Cranberry Blog here, and please enjoy Susan’s first submission, a profile on Mark LeRoux below.

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