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Monday, February 18, 2019

Viewpoint: Coming to Terms with Solar Energy Development

Perhaps the most significant energy question in the North Country in the coming year will be the potential long-term advantages and/or disadvantages of advancing industrial-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) project development in the region. Solar power represents a significant opportunity for economic development and job creation in North Country communities. And PV energy production is playing an increasingly important role in how states meet their (renewable) energy needs. Several northern New York townships have been evaluating the potential for opportunities in the photovoltaic (PV) energy production. But solar project development » Continue Reading. View original post.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Conservation Minute: Microplastics

As their name suggests, microplastics are small – very small. They can measure up to 1/5 of an inch, but most are microscopic. These plastic fragments, beads, and fibers originate from the breakdown of every-day products we use and wear, such as water bottles, plastic bags, sponges, and clothing. Some make their way into our environment as trash that has degraded over time due to wind or wave action – others enter directly via our drains. Wastewater treatment plants do trap some microplastics, but many are too small to be filtered so they are discharged back into our lakes and >>More

Monday, February 18, 2019

Habitat Management Plans Set for Jeff County WMAs

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced they are holding a public information session on Habitat Management Plans (HMPs) for three Jefferson County Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) from 6 to 8 pm, on Tuesday, March 19, at the Dulles State Office Building, Watertown. The HMPs cover the Lakeview, Black Pond, and Honeyville WMAs, just outside the Adirodnacks. Lakeview HMP: Goals include managing a percentage of the forested landscape as young forest and managing shrublands to provide breeding and foraging habitat for American Woodcock, Ruffed Grouse, Wild Turkey, migrant songbirds, and other species of greatest conservation need. >>More

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Feeding Deer Does Much Harm, Little Good

A few winters back, there was a doe who frequented our compost heap. The garden fence around it proved an inadequate barrier, as she simply hopped over it to nosh on the rotting shards of jack-o-lanterns and the latest veggie scraps tossed atop the pile. Not far from the garden sits an old orchard, and we’d also spot her there, scratching with sharp hooves to get to the long-frozen, shriveled fruit beneath the snow. Watching deer forage for whatever bits of food they can find through the cold months of winter, I can understand why some people feel an urge >>More

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Nominations Sought for Second Essex County ‘Farmacy’

AdkAction’s Farmacy project, a mixed-use healthy food retail storefront located in Keeseville Pharmacy, is seeking to replicate the model in the second location in Essex County. Local businesses who are interested in a partnership with AdkAction to incorporate a small farm store into their existing storefront can be nominated between now and March 1st to be considered. View original post.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Whallonsburg Grange Purchases 1950s Whitcomb’s Garage

The Whallonsburg Grange Hall, has announce that it has purchased Whitcomb’s Garage in Whallonsburg, the vacant building and land directly across Whallons Bay Road from the Grange. The 1950s-era garage, on a 1.5-acre lot along the Boquet River, was owned by Clarence “Narni” Whitcomb.   Whitcomb was a lifelong resident of Whallonsburg who sold and serviced cars there until the 1990s; he died in 2017.  The purchase was made possible through a dedicated, anonymous donation. The Whallonsburg Grange Hall, built by the local Grange chapter in 1915, was renovated and restored through a ten-year-long volunteer effort. It is now open year-round as >>More

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Jackie Archer: A North Country Civil Rights Inspiration

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. inspired a national movement and remains a catalyst for peaceful change after he was martyred for the cause. He was hardly beloved by all: many felt threatened by him, and when he protested against the war in Vietnam, many criticized him for losing focus and supposedly deserting the primary goal of addressing racial inequality. Millions supported his efforts, but it was a chaotic time, filled with uncertainty about the future. With the bitterness, hatred, and violence that was revealed, even on the nightly TV news, it sometimes seemed doubtful that true change could ever be >>More

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Multicultural Night at Petrova Elementary in Saranac Lake

A second Multicultural Night has been set for February 21, 2019, 6 to 7 pm, at the Petrova Elementary School in Saranac Lake. Countries that will be represented include China, Japan, Bosnia, Wales, Gambia, Italy, Australia, Philippines, Ethiopia and more. Last fall, two colleagues at Petrova, Temnit Muldowney and Jesse Jakobe, met to talk about ways of celebrating the diversity within their elementary school. From this dialogue was born the first Multicultural Night, which featured over forty families who participated and more than 200 attendees. Families brought posters, artifacts, food and clothes. Students prepared three panel posters featuring information and >>More

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Poetry: Nightfall

  Nightfall Fern-sprigged comforter, Immerses and caresses sun-blushed skin. White lace curtains billow, In soft obeisance to an August breeze. Sunbeams filter sparkling motes, Into a wood-beamed bedroom sanctuary, As a bejeweled lake ushers in the soft sound, Of waves splashing a sandy shore. Somewhere in the fiery pink, orange and blue horizon, Haunting, triumphant calls of loons vibrate, emanate, Owning the dusk, and heralding the setting sun. All is well as Nature sounds its reign, Over the cool, pine-scented summer night. View original post.

Friday, February 15, 2019

New York State Free Fishing Weekend Feb 16-17

DEC reminds anglers that February 16-17, 2019 is a free fishing weekend in New York. During this period, anyone can fish without the requirement to obtain a New York State fishing license. Free Fishing Day participants are reminded that, although the requirement for a fishing license is waived during free fishing days, all other fishing regulations remain in effect. Outside of Free Fishing Days, anyone 16 years of age and older must have a current State fishing license to fish in New York. Fishing licenses are valid for 365 days from the date of purchase. Visit DEC’s website for more >>More