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Monday, December 10, 2018

Isaac Johnson: Former Slave, Master Mason


“The citizens of our patriotic town are erecting a fine town hall which is to cost from $10,000.… Mr. Isaac Johnson, a colored gentleman from West Winchester, Ont. is the contractor and one of the best architects in the country.” This statement from the Gouverneur Free Press in July, 1884 references a construction project in Waddington under the supervision of an African American stone mason who recently moved his family from Canada to this small community in St. Lawrence County located between Ogdensburg and Massena. After having been born into enslavement in the South before the War Between the States, >>More


Monday, December 10, 2018

DEC to Hold Annual Children’s Holiday Party


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced its 42nd Annual Children’s Holiday Party has been set for Tuesday, December 18, from 2:30 to 4 pm in the lobby of the DEC Regional Office in Ray Brook. DEC holds this event for the enjoyment of children in the community. Santa Claus and Smokey Bear will both make appearances at the festivities and Santa will listen to the children’s wishes and hand out presents. Santa’s elves will also hand out balloons and paint faces. Children’s activities, cookies and juice will be available in the main conference room. Live >>More


Monday, December 10, 2018

Fort Ticonderoga’s Christmas Riot of 1776


Fort Ticonderoga is set to host a living history event “RIOT! Yankees vs. Buckskins,” on December 15, 2018. Throughout the day, visitors will participate in presentations, weapons demonstrations, historic trades, and living history vignettes. The day is set at the time of disunity between officers unfold during an intense riot that plagued the American army in 1776. A special pop-up exhibit on display December 15 only will present one of the garrison’s original orderly books. “These official documents which buried the details of the altercation and the riot between Pennsylvanians and Massachusetts soldiers has been known only circumstantially through two >>More


Sunday, December 9, 2018

The Porcupine


I once lived in a cottage perched atop a sloping field in Western Massachusetts. It was the lone structure at the edge of undeveloped forest and sat far from the road. The cottage had a large front deck with an expansive view and a smaller one in back that faced the forest. It was under the small deck that a porcupine took up residence one fall, for a stay that turned out to be briefer than I would have liked. Since he wasn’t damaging the house, and didn’t seem aggressive, I didn’t mind his presence. Until my dog, Beckett, met >>More


Sunday, December 9, 2018

Poaching Case In Schroon Lake


DEC Environmental Conservation Officer (ECO) Maxwell Nocols has reported that on November 21st he received a report of hunters trespassing, firing two shots and killing an antlerless deer on private property in the town of Schroon. ECO Nicols said he arrived to find numerous footprints entering the woods off Letsonville Road and crossing two separate posted properties. ECO Matt Lacroix with K-9 Diesel were contacted to assist with the investigation. The officers report that two .30-06 shell casings were located by K-9 Diesel, identifying the caliber and location the shots had come from. On the morning » Continue Reading. View >>More


Sunday, December 9, 2018

Adk Regional Theatre Fundraising For ‘The Crucible’


Adirondack Regional Theatre has announced it will be staging the Arthur Miller classic “The Crucible” at the Strand Theatre in Plattsburgh February 8, 9 and 10, 2019. To help underwrite the production the group has launch a Go Fund Me account. Arthur Miller’s timely American drama is about what can happen when truth is bent to political convenience. No one is safe as a reign of terror rips through 1692 Salem. Led by Abigail Williams, a group of girls who claim to have seen the Devil, hurl out charges of witchcraft, sending those who won’t confess to the noose. When >>More


Saturday, December 8, 2018

Intoxication: Animals and Alcohol


It’s the time of year when the landscape is laid bare, the ground is impenetrable with frost, and flying insects have faded into memory. As fall slides into winter, resident songbirds like robins and waxwings must switch from their warm weather diets of earthworms and arthropods to the best of what’s left: fruit, and lots of it. As it turns out, this is also the time of year when conditions become ripe for the conversion of fruit sugars into alcohol via natural fermentation. Studies show that waxwings, whose winter diet is comprised almost exclusively of fruit, metabolize alcohol seven times >>More


Saturday, December 8, 2018

What Can Never Be Named


  What Can Never Be Named What I saw in the Green Mountains can never be named. Across an idyllic forest of embryonic fluid, I saw an unborn spirit arriving as an ancient memory. I saw dark matter in your eyes. Neither created or destroyed. Like rogue planets ejected from their birthplaces. I saw an invisible halo and smoke the color of ivory and ostrich eggshells. I saw the holy. In my bathroom. In front of a broken sink faucet. View original post.


Friday, December 7, 2018

Featured Trail: Peavine Swamp Ski Trail, Cranberry Lake


Peavine Swamp Ski Trail is an 8.5-mile ski trail located in the Western parcel of the Cranberry Lake Wild Forest. This trail begins on the south side of Route 3 east of Peavine Swamp. It presently contains three loops. The last half of the trail passes through lands that have never been significantly harvested. Large specimens of hardwoods, red spruce, and eastern hemlock are common. The Cranberry Lake Wild Forest is a 24,111-acre forest that consists of three separate parcels to the west, northwest, and east of Cranberry Lake. It contains 15 miles of foot trails, 9.4 » Continue Reading. >>More


Friday, December 7, 2018

Holiday Celebrations At The Grange


The Whallonsburg Grange Hall in Essex is set to hold its holiday celebration and performance of “A Christmas Carol” Radio Play on Sunday, December 9 at 3 pm, and their annual Holiday Market on Saturday, December 15 from 1 to 4 pm. The Grange’s annual holiday celebration and performance of “A Christmas Carol” Radio Play is Sunday. There will be music and dancing and holiday cheer upstairs, and cookie-baking and ornament-making for kids downstairs starting at 3 pm. The curtain goes up on “Carol” at 4 pm and with wonderful live music (organ, cello, fiddle) and a great cast. All >>More