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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Colton Lights Remembrance Trees for Winterfest


Fifty-two Remembrance Trees were lit by the Town of Colton on Friday, December 7. The trees will remain illuminated through the end of January to help brighten winter nights during the town’s Winterest which kicks off January 11 and ends January 27.  The trees are sponsored by individuals, families, and groups to honor loved ones. This is the fifth year of the Remembrance Trees project. The project is a collaboration of the town’s Tourism & Beautification Committee and the Colton Historical Society. Once again the committee worked with Adirondack Growers to acquire and set up the » Continue Reading. View >>More


Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Study: Changing Winds May Affect Migratory Birds


Under future climate scenarios, changing winds may make it harder for North American birds to migrate southward in the autumn, but make it easier for them to come back north in the spring according to researchers from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. They came to this conclusion using data from 143 weather radar stations to estimate the altitude, density, and direction birds took during spring and autumn migrations over several years. They also extracted wind data from 28 different climate change projections in the most recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Their findings were published in >>More


Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Jefferson County’s Charles Sherman: Huckleberry Charlie (Conclusion)


In summer 1920, as he had done for at least 60 years, Charles Sherman was out on Pine Plains picking huckleberries. His usual tour of North Country fairs was in the works, a highly anticipated journey by Charlie and his admirers alike, but he began feeling poorly and decided not to go. He remained active until early October, but from that point forward was confined to the house as his health deteriorated. It was finally determined that cancer was gradually taking his life. An outline of his unusual history was published in the Ogdensburg Republican-Journal, reviving fond memories of the >>More


Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Recent Adirondack Forest Ranger Missions


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers respond to search and rescue incidents in the Adirondacks. Working with other state agencies, local emergency response organizations and volunteer search and rescue groups, Forest Rangers locate and extract lost, injured or distressed people from the Adirondack backcountry. What follows is a report, prepared by DEC, of recent missions carried out by Forest Rangers in the Adirondacks. Clinton County Town of Altona Enforcement: On December 13 at approximately 3 pm, Forest Rangers were dispatched by DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch to Purdy Road for a report of two intoxicated individuals driving on >>More


Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Snow Shoveling Do’s and Don’ts


Winter has arrived in the North County, and the snow will not be leaving us anytime soon. Not everyone has access to plows or snow blowers, which leaves us with one last snow removal tool, the shovel. Shoveling snow can be a physically intensive activity, and should be treated as one. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in 2015, more than 158,000 people were treated in an emergency room, doctor’s office, and clinics for injuries that happened while removing snow or ice manually. In order to prevent these types of injuries, » Continue Reading. View original post.


Tuesday, December 18, 2018

New Maple, Birch Tapping Research Released


The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program has posted a research update with data to help maple and birch syrup producers respond to variable climate conditions. The project has established baseline data for what are hoped to be continuing efforts to determine the optimal time to begin tapping birch trees in conjunction with maple production. The report posted under the Maple tab at www.nnyagdev.org compares sap and syrup yields based on various tapping times of maple and birch trees at the Uilhein Maple Research Forest in Lake Placid, and at the Paul’s Smith College Forest in Paul Smiths. The » >>More


Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Call for Artists: Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts


The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (Arts Center) has announced they are seeking artists to exhibit in their three galleries in mid-April through December 2019. Exhibits may last up to six weeks. Artists working in all mediums are encouraged to apply by February 15, 2019. The submission fee is $35 for artists with a valid Arts Center membership or $45 for non-members. Interested artists are encourage to submit up to 10 JPEGs. To submit work, click here. The selection process will be completed by March 15, 2019, with acceptance notifications sent via email. For additional details or questions, contact >>More


Monday, December 17, 2018

American Mountain Ash


There’s a giant living in Coös County, New Hampshire. It’s a 61-foot tall tree, the country’s largest known American mountain ash. At last measurement, it stood at a height of 61 feet and had a circumference of 70 inches. That’s outstanding for a tree that’s described by most sources, including my old dendrology textbook, as “a small tree or shrub.” This tree is a champion — but the species as a whole has a lot going for it. I love the mountain ash for the beauty of its white flower clusters and red berries. More importantly, though, it fills an >>More


Monday, December 17, 2018

Poinsettias Have a Long and Colorful History


Poinsettias are among the most popular potted flowering or foliage plants of the Christmas Season. They have been for decades. According to the most recent United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) statistics available, the wholesale value of U.S. grown poinsettias was roughly $140 million in 2015; $143.7 million in 2014. (By comparison, the 2015 wholesale value of orchids was about $288.3 million; chrysanthemums, $16.7 million; Easter lilies, $24.3 million.) Long-recognized as the largest and most successful poinsettia breeder in the world, Paul Ecke Ranch in Encinitas, California was founded in 1924, by German immigrant entrepreneurs who moved to the US >>More


Monday, December 17, 2018

Adirondack Foundation Adds New Board Members, Elects Officers


Adirondack Foundation has announced Lawson Prince Allen, Margot Ernst, Reg Gignoux and Craig Weatherup have been added to its Board of Trustees. Lawson Prince Allen, a psychotherapist, retired school counselor and a gallery instructor at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, has extensive board experience. Her family ties to the region are in Essex. She first got to know the Foundation in 2013 when she and her husband established the Allen Scholarship and Education Fund, which offers competitive college scholarships for students from Essex and Willsboro. Margot Ernst, a retired curator and associate director of the Japan Society Gallery >>More