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The Northern Grape Project's test vines at Coyote Moon winery, Clayton. Photo: David Sommerstein
The Northern Grape Project's test vines at Coyote Moon winery, Clayton. Photo: David Sommerstein

North Country wines survive the cold, please the palate

The New York wine industry is booming. According to the New York Wind and Grape Foundation, five million people visit New York wineries every year. The industry generates almost $4 billion.

The New York Farm Bureau is pushing for an official designation for a new Adirondack Wine Coast Trail to bring enthusiasts to seven vineyards in Clinton County.

A lot of the credit for New York wines can go to a team of researchers that's doing what you might call "extreme winemaking": Breeding grapes that survive the North Country's frigid winters and still make delicious wine.

They hope names like Frontenac and Marquette will one day be as popular as Cabernet and Merlot.  Go to full article
OK Slip Falls in summer. Photo: C. Heilman, courtesy Adirondack Nature Conservancy

Adirondack Park Agency will hear from public on how to use new lands

The Adirondack Park Agency has drafted seven options for classifying 47,000 acres of state land in the central Adirondacks, including the first phase of former Finch, Pruyn and Co. timberlands acquired by the state.

The options range from mostly wilderness, the most restrictive state land classification where motorized vehicles are prohibited, to wild forest, where more opportunities for public access and recreation are allowed.

The APA board voted Friday to host a series of public hearings on the proposals.  Go to full article
The day opened with drumming by the NAACP Albany Branch Student Theater Outreach Program (S.T.O.P.). Photo: Beehive Productions

At John Brown Day, what does freedom mean?

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. In a few months, it will be exactly fifty years since the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his "I Have a Dream" speech.

And this past weekend, one organization in the North Country held its annual birthday party for John Brown, on the Adirondack farm he lived in for two years, and the place where his body is buried.  Go to full article
Vito Lopez, speaking on a bill in New York's Assembly. Photo: <a href="http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/Vito-J-Lopez/">New York State Assembly</a>

Will the ethics report on the Lopez scandal be released this month?

The state ethics commission report on the Assemblyman Vito Lopez sexual harassment scandal might finally be made public later this month.  Go to full article
Eager gardeners sorting through the possibilities. Photo: Lucy Martin

Lots about seeds

Corn, cucumbers, parsley and parsnips...it all starts with seeds. But not all seeds are easy to nurse through the germination stage. In their weekly gardening conversation,...  Go to full article