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Rose chafer beetles at work. Photo: <a href="">Jason Sturner</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Rose chafer beetles at work. Photo: Jason Sturner, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

First the blooms, then the bugs

Aren't the peonies lovely? And the first roses to bloom so pretty and fragrant? Along with the iris and the first day lilies, they give gardeners an early-summer shot of color and satisfaction after lots of hard work.

They also attract the first big wave of pests, including some of the most frustrating and difficult to deal with: rose chafers, flea beetles, and potato beetles. Brace yourself, as she so often does, cooperative extension's Amy Ivy says hand picking is the best remedy for the rose chafers and potato bugs.

No pesticides for rose chafers, because they attack the flower's blooms, and to dose the bloom would kill the bees and other valuable pollinators. And potato beetles? It's just more efficient to squish the eggs before they hatch on the underside of the leaves.  Go to full article

Emmy win gives "Songs to Keep" new life

A project giving a large piece of the North Country's cultural heritage new life is gaining larger recognition. A TV documentary about Adirondack song collector Marjorie Lansing Porter has won a New England Emmy.

Songs to Keep: Treasures of an Adirondack Folk Collector, was produced by Mountain Lake PBS as part of a regional project spearheaded by TAUNY - Traditional Arts in Upstate New York.  Go to full article
This is how small a deer tick is. Photo: <a href="">André Karwath</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Where the ticks are, and what to do

Jody Gangloff-Kaufman is an entomologist with the state Integrated Pest Management Program at Cornell University. Her office is on Long Island, where the tick population and the risk of lyme disease is very high.

The Adirondacks may be the only part of the North Country where risk of the lyme disease deer ticks carry is still low. Otherwise, she says, the more deer in an area, the more deer ticks. And deer love agricultural areas, cornfields and alfalfa. She says they, and the ticks they carry, are common in the St. Lawrence and Champlain valleys, "the regions all around the mountains, really, have heavy deer populations and certainly have high incidence of lyme disease."  Go to full article

Town, county in spat over hiring of officers

TICONDEROGA, N.Y. (AP) _ Officials in a small Adirondack town are fuming after
the sheriff's office in a neighboring county hired half of the town's police ...  Go to full article
Sailing on Lake Champlain. Photo: Sarah Harris

Vermont officials offer briefing on lake cleanup

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Top officials with several Vermont state agencies say they are ready to collaborate on efforts to clean up phosphorus pollution in Lake Champlain....  Go to full article
Re-enactors haul the cannon. Photo: Joseph Andriano

Remembering the troops, recreating history at America's fort

Fort Ticonderoga is "America's fort" perched on the New York side of Lake Champlain, it was instrumental in the American Revolution and other early wars. Now, it's a...  Go to full article
The poposed Vermont Gas Systems pipeline runs from Cornwall, VT to Ticonderoga, NY. Map: Addison County Regional Planning Commission

Critics, supporters tangle over pipeline under Lake Champlain

SHOREHAM, Vt. (AP) Critics and supporters of a plan by Vermont Gas to extend a natural gas pipeline through parts of western Vermont to New York are voicing their opinions...  Go to full article
Several CSX trains carrying crude oil derailed and exploded last week in Lynchburg, VA. Photo: Elyssa Ezmirly, used with permission

Feds order disclosure of crude oil train shipments

Railroads will have to tell emergency responders when and where shipments of crude oil are traveling on the rails. That's according to a new order the U.S. Department of...  Go to full article
Tanker cars outside the depot in the village of Port Henry. Photo: Brian Mann

Is the Champlain Valley vulnerable to an oil train spill?

Last year's deadly train explosion in Quebec put the potential dangers of so-called "oil trains" in the headlines. Trains now carry 160,000 barrels of crude oil from the...  Go to full article
43.7? Too cold. Amy says to wait for 50 degree (F) soil temperature before planting peas. Photo: <a href="">Stephen Cochran</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

When it's right to plant peas

The sun is out. The air is warm. It's late April. The crocuses are up and the daffodils aren't far behind. So, time to plant some peas, and maybe some lettuce, right? ...  Go to full article

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