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Lenny Merculdi and Blake Putnam fill the "Bigfoot" with used plastics. Photo: David Sommerstein
Lenny Merculdi and Blake Putnam fill the "Bigfoot" with used plastics. Photo: David Sommerstein

Story 2.0: More farmers recycle ag plastics

Four years ago, state environmental officials made it illegal to burn trash and other waste anywhere in New York. That meant the end of the burn barrel, then a common sight across the countryside. Burn barrels were a major source of cancer-causing dioxin and other toxic chemicals in the air.

The burn ban also meant farmers could no longer burn the agricultural plastics that have become ubiquitous in farming. Trucking them to a landfill is the most common, but expensive, alternative. But more and more farmers are recycling them.

Our ongoing series, Story 2.0, checks back in on stories from the past.  Go to full article
F-35A fighters. Photo: USAF

Air Force: F-35 will come to Burlington

The F-35, the Air Force's new, expensive fighter jet, has a new home: Burlington, Vermont. In 2020, 18 planes will come to the Vermont Air National Guard base at the Burlington Airport and replace the existing F-16s.

The debate over whether to bring the F-35 to town has divided people in Chittenden County for years. Opponents say noise levels from the plane will adversely affect people who live near the airport, including children and minority populations. Supporters say the plan will keep the Air Guard in the area, provide jobs and spur economic growth.  Go to full article
A moderator asks all the parents in the audience to raise their hands. Photo: Sarah Harris

In Plattburgh, hundreds talk Common Core

Over 200 teachers, parents, students, and administrators gathered at SUNY Plattsburgh last night to talk about the new Common Core curriculum and testing in public school.

Assemblywoman Janet Duprey says a lot of her constituents are worried about the new curriculum.  Go to full article

James Calnon wins Plattsburgh mayoral race

The city of Plattsburgh has a new mayor this morning, with Republican James Calnon taking the seat that was vacated by Mayor Donald Kasprzak, who chose not to run again....  Go to full article
Eric Andrus working on his farm-to-market sailboat. Photo: Sarah Harris

Sail barge Ceres brings Champlain Valley produce to NYC

Vermont farmer Eric Andrus just completed a major voyage. Andrus built a sail-powered, carbon-neutral cargo barge called the Ceres. He filled it with produce, and sailed it...  Go to full article
Plattsburgh City Hall. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Three candidates seek to become Plattsburgh mayor

Voters go to the polls in Plattsburgh tomorrow to elect a new mayor. Incumbent Republican Donald Kasprzak decided not to seek re-election.

Democrat Mark Tiffer,...  Go to full article
Some green groups say valuable forest lands would be lost in the proposed NYCO land swap. Photo:  Brian Mann

2 Adirondack land swaps proposals on ballot

Two of the six amendments on Tuesday's ballot deal with land swaps in the Adirondack Park. One of the proposals has split environmental groups.

Proposition 4 would...  Go to full article
The Whallonsburg Grange was built in 1915. Photo: Kathleen Recchia

Whallonsburg Grange hosts "Songs for the Day of Dead"

Songs for Halloween, murder ballads and gospel tunes will fill the Whallonsburg Grange Hall on Friday at 7:30 pm. Songs to Celebrate the Day of the Dead will feature...  Go to full article
Essex, NY. Photo: <a href="">Raymond Johnston</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

41 horses seized for neglect in Essex

Forty-one malnourished horses have been seized from a property in the town of Essex in the Champlain Valley. That's according to a ...  Go to full article
With cold nights and sunny days bright fall foliage is finally here. Archive Photo of the Day: Patricia Lincourt.

How to help plants survive a frost or two

Scattered frost doesn't necessarily mean the end of the vegetable garden. Some tender leafy plants won't survive (basil, winter squash...), and fruits like tomatoes and...  Go to full article

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