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Fluctuating temperatures raise concerns over farming

Temperatures this winter have left a lot of people wondering... December's 70-degree days caused flowers to bloom - but also contributed to concerns over global warming. This week's cold snap - reassuring to some - has raised new questions about the health of the North Country's ecosystem.

What do these fluctuating temperatures do to plants, soils and watersheds? Was there any damage to area farms? Or livestock? Jonathan Brown put these questions to farm-business manager Bill Van Loo, at the Cornell Cooperative Extension.  Go to full article

Winter comes back to the North Country

Winter finally returned to the North Country today with snow, freezing rain and wintry conditions that have mostly been a no-show this season.

Tree limbs and power lines are snapping. In Saratoga County, an estimated 40,000 people are without power. It's not expected to be restored until tomorrow.

The Red Cross is opening a shelter and warming center for area residents at the Maple Avenue Middle School between Six and Seven tonight.

Western and central New York metro areas are also reporting up to a half-inch of ice on roads, trees and power lines. As a result, almost 40,000 homes in the Syracuse area are without power - more than 50,000 homes around Rochester.

Roads are tied up because of snow, accidents and even some fatalities across the region.

A harried officer at the State Police headquarters in Ray Brook said, "There are more accidents than I have time to count." He warns that all roads are now snow-covered and slippery.

To get a better sense of the weather system that has moved in to the area, Jonathan Brown called the National Weather Service in Burlington, Vermont. Meteorologist Brook Taber, says things are just getting back to normal.  Go to full article

Warm temperatures affect North Country farms

The region's warm weather has hurt some winter tourism, but it may be helping North Country farmers. Jonathan Brown talked to Bill Van Loo from the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Canton. Van Loo says warm weather now isn't necessarily bad for farms, but he worries North Country farmers will pay for the warm spell later.  Go to full article

IP tire burn canceled

International Paper has canceled a controversial plan to burn tire chips as an alternative fuel source at the company's mill in Ticonderoga. IP announced yesterday that had...  Go to full article
Lee (David Bishins) and Austin (Justin Walvoord). Photo by Lindsay Raymondjack

Theatre review: True West at Vermont Stage in Burlington

True West has opened the season at Vermont Stage on runs through October 29. Resident theatre critic Connie Meng was at the opening night and has our review.  Go to full article
Actor Tracey Girdich portrays "Sarah" in "The Bus" at the FlynnSpace this week

Preview: The Bus premieres at the FlynnSpace

The Bus, a new play by Vermont writer Jim Lantz opens tonight at Burlington's FlynnSpace. Set in small-town America, The Bus is the story of two teens caught...  Go to full article
Atlantic Crossing: Viveka Fox, Peter Macfarlane, Brian Perkins and Rick Klein

Battle of Plattsburgh heroes inspire new music

Battle of Plattsburgh commemorative events are underway this week in Plattsburgh and nearby communities. Last Thursday night, Atlantic Crossing, a Vermont English and...  Go to full article

Vermont walk highlights global warming

More than 600 people walked into Burlington yesterday in what organizers said was the country's largest global warming demonstration yet. Marchers are calling for political...  Go to full article

Vermont walk promotes global warming solutions

Vermonters have organized a five-day walk from Ripton to Burlington this Labor Day weekend to call attention to global climate change. The walk culminates Monday afternoon...  Go to full article

Champlain Valley Fair opens Saturday

The 85th Champlain Valley Fair opens Saturday and runs through Labor Day in Essex Junction, Vermont. Spokesman Stephen Mease says it's Vermont's largest fair and biggest...  Go to full article

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