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Catherine Matthews, director of the Canton food pantry. Photo: Canton Church and Community Program
Catherine Matthews, director of the Canton food pantry. Photo: Canton Church and Community Program

New program will help St. Lawrence County food banks keep shelves fuller

A new delivery method will help St. Lawrence County food banks keep their shelves full. The Food Bank of Central New York's new retail partnership program in St. Lawrence County will expedite donations from Walmart.

The idea is simple: to get food to the people who need it faster, in a year when the brutally cold weather has made it harder for people already struggling to make ends meet.  Go to full article
Snow graffiti at Canton Central School. Archive Photo of the Day: Lizette C. Haenel, Canton NY.
Snow graffiti at Canton Central School. Archive Photo of the Day: Lizette C. Haenel, Canton NY.

School "snow days" dwindle as snow piles up

This winter's extreme cold and heaps of snow have caused havoc for travelers and homeowners, and could end up rewriting the spring break calendars for some North Country school districts.

About a half dozen schools in Jefferson and Lewis counties canceled classes again last Friday because of heavy snow.  Go to full article
Home heating systems can make it hard to provide humidity for houseplants in winter. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/spaceamoeba/4171028387/">spaceamoeba</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Home heating systems can make it hard to provide humidity for houseplants in winter. Photo: spaceamoeba, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Keeping houseplants healthy in harsh winter conditions

With the bitter cold outside, the heat will be turned up inside the house. That means dryer air will be rising right towards the houseplants on the windowsill. It's tough times for those houseplants.

Martha Foley discusses options with Amy Ivy, horticulturist with Cornell Cooperative Extension Service of Clinton and Essex Counties.  Go to full article
New Year's frost.  Photo:  Todd Moe
New Year's frost. Photo: Todd Moe

What's that noise? Could be a cryoseism

If you've heard a loud boom, cracking sound, or bump in the night recently, it may be what's called a cryoseism. Scientists say they occur when water builds up in soil and expands. When the pressure gets too great, the rock and soil collapse, creating the noise. Sometimes it can be startling.

Potsdam geologist Frank Revetta says these so called "frost quakes" are not uncommon, and may be happening more often because of recent precipitation and bitter cold temperatures.  Go to full article

Vermont woman, 86, found by troopers without heat

GEORGIA, Vt. (AP) Vermont State Police troopers say they found an 86-year-old woman alone in her home in the town of Georgia when the outside temperature was in the low teens.

Police went to the address Monday after dispatchers received a 911 hang-up call.
The woman was dressed in heavy winter clothes and was trying to find blankets to keep herself and a small dog warm.

The troopers found wood pellets to start a fire and they called the Joyal Fuel Company of Fairfax, which put 100 gallons of oil in the woman's tank.  Go to full article

Flu virus flourishes in cold

Researchers have known for a long time that cold weather brings the flu season. But they haven't known exactly why. Now, they think they know why cold weather affects how flu is spread. Mark Brush has more.  Go to full article

Commentary: Caught by the Bitter Cold

It isn't as if we don't know there's bitter cold coming every winter. Last week's cold snap took lots of folks by surprise. Even our commentator Betsy Kepes, a hardy North Country native, got caught short.  Go to full article
David Cyr (2nd from right) and party on Brandy Brook
David Cyr (2nd from right) and party on Brandy Brook

Ice Fishing on the St. Lawrence

The long, cold winter has made for an extra long, if frigid, season for the St. Lawrence River's many ice fishermen. Saturday is the last day of the season on the river. So before the ice shanties came down, David Sommerstein hiked out to the windswept bays to see how the catch has been.  Go to full article

Commentary: Bitter Cold

Okay, it's been really cold, and for long enough that it's crept into the house, and down into the ground. Pipes that haven't frozen in years have frozen this week. Trees popped with cold under Saturday night's huge moon. Cars don't start. Commentator Elle Berger knows all this is true, but she's looking ahead.  Go to full article

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