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Photo: <a href=" https://www.flickr.com/photos/dougbrown47/9478231418/"> Doug Brown</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Doug Brown, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Events across Vermont to mark Independence Day

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont will be buzzing with extra events to celebrate the Independence Day holiday this week.

Vermont officials say there will be at least 17 fireworks shows, a dozen parades and 95 special events planned for Fourth of July weekend celebrations.  Go to full article
New York Air National Guard members loading trees donated to the Trees for Troops program by Ellms Christmas Tree Farm in 2012. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/96225726@N08/8803994313/">2nd Lt. Colette Martin, New York National Guard</a>
New York Air National Guard members loading trees donated to the Trees for Troops program by Ellms Christmas Tree Farm in 2012. Photo: 2nd Lt. Colette Martin, New York National Guard

Christmas trees donated to Fort Drum families

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) Soldiers and their families at Fort Drum are getting a bit of holiday cheer.

Base officials say about 700 farm-grown Christmas trees will be delivered to 10th Mountain Division headquarters Monday morning for distribution to families.

The trees are being donated through the Trees for Troops program run by the Christmas Spirit Foundation. Trees for Troops expects to deliver more than 17,000 trees this year to soldiers at more than 60 bases.  Go to full article
Christmas tree farm. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/39792195@N00/3114276220/">Melissa</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Christmas tree farm. Photo: Melissa, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Yes, you can enjoy a Christmas tree, guilt-free

Just in case you're feeling guilty about cutting a tree for Christmas, or buying a cut tree, or if you just feel bad when you see all those formerly live trees, Amy Ivy says, don't worry.

Amy is horticulturist with the Cooperative Extension Service. She tells Martha Foley Christmas trees are another valuable regional crop, and a good example of a renewable resource.  Go to full article
Winterberry and white cedar make a quick, and long-lasting, winter bouquet. Photo by Martha Foley
Winterberry and white cedar make a quick, and long-lasting, winter bouquet. Photo by Martha Foley

Native reds and greens for the holidays

After Thanksgiving...and time to look ahead to the next big holiday. It's been a great year for fruit, including the fruit of our native holly. Winterberry comes into its own about now, and it's a great addition to indoor decor.

Martha Foley and Amy Ivy talk about where to look in your backyard and beyond for winterberry and lots of other wreath and bouquet materials.  Go to full article
Long Lake kindergarteners and first graders fill their plates with turkey and the trimmings. Photo: Todd Moe
Long Lake kindergarteners and first graders fill their plates with turkey and the trimmings. Photo: Todd Moe

Thanksgiving as a teaching moment in Long Lake

Students, teachers and staff at Long Lake Central School celebrated Thanksgiving with a special lunch last week. It included turkey and the usual side dishes: potatoes, stuffing, corn bread, carrots, and lots of pie for dessert.

For the last four years, the school has celebrated the Holiday with special meals during their usual lunch periods. But last Thursday, the entire school celebrated with one big meal--everyone ate together in the gymnasium. The highlight was locally grown vegetables and dishes prepared by the students.

The staff and teachers are hoping the annual event allows their students to learn more about creating community, cooperation and fun by commemorating our national harvest festival. Todd Moe was invited to last year's Thanksgiving lunch in Long Lake.  Go to full article

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Coming into Saranac Lake on Route 3 in early evening of the first significant snowstorm of 2012. Photo: Mark Kurtz
Coming into Saranac Lake on Route 3 in early evening of the first significant snowstorm of 2012. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Snowstorm will slow holiday travel throughout the region

It looks like people across a broad swath of New York, Ontario and Vermont are in for some hard traveling this from a major winter storm bearing down on the region from the Midwest.

A major low pressure system originating from the Gulf of Mexico is expected to intensify and begin dropping rain and snow on eastern Ontario this afternoon.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for much of upstate New York and northern Vermont from late today through tomorrow evening.  Go to full article
Massive bonfires ring Great Sacandaga Lake, marking the end of summer.  (Photo:  Brian Mann)
Massive bonfires ring Great Sacandaga Lake, marking the end of summer. (Photo: Brian Mann)

On Great Sacandaga Lake, summer ends in a "Ring of Fire"

We all know that North Country summers end in ice. Labor Day weekend gives way to an all-too-short autumn, to longer nights, and then to the first snow.

But on the shore of Great Sacandaga Lake, in the southern Adirondacks, locals and seasonal visitors celebrate the end of summer with fire.

Every Labor Day weekend for fifteen years, hundreds of people gather on the shore, building massive bonfires and holding impromptu firework shows.

Brian Mann was on the beach for this year's Ring of Fire and send this audio postcard.  Go to full article
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo during an interview with an Enterprise reporter at the newspaper's offices Friday in Saranac Lake. Photo: Mike Lynch, courtesy <a href="https://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/">Adirondack Daily Enterprise</a>
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo during an interview with an Enterprise reporter at the newspaper's offices Friday in Saranac Lake. Photo: Mike Lynch, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Cuomo drops in to talk Adirondack issues

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his family have spent the last few days vacationing in the Adirondacks. Cuomo's two daughters have been skiing at Whiteface Mountain while the governor has been working on his State of the State speech.

The governor paid a surprise visit to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise offices in Saranac Lake Friday where he sat down for a cup of coffee with the newspaper's staff and talked about tourism, hydraulic fracturing, the state's property tax cap and other topics.  Go to full article

Plants to brighten the holiday season

Rows of poinsettias, clusters of cyclamen--favorite seasonal plants are crowding florist shops and supermarkets.

Cornell Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy talks with Martha Foley about getting the most from these flowering plants.  Go to full article

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