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Toys for Tots is a national program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/marine_corps/8245135160/">United States Marine Corps</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Toys for Tots is a national program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Photo: United States Marine Corps, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Possible letdown for needy St. Lawrence Co. children

There's a chance the Toys for Tots program won't be able to help kids in need in St. Lawrence County this holiday season. Last year, Toys for Tots made Christmas a little brighter for more than 6,000 kids in the county.

Toys for Tots is a national charity, run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Each holiday season, the volunteer staff organizes toy drives and gives presents to needy children.

This year, it's complicated. Raymond Cutway, the longtime coordinator for the county, is stepping down. And the organization is having trouble finding someone to take his place.  Go to full article
Happy Earth Day Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/eraphernalia_vintage/4544738487">Cheryl</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Happy Earth Day Photo: Cheryl, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY agency sponsors week of Earth Day events

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The state Department of Environmental Conservation is commemorating the 44th Anniversary of Earth Day with a weeklong series of events around the state.

The activities include hikes, wildlife watching, tree-planting and educational exhibits.  Go to full article
Algonquin Park Wolves. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jdbsound/3968088234/">JDB Photos</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Algonquin Park Wolves. Photo: JDB Photos, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Howling for wolves

During the holidays we're listening back to some of our favorite stories from 2013. This morning we go back to late summer, and up to Algonquin Provincial Park, where for the past fifty years, people from all around the world have made the journey to hear wolves howl. The Eastern Timber Wolf lived across the eastern United States before humans virtually erased it from the landscape. But in some parts of Canada, the Eastern Wolf is alive and well. Reporter Natasha Haverty sent this postcard.

(Note: While August is the best time to hear wolves at the park, the rangers told us that now is the best time to see them, when the trees are bare and the contrast in the landscape is stronger.)  Go to full article
Grytviken, South Georgia Island. Photo: <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Grytviken_Harbour,_Island_of_South_Georgia,_United_Kingdom.jpg">Lexaxis7</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Grytviken, South Georgia Island. Photo: Lexaxis7, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

New Year's Eve in the loneliest time zone

2014 begins at 00:00 AM January first local time. Here in Canton, NY that will occur 5 hours after it does in Great Britain, home of Greenwich Mean Time (which is now called UTC, Universal Coordinated Time).

Other places have different UTC offsets, Chicago is UTC-6, Japan UTC+9 etc. But what about UTC-2?

UTC-2 is in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, and at its very southern end lies South Georgia Island, the only inhabited place in the zone! It's located just 1,400 miles from Argentina (which claims the Island as well as Great Britain) and 1,000 from Antarctica.

Confirming this wasn't easy. I found only three phone numbers listed for the Island (it has a population of 28). One for the whaling museum in Grytkiven and two for the Government offices on nearby King Edward Point.

I spoke with Tom Brannon via Skype to see what life is like on New Year's Eve in UTC-2.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/commonwealthclub/8428531706/">Commonwealth Club</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Commonwealth Club, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Justice Sotomayor to helm Times Square ball drop

NEW YORK (AP) The countdown to the new year in Times Square is getting some high-profile help -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

The organizers of the annual celebration announced Sunday that Sotomayor will lead the final 60-second countdown and push the ceremonial button to signal the descent of the Times Square New Year's Eve ball.  Go to full article
Christmas Cactus in bloom. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/skynoir/4160484800">Sky Noir</a>, Creative Commons, some roghts reserved
Christmas Cactus in bloom. Photo: Sky Noir, Creative Commons, some roghts reserved

Keeping holiday greenery happy

Did you get a plant as a gift for the holidays? Horticulturist Amy Ivy has some winter indoor plant care tips for poinsettias, Christmas cactus, cyclamens, and ideas for recycling the Christmas tree.  Go to full article
The Adirondack Express heading towards Penn Station. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/96536917@N00/8542793641/">P. Romaine</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved.
The Adirondack Express heading towards Penn Station. Photo: P. Romaine, Creative Commons, some rights reserved.

Listen: Goodbye, hometown

It's travel time for a lot of people this week. But one family from the north country recently made a bigger journey than most--all the way to sunny California, and they did the whole trip by train. And they had a one way ticket, the family was making a new start on the west coast. Their mother was feeling shy, but the two brothers met reporter Natasha Haverty in the train's dining car. The 8-year-old Adam, and 15-year-old Julian, who was traveling with his guitar around his neck, are today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article
Fortunately, Walldroff's Farm Equipment in Watertown had power on Christmas Eve. Santa's taking a tractor this year. Photo: Joanna Richards
Fortunately, Walldroff's Farm Equipment in Watertown had power on Christmas Eve. Santa's taking a tractor this year. Photo: Joanna Richards

Some celebrate dark, chilly Christmas Eve but it's not all bad

Utility crews worked down to the wire last night to try to get everyone's lights and heat back on by Christmas morning. Most of the 70,000 customers who lost power during the ice storm had it on again by yesterday evening. But a handful of residents celebrated a dark and chilly Christmas Eve.  Go to full article
A mix of trees planted in April will give Empire Evergreen farm an idea of how well the new Turkish fir will thrive. Photo by Matt Martin, WSKG
A mix of trees planted in April will give Empire Evergreen farm an idea of how well the new Turkish fir will thrive. Photo by Matt Martin, WSKG

Christmas tree farm branches out to fight disease

Every year, Christmas tree farmers lose some of their crop to disease.

A fungus that attacks the root of the tree is well-established in many parts of the country. And it's more and more of a problem for New York tree farmers.

One tree farm in the Southern Tier is trying out a species of fir that seems to be more resistant to the disease.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mek22/413951082/">Matt Kemberling</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Matt Kemberling, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Xmas eve flood at Hotel Saranac

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise is reporting that a serious flood struck last night in the basement of the historic Hotel Saranac in Saranac Lake.

According to the newspaper, firefighters and village workers spent part of Christmas eve pumping between six and ten feet of water out of the buiding's basement.  Go to full article

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