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Algae bloom. Photo: Lake George Waterkeeper
Algae bloom. Photo: Lake George Waterkeeper

Blue green algae may have caused fish kill in Lake Champlain

Blue-green algae blooms in Lake Champlain have intensified with late summer heat. Rouses Point, Missisquoi Bay, and North Beach in Burlington all issued warnings last week, and scientists say the algae blooms may have triggered a fish kill several weeks ago in Missisquoi Bay.  Go to full article

This weekend in the Adirondacks

John Warren, of the Adirondack Almanack, joins us Friday mornings with information about local outdoor and back country conditions.  Go to full article

This weekend in the Adirondacks

John Warren, of the Adirondack Almanack, joins us Friday mornings with information about local outdoor and backcountry conditions.  Go to full article
Apple orchard at harvest time. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/people/88499915@N00/">Winnie Au</a>, cc <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
Apple orchard at harvest time. Photo: Winnie Au, cc some rights reserved

Defying weather, North Country apples thrive

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is predicting low yield for New York's apple crop, about half of last year. Growers blame the spring weather: It was unseasonably warm in March, and trees started to bud. In some areas, they bloomed. Then in April, temperatures dipped below freezing, killing the blossoms. It's the same story in many apple growing states, including Washington and Michigan.

NCPR has been checking in with Patricia Sheehan of Rulf's Orchard in Peru throughout the season. And when Julie Grant spoke with her this week, Sheehan had good news: Her trees, and many in the North Country, didn't bloom in March, and so weren't killed off in the April frost. Still, she says the dry summer has had an effect on the apples.  Go to full article
Black-and-Yellow Argiope (Argiope aurantia)  photo: Will Cook
Black-and-Yellow Argiope (Argiope aurantia) photo: Will Cook

Garden spider is intimidating, but a friend to gardeners

One of the largest and brightest spiders found in and around gardens in the North Country is the garden spider, also known as the black-and-yellow spider. They're big and kind of intimidating, but horticulturist Amy Ivy says they are harmless to humans and helpful to gardeners. She spoke with Todd Moe about garden variety spiders.  Go to full article

This weekend in the Adirondacks

John Warren, of the Adirondack Almanack, joins us Friday mornings with information about local outdoor and back-country conditions.  Go to full article
Jackie Altman paints "en plein air" near Lake Placid.
Jackie Altman paints "en plein air" near Lake Placid.

Art that conveys a sense of immediacy

Many Adirondack artists will tell you that our region offers nearly all the elements a landscape painter looks for - mountains, trees, waterways and ever-changing hues of green, gray and blue. You'll find dozens of artists outdoors this week in the Adirondacks painting "plein air" during Saranac Lake's Fourth Annual Plein Air Festival, part of the "Great Adirondack Days" celebration.

It's a time-honored tradition, particularly by artists who want to convey a sense of immediacy. They'll find a spot with a great view of a mountain or along a stream, prop up an easel and paint just as they see it. Most works are completed within hours on the spot. Spontaneity is key. Bugs, rain and fleeting sunlight are challenges.

Last summer, Todd Moe tagged along when Lake Placid artist Jackie Altman returned to a favorite spot with views of some of the High Peaks.  Go to full article
Spined soldier bug eating Mexican bean beetle larvae. Photo: USDA
Spined soldier bug eating Mexican bean beetle larvae. Photo: USDA

Bugs in your garden? Look closer!

Cornell Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy confesses a passion for beneficial insects in her weekly conversation with Martha Foley. In fact, she says some of the creepiest looking insects are among the best. They talk about ladybug larva and other alligator-like young, spined soldier bugs, hover flies, and more.  Go to full article

This weekend in the Adirondacks

John Warren, of the Adirondack Almanack, joins us Friday mornings with information about local outdoor and back-country conditions.  Go to full article
The Palace Theater in Lake Placid, late on a Saturday night. Photos: Natasha Haverty
The Palace Theater in Lake Placid, late on a Saturday night. Photos: Natasha Haverty

The Last Picture Show? The future of small movie theaters in the North Country

The last decade or so, the North Country has seen a rebirth of its small-town movie theaters. Screens from Tupper Lake to Indian Lake to Ausable Forks have reopened. From Canton to Old Forge, small cinemas are often a big part of the local nightlife, offering a spark of light and glitz.

But the movie industry is changing, shifting fast from old-fashioned film projectors to new, high-tech digital systems. As Natasha Haverty reports, the price tag for that conversion is high and some North Country theater owners worry they might not survive the transition.  Go to full article

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