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The St. Lawrence County Youth Bureau Program works with Cindy Quackenbush on the garden. Photo: Jasmine Wallace
The St. Lawrence County Youth Bureau Program works with Cindy Quackenbush on the garden. Photo: Jasmine Wallace

Garden welcomes butterflies and their hungry catepillars

Toward the end of her career as a schoolteacher, Cindy Quackenbush realized that the number of monarch butterflies in the area was dwindling. She decided her retirement project would be encouraging monarchs and other butterflies.

She's creating new habitats for the butterflies. One butterfly garden is taking shape in front of the new E.J. Noble Hospital Building in Canton.

Jasmine Wallace caught up with Cindy and the youth crew working on the garden.  Go to full article
Dr. Aileen O'Donoghue, St. Lawrence University
Dr. Aileen O'Donoghue, St. Lawrence University

In the night sky: stars, planets and a meteor shower

Astronomer Aileen O'Donoghue stopped by the studios this morning with an update on stars and planets to watch for this summer. Venus has risen in the morning sky. Mars, Saturn and Spica are near the horizon after sunset. And the Perseid meteor shower is on its way in the next two weeks.

O'Donoghue teaches physics at St. Lawrence University. She told Martha Foley she's also looking forward to the landing of NASA's "Curiosity" science lab on Mars August 6.  Go to full article
Matt Murray, (center, red T-shirt) brought more than 60 veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and their family members to Lake Placid for a tour of the area's Olympic venues. Photo: Chris Morris, courtesy Adirondack Daily EnterpriseEnterprise
Matt Murray, (center, red T-shirt) brought more than 60 veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and their family members to Lake Placid for a tour of the area's Olympic venues. Photo: Chris Morris, courtesy Adirondack Daily EnterpriseEnterprise

Boy Scout leads Lake Placid Olympic tour

A 16-year-old from the Troy area helped bring a group of more than 60 people, including Armed Services veterans and their families, to Lake Placid last week to tour Olympic sites and dine at the local American Legion hall.

Matt Murray, of Brunswick, is a junior at Tamarac High School and a member of Boy Scouts of America Troop 537. The Lake Placid trip was part of his Eagle Scout project, which he hopes to complete soon. Chris Morris caught up with the group and has our story.  Go to full article
Harvesting. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/wwworks/">woodleywonderworks</a>, cc <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>

In the garden: what's ready, and what's not

So, when is that tomato ready to pick? What about the onions? Green or red peppers? Cornell Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy shares ideas on when to pick some favorite garden produce in her weekly chat with Martha Foley.  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
Army worms. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/agrilifetoday/">AgriLife Today</a>. cc, <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
Army worms. Photo: AgriLife Today. cc, some rights reserved

Second army worms outbreak threatens hay crops; late blight worries vegetable growers

A second generation of army worms is threatening hay crops in the region, after an initial invasion in June destroyed some farmers' grains. Late blight is another threat to farmers this year.  Go to full article
Photo courtesy www.visit1000islands.com
Photo courtesy www.visit1000islands.com

Survey finds seasonal residents spend about $28m/year in Jefferson County

A new survey out from Jefferson Community College for the 1000 Islands International Tourism Council finds seasonal residents are spending about $28 million a year in the local economy. The Center for Community Studies at JCC put together the 100-question survey, and sent out about 4,000 copies. The center got back 974 "credible" responses, and DeYoung says they're revealing.

Nora Flaherty had a chance to talk with DeYoung, and asked him what the council was hoping to learn with the survey.  Go to full article
One of the robot zone exhibits at the Potsdam Summer Fest.
One of the robot zone exhibits at the Potsdam Summer Fest.

North Country Children's Museum starts with traveling exhibit

The North Country Children's Museum is slated to open its doors in the fall of 2015. But organizers aren't waiting three years to start reaching out to their potential audience. They're on the road with a traveling exhibit this summer, visiting festivals and conferences with what they call their museum without walls. Jasmine Wallace ran across the robot zone booth in the middle of the busy, noisy Potsdam Summer festival earlier this month.  Go to full article
Clare and Carl's hot dog stand in Plattsburgh has served Michigans for more than half a century. Photo: Sarah Harris
Clare and Carl's hot dog stand in Plattsburgh has served Michigans for more than half a century. Photo: Sarah Harris

Michigans: a North Country delicacy

The North Country has its own special take on the hotdog: michigans. They're a beef or pork hot dog, or sometimes a Malone-made Glazier, slathered in mustard, onions, and a rich meat sauce. Michigans are stick-to-your-ribs type food. They first appeared in Plattsburgh in the 1920s and have a storied history in the Champlain Valley. On a hot July Friday, Sarah Harris visited michigan stands across Plattsburgh, ate one and a half hot dogs, and has our story.  Go to full article
A Bixi Bike stand in Ottawa. Photo:<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jfingas/">Jon Fingas</a>, <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/deed.en">cc, some rights reserved</a>
A Bixi Bike stand in Ottawa. Photo:Jon Fingas, cc, some rights reserved

Ups and downs of Ottawa bike-sharing

All over Ottawa, you can spot clusters of red bikes parked on street corners. They're known as Bixi bikes; it's a bike-sharing program that's supposed to make it easy for tourists to get around the city. There are 25 bike stations all over the dowtown area. And the same model is used in Washington DC, Boston, Toronto and Montreal. But as reporter Karen Kelly discovered, there are a few challenges to mastering the Bixi bike experience.  Go to full article

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