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Olympians parade on a wintry day in Lake Placid. Photo: Andy Flynn
Olympians parade on a wintry day in Lake Placid. Photo: Andy Flynn

In Lake Placid, Oympians parade home

Lake Placid celebrated its Olympic heritage Sunday by welcoming back a dozen athletes who competed in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Many live there, full time or part time, and train at the venues that once hosted the 1932 and 1980 Winter Games.

The celebration included a parade, speeches, fireworks and a chance to meet the Olympians.  Go to full article
Martha Foley's husband Everett Smith illustrating how deep the snow is inside their 7-foot garden fence, last Thursday just after the last big snow. Photo: Martha Foley
Martha Foley's husband Everett Smith illustrating how deep the snow is inside their 7-foot garden fence, last Thursday just after the last big snow. Photo: Martha Foley

Your garden and the deep, deep cold

Extreme cold nights this week are adding to concerns about how this cold, snowy and icy winter will affect how the yard and garden will grow this year. How deep is the frostline? Is the snow cover protecting perennials? Or is an icy crust smothering the grass? What about flowering shrubs?

Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy says the consequences of the winter likely won't be good, especially as trees and shrubs may be beginning to "wake up" as spring approaches. That makes them more vulnerable to the cold. But she says there really isn't much you can do, except wait and see.  Go to full article
Glens Falls, late this morning. Photo: Rita Grinbergs
Glens Falls, late this morning. Photo: Rita Grinbergs

Your pics of the latest storm

The last day has seen yet another snowstorm in our region, dumping up to two feet of snow in some areas, making travel hazardous, and reminding us all that winter's not going out without a fight.

We asked you via Facebook and Twitter to send your shots and share your impressions of what the snowstorm looks like where you are. We'll update this as more photos come in -- if you have a pic to send, please do so at nora@ncpr.org. You can also submit on Facebook or on Twitter @ncpr. Meanwhile, have fun digging out!  Go to full article
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
Black-capped Chickadee. Photo:<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/qmnonic/3460388725/sizes/z/in/photolist-6gMp1z-dn2KVz-dn2KSp-dn2KXZ-eiFs8t-duFntF-duLYgL-drk5Um-5Yhxmu-dcCkh3-dcCk8C-5YXb8i-9aQbFz-drUZ2D-5T7xSQ-8RDYrJ-9KkBzB-8RtU1y-8D47iy-66tKhv-dPGVZf-dPBjbx-w3v9G-dTDPUj-bLU5Lr-dPGW4s-dPBjd2-7Jh96c-619Z61-e2FAaR-e2MeLh-e4mU7b-e9Whvd-e3xogj-e3rH7v-e3xoVA-duFusg-5krqCe-7GcWHx-5krqFi-w9SBp-w9SBx-4DSarN-cBKotN-kAwSDH-9hTPeG-919pD8-kAwAT6-axfhZG-dBpK3Z-jjtUyz/">Matt MacGillivray</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Black-capped Chickadee. Photo:Matt MacGillivray, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

How birds talk: Whallonsburg will host bird language expert

We're just about two weeks away from the first day of spring, but if you look out the window there's still lots of snow and ice across our region. Birds are starting to return, though, and Connor Stedman is watching, and listening.

Stedman is a lifelong naturalist with years of experience sharing nature awareness and traditional skills with students of all ages. He's the director of the Vermont Wilderness School and teaches classes in bird language, wild crafting, and land stewardship around the Northeast. He'll give a lecture tonight at 7:00 at the Whallonsburgh Grange Hall titled "Bird Language through the Seasons" and then he'll lead a field class tomorrow, trekking outside to listen for winter bird language and watch for behavior.

During the lecture he'll review the basics of bird language and explore how birds journey through the seasons, and how they strategize to survive, especially during a tough winter like this one. He spoke this morning with Todd Moe.  Go to full article
A frozen Lake Michigan. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dasqfamily/189786384/">dasqfamily</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A frozen Lake Michigan. Photo: dasqfamily, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Great Lakes become nearly covered with ice

CHEBOYGAN, Mich. (AP) It's been so bitterly cold for so long that the Great Lakes are almost completely covered with ice for the first time in 20 years.

The last time they came this close was in 1994, when 94 percent of the lakes' surface was frozen. As of Wednesday, ice cover extended across 87 percent. That's according to the federal government's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor.  Go to full article

This weekend in the Adirondacks

This is John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack with your look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this Presidents Day Weekend.

This will be another outstanding opportunity for wintertime outdoor recreation.  Go to full article
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Photo: GP(MPK), Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Natural Selections: Cryoseisms and other sounds of ice

One of the features of a hard winter can be loud spooky booming noises. These may be cryoseisms or "icequakes," caused when masses of ice expand and contract until they reach a breaking point. The sound signals the release of large amounts of energy.

Lake ice can also make alarming noises; some expert skaters can accurately estimate the thickness of the ice from the pitch of the noise. Ice expansion within trees and within homes can also add to winter jitters. Martha Foley and Curt Stager listen to the winter.  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
Photo: Snocade Committee, used by permission
Photo: Snocade Committee, used by permission

Indian Lake Snocade fest embraces winter with outdoor and indoor fun

Indian Lake has been celebrating snowmobiling and winter activities for nearly 30 years: snowmobile rides, skiing, snowshoe softball and winter hikes.

The Adirondack town at the hub of miles of snowmobile trails will kick off its inaugural "SnoCade" on Friday, Feb. 14, to run through the 23rd. Organizer Sally Stanton talks with Todd Moe about how seriously Indian Lake residents take winter fun, of both the outdoor and indoor varieties.  Go to full article

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