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The Ontario men's curling championships in Smiths Falls, Ont. Photo: Sarah Harris
The Ontario men's curling championships in Smiths Falls, Ont. Photo: Sarah Harris

Listen: curling, a love story

The Ontario curling championships were held in Smiths Falls last week.

For the uninitiated, curling (also known as "chess on ice") is a sport where players slide stones across a sheet of ice toward a target area.

It's said to have been invented in medieval Scotland; today, it's an Olympic sport.  Go to full article
Crescent moon with Venus and Jupiter near. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/harshanm/3073301812/">harshanm</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Crescent moon with Venus and Jupiter near. Photo: harshanm, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Heads-up, star-gazers! Venus is back

Lots of news from St. Lawrence University astronomer Aileen O'Donoghue this morning. She stopped by the NCPR studios to share the monthly update with Martha Foley.

Item: Venus has popped back up in the morning sky.

Item: You can still see the moons of Jupiter with binoculars, in the west after dark.

Item: Groundhog Day's roots go deeper than a hill in Pennsylvania; it marks the midpoint between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.

Item: Why it's so easy to see the young crescent Moon this time of year.

And more...  Go to full article

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival opens

Saranac Lake's Winter Carnival got underway yesterday with events throughout the village -- including a practice fry-pan tossing session at North Country Community College.

The ten-day festival has been held in the village since 1887.  Go to full article
NY National Guard Staff Sgt. William Tavares (center) and Sgt. Matthew Mortensen (right) have been picked as members of the U.S. Olympic Luge Team for the 2014 Winter Olympics Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/nyng/12086741714/">New York National Guard</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
NY National Guard Staff Sgt. William Tavares (center) and Sgt. Matthew Mortensen (right) have been picked as members of the U.S. Olympic Luge Team for the 2014 Winter Olympics Photo: New York National Guard, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

25 NY athletes headed to Winter, Paralympic Games

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) More than two dozen New Yorkers will be with the U.S. Olympic team competing at the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia next week.

The athletes and coaches include 22 New Yorkers heading to the Winter Games starting on Feb. 6 and another three from the Empire State who will compete at the Paralympic Games in Sochi beginning March 7.  Go to full article
A residential propane tank in Illinois, which is one of the Midwestern states enduring a propane shortage. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jpmatth/11691380825/">Jason Matthews</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A residential propane tank in Illinois, which is one of the Midwestern states enduring a propane shortage. Photo: Jason Matthews, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

North country feels the propane pain

It has been hard to keep the house warm this winter. Record low temperatures have sucked up the various fuels we use for home heating - oil, wood, electricity. It's been particularly hard for people who rely on propane for heating their homes.

North Country residents who use propane are feeling the effects of a nationwide snafu between supply and demand.  Go to full article
Illustration from a 1904 Burpee seed catalog. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/burpee/167767777/">Burpee Gardens</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Illustration from a 1904 Burpee seed catalog. Photo: Burpee Gardens, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Tips for handling garden catalog-induced tempations

For most backyard gardeners it's still too early for serious seed shopping. But it doesn't hurt to look and plan. Just like weeds, those garden catalogs seem to multiply in the mail this time of year. They're fun to look at in mid-winter, but horticulturist Amy Ivy shares some advice on how to use those catalogs as tools for garden planning and landscaping ideas.  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 weekend.  Go to full article
Martha Sinkeldam and Alison Charles crocheting and knitting in a sunny spot in Waddington's library. Photo: Todd Moe
Martha Sinkeldam and Alison Charles crocheting and knitting in a sunny spot in Waddington's library. Photo: Todd Moe

In a cozy corner in Waddington on a cold day

So, how do you cope with cold weather? A brisk walk outdoors, or indoors with a good book? Earlier this week, Todd Moe stopped by the library in Waddington, along the St. Lawrence River, but not to find a book.

Nearly every Tuesday afternoon, regardless of the weather, a few fiber artists gather at the library. It's informal. You'll find them in the Reading Room, surrounded by books, local heirlooms and their knitting, crocheting and embroidery projects.

It seemed like a cozy idea -- working with warm wool while the outdoor thermometer hovered below zero. But, the four women Todd met said they really don't mind winter -- a sunny window, in a cozy corner on a cold afternoon is just right.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/nikrowell/3202293273/">nikrowell</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: nikrowell, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Cold closes, delays schools across upstate NY

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Schools from the Finger Lakes region to the Canadian border in northern New York are closed or delaying the start of classes because of temperatures that have plunged to as low as minus-32 in some upstate areas.  Go to full article
Will cougars occupy caves and cliffs in the Adirondack woods (Source:  Brian Mann)
Will cougars occupy caves and cliffs in the Adirondack woods (Source: Brian Mann)

Protect the Adirondacks seeks reports of cougars

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) An environmental group has started a database of public sightings of cougars in the Adirondacks in an effort to determine whether there's any truth to rumors that have circulated over the years about the big cats.  Go to full article

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