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Home heating systems can make it hard to provide humidity for houseplants in winter. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/spaceamoeba/4171028387/">spaceamoeba</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Home heating systems can make it hard to provide humidity for houseplants in winter. Photo: spaceamoeba, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Keeping houseplants healthy in harsh winter conditions

With the bitter cold outside, the heat will be turned up inside the house. That means dryer air will be rising right towards the houseplants on the windowsill. It's tough times for those houseplants.

Martha Foley discusses options with Amy Ivy, horticulturist with Cornell Cooperative Extension Service of Clinton and Essex Counties.  Go to full article
Wanakena resident Bill King looks at the Oswegatchie River from his window. As of Wednesday, the river was still mostly covered by jagged ice. Photo: Zach Hirsch
Wanakena resident Bill King looks at the Oswegatchie River from his window. As of Wednesday, the river was still mostly covered by jagged ice. Photo: Zach Hirsch

Wanakena residents lose a treasure, for now

On Monday, an ice jam in Wanakena caused floods, and severe damage to a historic footbridge. Nobody was physically hurt, but the physical damage has caused some emotional bruises.  Go to full article
"Snow Snake" by Utica artist Sybil Johnson.
"Snow Snake" by Utica artist Sybil Johnson.

How artists view winter in Old Forge

A new art exhibition at View in Old Forge offers an artistic look at winter. "Winter Air" opens Saturday. Exhibitions manager Cory Card says the juried show of 118 works by 58 regional, national and international artists conveys the distinct sensations of walking outside on a cold winter day. The new exhibit is complemented by the work of three other featured artists.

Todd Moe spoke with Cory Card about winter, art and the new exhibitions.  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.

Now that the recent spate of warmer weather has ended, trails, parking lots, and other access points are very icy and traction devices are recommended for all hikes. You'll want to have crampons for extended icy areas, especially in steep terrain, on summits and other open areas.  Go to full article
Vancouver's aggressive sliding track was redesigned following 2010's tragic accident. Photo:  Nancie Battaglia, NCPR Olympics correspondent
Vancouver's aggressive sliding track was redesigned following 2010's tragic accident. Photo: Nancie Battaglia, NCPR Olympics correspondent

Safety fears reshape Olympic sled sports

In these final weeks before the Sochi Olympics, we're previewing many of the athletes and looking at some of the stories that could shape these Winter games.

Sled-racing will be one of the most exciting events at the Olympics, as bobsled, luge and skeleton racers rocket down a winding, ice-covered track.

But the competition this year will look very different from races at the 2010 games in Vancouver. Those games were marred by the death of one athlete and by numerous crashes.

The controversy in Vancouver is still sending shock waves through the sport.  Go to full article
Photo: Zach Hirsch
Photo: Zach Hirsch

Iconic footbridge needs "complete rebuild"

This week's warm weather might have been nice for those who enjoy shedding a few layers. But rapidly thawing ice creates all sorts of problems.

On Monday, a beloved footbridge in Wanakena got hit hard when an ice jam came roaring down the Oswegatchie River. There aren't many of these footbridges in New York, and residents of the small community are upset.  Go to full article
A cardboard sled race in Grand Haven, MI. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/flyer27/4316648623/">Craig Rozelle</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A cardboard sled race in Grand Haven, MI. Photo: Craig Rozelle, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Hang on! The cardboard sled racing season kicks off

Remember sliding down a snowy hill on a piece of cardboard? Just add some duct tape and paint and you'll be ready for this year's Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit. Most of the races are held in conjunction with winter festivals around the region.

The race series begins on Saturday at the sledding hill on Mount Sabattis in Long Lake as part of the Moonlighter's Winter Carnival. All ages are welcome.

Bob Lewin was last year's Adirondack cardboard sledding grand champion. He lives in Blue Mountain Lake and says he competed in his first race four years ago as a way to enjoy winter weekends.  Go to full article
Potatoes rising. Photo: Ellen Rocco
Potatoes rising. Photo: Ellen Rocco

Planning for potatoes

It isn't the growing season yet in the North Country, not by a long shot, but it is planning time. Catalogs for seeds, gardening supplies and gadgets are the first signs of spring in many households. The potential looks limitless...and overwhelming.

Amy Ivy, horticulturist with Cooperative Extension, shares a fun idea for a summer project that can work even for non-gardeners: potatoes.  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.

Be prepared for cold, wet weather this weekend and remember that hypothermia is a threat even when air temperatures are in the 40s, especially in wet weather.  Go to full article
The view from the porch in Adams, NY this morning. Photo: Catherine Loper
The view from the porch in Adams, NY this morning. Photo: Catherine Loper

The view from smack in the middle of the snow belt

Last week when the Tug Hill was getting several feet of snow, we called out to long time veterans of life in the lake effect belt to hear how you actually cope with a sudden dump of that much snow. Their response? Keep shoveling.

That's exactly what WRVO News Director Catherine Loper and her fiancee were trying to do at their home in Adams this morning. But they weren't making all that much progress.  Go to full article

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