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Fresh Flowers on a Cold Day

Martha Foley and horticulturist Amy Ivy talk about fresh cut flowers, miniature roses and visits to the florist this time of year.  Go to full article

Getting Reacquainted With Winter

Most winter getaway traffic flows toward the tropics. At least to the Carolinas. But freelancer Lucy Martin convinced her Mom, Martha, to travel against the grain this month. Martha Martin was born in Hawaii 73 years ago, and except for four years shivering at a New England college, has lived in the islands all her life. So what's the natural way to get re-acquainted with winter? A neighborly skate on the local creek, with the help of a plastic chair as a pairs partner. The family outing started with layering up:  Go to full article

Four Die in North Country Snowmobile Accidents

Four more snowmobile riders died over the weekend in the north country. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article
A male Common Redpoll.  (photo: Larry Master, Lake Placid)
A male Common Redpoll. (photo: Larry Master, Lake Placid)

Backyard Bird Count Begins This Weekend

The 9th annual "Great Backyard Bird Count" gets underway this weekend. The National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology are encouraging everyone to count birds in their backyards, public lands, school yards and local parks. The annual bird count - which begins Friday and continues through Monday -- helps create a snapshot of winter bird numbers, species and distribution across North America. Todd Moe recently caught up with avid North Country birder Joan Collins. She lives in Potsdam and Long Lake and is vice president of the St. Lawrence-Adirondack Audubon chapter. Todd wanted to know more about bird watching and went along for a ski outing on a little known path along the southern edge of St. Lawrence county. The Leonard Pond trail is near routes 3 and 56 in the northern Adirondacks.  Go to full article
The ice palace from a previous year
The ice palace from a previous year

The Ice Palace Lives

Something was missing from the opening of the Saranac Lake winter carnival last weekend. Namely the ice palace that's the traditional centerpiece of the 109-year-old event. The ground was pretty much bare, and there was just a pile of snow where the ice palace should have been. All that changed this week when the temperatures plunged and several inches of snow fell. Volunteers are now busy cutting ice blocks from the lake and stacking them into walls that form the palace. Last week, ice carver Ed Sharmer wasn't too hopeful. Yesterday, he told Gregory Warner the palace will be ready.  Go to full article

Snow Returns to the North Country

The view outside Jim Carroll's living room window in Tupper Lake changed overnight. Carroll helps the state tourism office keep track of fall foliage in the northern Adirondacks. He joins us from time to time during the 8 O'Clock Hour for a chat about the weather. After what has been a relatively snowless winter, Carroll told Todd Moe he's glad to see more snow.  Go to full article

Lawmakers Respond to High Heating Costs

State lawmakers have been responding to the high cost of energy for New York residents. Senate Republicans unveiled a plan for tax credits and rebate checks; the Assembly held hearings on how to better use the HEAP program to help the poorest New Yorkers pay their heating bills. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

The Show Must Go On, Despite Little Snow

Two big Winter Carnivals get underway today in the Adirondacks. Lake George and Saranac Lake will both hold most of their major events over the next week, despite unseasonably warm weather. In Saranac Lake, construction of the ice palace is on hold, but the carnival royalty will be crowned at a ceremony tonight. Todd Moe talks with Carnival chair Don Duso. He's one of many in Saranac Lake wondering, where's winter?  Go to full article
The training trail at Gatineau Park.
The training trail at Gatineau Park.

Gatineau Hosts 40th Ski Marathon

Two to three thousand cross-country skiers gather later this month for the 40th annual Canadian Ski Marathon in Gatineau, Quebec. The scenic 160 kilometers - that's nearly 100 miles - are divided into 10 self-serve "smorgasbord" stages of varying difficulty. It's a non-profit event - not exactly a race. Skiers stop when they want. It all starts Saturday morning, February 11th in Gatineau and ends Sunday the 12th in Lachute. The deadline to register in Feb. 3. It's a family weekend: individuals or teams, young or old, novice or expert -- all are welcome. Lucy Martin found some skiers-in-training in Gatineau Park.  Go to full article
The snowy boardwalk stretches through Silver Lake Bog.
The snowy boardwalk stretches through Silver Lake Bog.

A Winter Walk Through an Adirondack Bog

The unseasonably warm weather lately has canceled many outdoor festivities this month that celebrate snow and ice. But it's been a boon to those who enjoy the chance to hike a favorite trail. This is the quiet season. Where the ground is white you notice everything else in detail: the bark and twigs of trees, birds and exposed rocks. The best part is discovering the tracks and movement patterns of animals through the snow. Last Friday, Todd Moe bundled up and hit the trail with outdoors writer and author Dennis Aprill. He's written a book, Short Treks in the Adirondacks and Beyond, and Todd met him for a quick walk through the woods at Silver Lake Bog. it's tucked away in southwestern Clinton County near Duncan Mountain and Union Falls. The path is on a suspended boardwalk owned by the Nature Conservancy. It's a favorite non-winter destination for many and Dennis was eager to tour the area after a fresh, light blanket of snow.  Go to full article

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