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State Boosts Heat Aid by $100 Million

On Sunday, Governor Pataki approved a $100 million boost to state funding for home heating assistance. The money will go to help low-income families offset high fuel oil prices. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Tips for a Successful Home Orchard

Martha Foley talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy about growing apple trees. It's not as easy as it looks!  Go to full article
Klaus Ebeling and one of his snowsculpting tools.
Klaus Ebeling and one of his snowsculpting tools.

Of Ice and Snow: Art for Winter's Sake

Snow sculptors love winter. And in terms of ideal conditions, they learn to make due with what they get from nature. Todd Moe talks with world class ice and snow sculptor Klaus Ebeling. The 75-year-old artist lives in Jefferson county. He's just published a book on 25 years of traveling the world in search of ice and snow. For more information, contact Klaus at: ebeling@twcny.rr.com, or PO Box 134, Adams Center, NY 13606.  Go to full article

Flu Hits St. Lawrence County

St. Lawrence County health officials confirm the first cases of flu last week. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

NY Lawmakers Move to Release Emergency Heating Aid

Assembly Democrats want the state to immediately release $200 million to help low income New Yorkers pay for rising heating costs. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Shielding Shrubs From Winter

Cold, wind, heavy snow, and road salt are all tough on shrubs and trees. Amy Ivy offers tips on providing them some proteciton.  Go to full article

Workshops Promote Winter Energy Conservation

Homeowners and landlords across the North Country are trying to keep fuel costs down this winter. The St. Lawrence County Energy Alliance, a group of residents, fuel dealers, service providers and elected officials, is offering workshops on home energy conservation beginning next week. The first workshop will be Tuesday evening, January 10 at 6:30 at the Canton Fire Station. The programs will offer ways to make homes more comfortable while saving energy this winter. Miles Manchester, a "do-it-yourselfer" who will lead the training workshops, spoke with Todd Moe. For more information: 315-408-8562  Go to full article
Skating on the Rideau Canal. Photo of the Day by Donna Kientz Matoes
Skating on the Rideau Canal. Photo of the Day by Donna Kientz Matoes

Tips for the World's Longest Skateway

Ottawa's Rideau Canal is still not open for the season. But it won't be long before thousands of people hit the ice there -- businessmen with briefcases, moms with kids, tourists. The canal runs from the edge of the city, Dow's Lake, all the way downtown -- about five miles. While waiting for the ice to thicken, Lucy Martin spoke with Jasmin Simard, the owner of Figure Eight Skate Specialist, in Ottawa. With 30 years of experience in outfitting customers, he had some tips for a good skate -- when the green flags are flying.  Go to full article

Care and Feeding of Popular Gift Plants

Todd Moe talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy about caring for house plants in the winter.  Go to full article

Caught in the Heating Squeeze

Heating oil prices are 23 percent higher statewide than last winter. But the federal funds that help low-income people pay the bills have not increased. That could change today - Congress is considering a modest increase to the Heating Energy Assistance Program, as part of the end of year defense appropriations bill. But it's not clear how much would go to people in need. And that need is real. Gregory Warner joined an oil supplier in the Ausable Valley on his delivery route. He sent us this report.  Go to full article

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