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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

The December Sky: Full Moon and Winter Solstice

Martha Foley talks with astronomer Aileen O'Donoghue about the night sky - there's a bright full moon coming and the winter solstice is next week.  Go to full article

Gifts for Gardeners, Pt. I

Tool madness hits the gardneing industry, offering gift-givers a host of choices. Horticulturist Amy Ivy helps sort through the array of tools and gadgets available this season.  Go to full article

The Challenges of Winter in the Garden

Martha Foley talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy about winter hardiness and damage to the garden from the cold weather.  Go to full article

4 year-old Injured in Snowmobile Accident

A 4 year-old Watertown boy is recovering from a snowmobile accident in western New York. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

"Change A Light Bulb Day" offers energy savings and seminars

Aubuchon's Hardware is partnering with United Way and Comlinks to offer 'Change A Light Bulb Day.' Selected Aubuchons will be selling discounted Energy Star light bulbs and giving energy saving seminars. Monday's seminar is in Malone, with other seminars next week in Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake. Jim Britell is energy manager for the not-for-profit Comlinks in Franklin County, one of the event sponsors. He says that this initiative is a small example of how local non-profits and churches across the North Country are stepping up efforts this year to educate the public and forge partnerships with local businesses. He says in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, local safety net organizations have many reasons to act with new urgency.  Go to full article

Protecting Tender Shrubs from Winter Wind Burn

Horticulturist Amy Ivy has tips on preparing the garden and yard for winter - especially small trees and roses.  Go to full article

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