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A Perfect Igloo the Easy Way

With winter still in full swing, it's not too late for new ways to enjoy the snow. A Potsdam man is on a mission to spread the word on a foolproof method for building an igloo for children. Miles Manchester's design uses three inflatable tubes and takes an hour and a half to complete. He even posted step-by-step instructions on a website. Manchester told David Sommerstein his is easier to make than a traditional snow block igloo.  Go to full article

Commentary: Frostbite for Dessert

Commentator Betsy Kepes doesn't expect gourmet food when she goes winter camping. But every once in awhile, she finds the perfect dining experience.  Go to full article

New Road Surface Could Mean Fewer Salt Trucks

Drivers are testing out a new road coating that could reduce accidents in the winter. And as the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Stephanie Hemphill reports, it might also mean fewer trips for highway salt trucks.  Go to full article
Shane Henry loads ice cakes on the back of his grandfather's trailer.
Shane Henry loads ice cakes on the back of his grandfather's trailer.

Ice Harvesting in New Bremen

A hundred years ago, ice harvesting was big business in the North Country. Blocks of ice were hauled from frozen ponds and lakes and shipped south as far as Florida. By the early 40s, refrigerators killed the industry, but firefighters in New Bremen, have kept the tradition of the ice harvest alive - since 1964. Reporter Greg Warner has this audio postcard.  Go to full article
The 2005 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival ice palace sits along Lake Flower. Made of 1,800 ice blocks, it features the "Hard Block Cafe".
The 2005 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival ice palace sits along Lake Flower. Made of 1,800 ice blocks, it features the "Hard Block Cafe".

Saranac Lake Celebrates Winter

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, the oldest winter festival in the eastern U.S., celebrates its 108th anniversary this week. This year's theme is "Adirondack Aloha." It's 10 days of parades, music, winter sports and an ice palace. Todd Moe talks with some of the people behind the event.  Go to full article

Mild Winter Weather and the Garden

Horticulturist Amy Ivy talks about the effects of the recent mid-winter thaw on the garden, trees and perennials. She reminds gardeners that winter is far from over.  Go to full article

Buds and Bugs: Controlling Indoor Plant Pests

Martha Foley and horticulturist Amy Ivy talk about bad bugs on house plants.  Go to full article
Workers unwrap a 12-ton block of snow at the start of the contest in Glens Falls.
Workers unwrap a 12-ton block of snow at the start of the contest in Glens Falls.

Glens Falls Hosts 2005 Snow Sculpture Contest

Despite sub-zero temperatures this week, eight teams from across the state are busy carving 12-ton blocks of snow during a 72 hour sculpt-a-thon that began yesterday afternoon in Glens Falls and wraps up Sunday afternoon. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the New York State Snow Sculpting Contest. Teams include groups of friends, families, and co-workers from Manhattan, Rochester and throughout the North Country. Todd Moe talks with event organizer Michael Robbins.  Go to full article

Winter Weather and Plants

Horticulturist Amy Ivy offers comfort to the fears that arctic cold killed off all your garden plants.  Go to full article

A Winter Without Snow

Despite the cold, there's little snow on the ground in much of the North Country. The Olympic Regional Development Authority has rescheduled the Lake Placid Loppet, an annual 50 km cross-country ski race, due to lack of snow. Ski centers and snowmobile clubs around the region have also struggled. Martha Foley talks with Brian Mann about the tough winter and its impact on the winter sports industry.  Go to full article

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