Sunday, November 7, 2021

November Harvest of the Month: Brussels Sprouts

brussels sprouts Brussels sprouts are one of the many vegetables in the brassica family, along with kale, turnips, collard greens, broccoli, arugula, bok choy, and more. Brussels sprouts are cabbage-like sprouts on tall stalks that thrive in temperate weather. The United States produces 32,000 tons of them each year, with most production in California, Washington, and New York states. It’s estimated that up to 85% of brussels sprouts grown in the US are for frozen food. The largest global producing country is the Netherlands, where they harvest 90,000 tons each year.

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Sunday, November 7, 2021

Murder mystery set in the Adirondacks

murder mysteryBACK DIRT unfolds in Ski Country in the Adirondacks of Upstate New York. A murder suspect from Colorado has surfaced there. Does an archaeological dig for old bones at the Battle Ax Ski Resort find fresh blood? Television reporter JC Snow digs for the truth at the winter hot spot.

The author, Phil Bayly has been a journalist for over four decades.

He anchored the #1 rated morning news at WNYT-TV in the state capitol of New York, Albany, for fifteen years.

He was also a reporter at KJCT-TV in Grand Junction, Colorado and WTAJ-TV in Pennsylvania.

He’s been a skier his entire life, much of that time enjoyed as a ski racer. Sometimes he was fast. Many times, he wasn’t fast enough.

Phil was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois.  He was educated at Denver University and Colorado State University. He now lives in Saratoga County, NY with his wife.

More info: https://www.murderonskis.com/


Sunday, November 7, 2021

Weekly news round up

A collection of interesting reads:

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Saturday, November 6, 2021

Monarchs: How High Can They Fly?

monarchsMigrating Monarchs Soaring at Unbelievable Heights

Monarch Migration has been known to be one of nature’s most spectacular events.  Every Fall up to 500,000 monarchs leave the colder regions to seek solace in warmer areas throughout the United States as well as Mexico.  Many people here in the Adirondacks are aware of when they first see these beauties in early Summer and when they stop seeing them as fall sets in but have never witnessed the gathering of thousands of monarchs in preparation of their migrating group flight.

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Saturday, November 6, 2021

MAKE IT: 3-Ingredient Black Bean Burgers

black bean burgersEveryone enjoys a good burger, especially in Upstate NY. Here is a fun way to make this dish plant based to accommodate all diets. This recipe is easy and quick to make for all occasions. Not only does this dish provide the same, if not more protein, it offers many other benefits such as fiber and antioxidants. “So these burgers can help improve my health?” Yes! Beans are a natural source that provides many nutrients that meat can’t. They are low in cholesterol and sodium – both of which can be high in meats. Additionally, meats can be full of saturated fats while black beans can of er the body omega-3 fatty acids, AKA heart healthy fats!. So, if you are looking to improve your health without giving up a fan favorite, give this recipe a shot! 

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Saturday, November 6, 2021

It’s turkey ordering time

turkeysAdirondack Beef Company, Croghan, NY

4 Reasons to Go Local for Your Thanksgiving Turkey

1- Keep your dollars in your community: The average farmer only makes $0.17 for every $1.00 spent on the food they grew. Buying directly from a farmer means they will receive 100% of the profits they earned.

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Friday, November 5, 2021

Fuzzy-Wuzzy Woolly Bears

Banded wooly bear caterpillar; Pyrrharctia Isabella larva Whitney Cranshaw; Colorado State University; Bugwood orgIt’s been a remarkably mild fall. In fact, at the time of this writing (Oct. 27), I still haven’t had a frost at my home, near the Canadian border. But winter is coming. And while winter can be a very picturesque time of the year and getting outdoors in winter can be a lot of fun, harsh winter weather can stop most of us… well… cold.

Someone recently asked me, “What do you think the winter will be like this year?” I simply replied, “I don’t know.”

Even meteorologists, using state-of-the-art models can’t predict weather with 100-percent accuracy. In fact, it seems to me that meteorology is a notoriously inexact science, with accuracy dropping especially quickly as you look more than a week or so into the future.

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Friday, November 5, 2021

Outdoor conditions (11/5): Water turned off at Otter Creek Horse Trails

outdoor conditions logoThe following are the most recent notices pertaining to public lands in the Adirondacks. Please check the Adirondack Backcountry Information web pages for comprehensive and up-to-date information on seasonal road statuses, rock climbing closures, specific trail conditions, and other pertinent information.

Otter Creek Horse Trails: The Otter Creek Horse Trail assembly area water is off. The facility remains open for day use and overnight camping.

Siamese Pond Wilderness: A bridge closure on the Botheration Pond Trail will prevent users from completing the Botheration Loop. The bridge has been roped off, please do not attempt to use it.

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Friday, November 5, 2021

Latest news headlines

Here’s a look at news from around the Adirondacks this week:

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Thursday, November 4, 2021

Happy Animals

happy dog bark in the park

Describing happiness attracts animals:  Apparently, we can have a whale of a time, be as pleased as a pig in a peach orchard, or feel as happy as a pup with two tails, a monkey with a peanut machine, and a clam at high tide. Given all this, it’s natural to wonder if non-human animals can feel happy. 

Many biologists caution against ascribing human-like emotions to animals. This is a hilarious warning, because we are after all a species of animal. Gauging critter-happiness is a challenge, but it’s easy to tell when animals are miserable.  Cortisol, a steroid hormone produced by vertebrates in their adrenal glands in response to stress, can be measured in saliva or blood. 

So we can tell if a deer, goat, or cow feels stress rather than bothering with surveys, which were only ever returned by dogs anyway, and even then they were drool-covered and blank. Aside from basic requirement like food, water, exercise, and adequate protection from weather, most animal species have an intensely strong need for social bonding. 

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Thursday, November 4, 2021

I FISH NY Guide to Freshwater Fishing – New Video Release

fish videoWe recently added a new video to the I FISH NY Guide to Freshwater Fishing video series to DEC’s YouTube channel. Featuring fish commonly found in local freshwater ponds and lakes, new anglers can learn how to correctly identify their catch.

Interested in providing feedback or sharing ideas for future videos? Let us know! Email [email protected].

DEC’s YouTube channel has its own playlist dedicated to fishing content.

Videos included are:

How to Start Fishing: Family Fishing Basics

Basic Fishing Knots

Bobber & Worm Rig

How to Cast a Spin Casting Rod


Thursday, November 4, 2021

Warren County Leads Effort to Increase Adirondack Broadband Coverage

broadband map

EDC Warren County recognizes the vital role broadband plays not only in economic development but in critical aspects of everyday life such as education, health care, and connection. EDC has brought together a community of carriers, elected officials, not-for-profits, and everyday citizens, working together in the north country. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Hamilton County hosts successful Conservation Field Day for kids

fur

Christine Campeau, Adirondack Experience the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake, details The Beaver Fur Trade.

Area school kids learned about conservation during the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual field day on October 7.  The autumn weather was sunny and warm as ninety fifth and sixth graders hiked the Adirondack Ecotrail to six stations, learning about natural resources from the experts.

The Lynn Galusha Memorial Conservation Field Day turned forty-two this year.  I organize the event annually, and was thrilled to return to in-person after last year’s virtual videos, and it was fantastic to see the kids, teachers, presenters, and volunteers.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Kayak stranded on Boquet River, rangers crack down on hunting violations

forest ranger reportsRecent NYS DEC Forest Ranger actions:

Town of Lewis
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue:
 On Oct. 27 at 11:15 a.m., Essex County 911 contacted DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch reporting a 66-year-old hiker from Elizabethtown had suffered a non-weight bearing knee injury on the Mount Fay summit. Due to the hiker’s location, NYSP Aviation was requested and Forest Ranger Lt. Burns and Forest Ranger Praczkajlo were picked up to perform a hoist rescue. At 12:40 p.m., Lt. Burns was inserted to the hiker’s location, evaluated his injuries, and packaged the subject for extraction off the summit. The injured hiker was turned over to Lake Placid EMS and transported to a local hospital.

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Silver Bay YMCA to reopen Ticonderoga teen center in 2022

Silver Bay YMCA Ticonderoga teen center

The Silver Bay YMCA Conference and Family Retreat Center is happy to  announce it will be reopening its impactful teen center in Ticonderoga in 2022, Chief  Executive Officer Steve Tamm stated. 

“The decision was an easy one to make. We heard loud and clear from the community that  our teen center was missed and numerous studies indicate that children have suffered from  isolation throughout this pandemic. Our discussions with Councilman Mark Russell, Chair of  the Ticonderoga Youth Commission, have been so very positive since we started our re opening discussions back in late 2020,” said Tamm.  

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