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This can be a good time to work a little extra compost into the garden to enrich soil exhausted by the growing season. Photo: <a href="">beth h</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
This can be a good time to work a little extra compost into the garden to enrich soil exhausted by the growing season. Photo: beth h, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Giving the flower beds a boost this fall

It seems like there's always a list of garden chores. It's peak harvest season for vegetables, but if you're a flower enthusiast horticulturist Amy Ivy has some tips on applying compost to the perennial beds this season.

Spring is a busy time in the garden, so Todd Moe spoke with Amy Ivy about using compost this fall to reinvigorate the soil, and maybe consider dividing and rearranging some plants to give the garden a new, healthier look next spring.  Go to full article
The growth of craft breweries like the St. Lawrence Brewery in canton has led Paul Smiths College to develop a program around the industry. Photo: David Sommerstein

Paul Smith's taps into a craft beer lover's education

New York's alcoholic beverages industry is booming. According to Governor Cuomo's office, the number of businesses making beer, wine, cider, and spirits in the state has more than doubled since 2011. That's in part due to new laws making it easier to sell alcohol for takeaway at tastings, farms, and farmers markets.

Paul Smith's College in the northern Adirondacks wants to tap into the growing industry. This fall the college launches a new minor in "craft beer studies."  Go to full article
Raquette River Brewing in Tupper Lake. Photo: David Sommerstein

Filling kegs at Tupper Lake's new brewery

According to Paul Smith's College, there were 2,700 craft breweries nationwide last year.

Now make that at least one more. Raquette River Brewing opened last March in a little building just off Route 3 in Tupper Lake, N.Y.

Owners Mark Jessie and Joe Hockey offer tastings of their five beers and sell half- or whole growlers to take home.

Click listen to hear Mark Jessie talk about the craft of brewing for today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article
Spiny water fleas. Photo: National Park Service

Invasive spiny water flea confirmed in Lake Champlain

Spiny water flea has officially officially arrived in Lake Champlain.

Spiny water flea is an invasive species, a small crustacean that fouls fishing lines, eats...  Go to full article
Sea lamprey larvae that washed up on shore. The longer they are, the older they are. Inset: mouth of adult lamprey, courtesy US Fish and Wildlife Service. Photo: Sarah Harris

Combating sea lamprey on Lake Champlain

It's not easy to control invasive species like Eurasian watermilfoil and spiny water flea once they've established themselves in a waterbody. But scientists have learned how...  Go to full article
One of the monarchs released Saturday at the Paul Smiths VIC rests on a Black-eyed Susan.  Photo:  Todd Moe

Paul Smith's VIC bids "adios" to monarchs migrating south

About 40 guests and staff gathered at the butterfly house at the Paul Smith's Visitors Interpretive Center, the VIC, in Paul Smith's N.Y., for an end-of-the-season monarch...  Go to full article
Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls. Photo: Christine K, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Scale will matter for success of New York casinos

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Less may be more when it comes to opening casinos in New York amid an increasingly competitive gambling environment.

More than a dozen contenders...  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="">Sudipto Sarkar</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Report faults New York's anti-smoking plan

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A new report from the American Cancer Society says New York state needs to do more to prevent smoking.

The Cancer Action Network at the American...  Go to full article

Man, 21, dies in Jefferson County ATV crash

PHILADELPHIA, N.Y. (AP) State police say a 21-year-old man has died after crashing his all-terrain vehicle in northern New York.

Around 6:15 p.m. Saturday in the...  Go to full article
Persico wrote a dozen books, including a biography of newsman Edward. R. Murrow.

NY author, Rockefeller speechwriter Persico dies

GUILDERLAND, N.Y. (AP) A best-selling author, historian and speechwriter for then-New York Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller has died. Joseph Persico was 84.

His wife,...  Go to full article
Last winter was hard on Route 9L along Lake George. Photo: A href="">ellentk</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Road on east shore of Lake George being repaved

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) Visitors planning some late-summer trips to Lake George should expect to find road crews on busy Route 9L.

State officials say a $1.6...  Go to full article

NY State Fair sets new attendance record

GEDDES, N.Y. (AP) Officials say good weather and popular concerts helped boost New York State Fair attendance to a record single-day high of 120,617.

The...  Go to full article