Mar 07, 2014 — We're just about two weeks away from the first day of spring, but if you look out the window there's still lots of snow and ice across our region. Birds are starting to return, though, and Connor Stedman is watching, and listening.
Stedman is a lifelong naturalist with years of experience sharing nature awareness and traditional skills with students of all ages. He's the director of the Vermont Wilderness School and teaches classes in bird language, wild crafting, and land stewardship around the Northeast. He'll give a lecture tonight at 7:00 at the Whallonsburgh Grange Hall titled "Bird Language through the Seasons" and then he'll lead a field class tomorrow, trekking outside to listen for winter bird language and watch for behavior.
During the lecture he'll review the basics of bird language and explore how birds journey through the seasons, and how they strategize to survive, especially during a tough winter like this one. He spoke this morning with Todd Moe. Go to full article
Mar 07, 2014 — A new delivery method will help St. Lawrence County food banks keep their shelves full. The Food Bank of Central New York's new retail partnership program in St. Lawrence County will expedite donations from Walmart.
The idea is simple: to get food to the people who need it faster, in a year when the brutally cold weather has made it harder for people already struggling to make ends meet. Go to full article
Mar 07, 2014 — It seems like state leaders are sowing acres of ideas these days to boost New York's farming economy. This week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the creation of New York's first ever inter-agency task force on agriculture. The idea is to help farmers cut through the bureaucratic red tape that's an obstacle to growth.
Also this week, North Country Sen. Patty Ritchie unveiled a plan to encourage more young farmers to enter the business. Go to full article
Mar 07, 2014 — There's growing unease over Gov. Andrew Cuomo's tax freeze plan. A hundred local government officials have signed a letter opposing the plan, including Syracuse Mayor and... Go to full article
Mar 07, 2014 — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is encouraging smaller local governments to consolidate. And the St. Lawrence County village of Hermon may take him up on it. About 400 people live in the... Go to full article
Mar 07, 2014 — BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) The company that provides bus service in parts of northern Vermont is preparing its riders for a possible strike by its unionized bus drivers. ... Go to full article