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43.7? Too cold. Amy says to wait for 50 degree (F) soil temperature before planting peas. Photo: <a href="https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3646/3601931725_066a0fe319_o_d.jpg">Stephen Cochran</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
43.7? Too cold. Amy says to wait for 50 degree (F) soil temperature before planting peas. Photo: Stephen Cochran, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

When it's right to plant peas

The sun is out. The air is warm. It's late April. The crocuses are up and the daffodils aren't far behind. So, time to plant some peas, and maybe some lettuce, right?

Maybe, maybe not, says Cooperative Extension's Amy Ivy. She tells Martha Foley there's an easy way to tell, and it isn't the calendar. Stick a thermometer two inches down in the soil and see what it says. If it isn't 50 degrees down there, it's still too early.

They also talk about ways to warm things up a little and coddle those early season plantings. Amy explains row covers, and says even just protecting new seedlings from the wind can help.  Go to full article
The former Willsboro Central School, which was built in 1927 and closed in 2001, has been converted to the Champlain Valley Senior Community, a 63-bed assisted living facility for seniors that opened last month. Photo: Chris Knight, via <a href="http://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/page/content.detail/id/537874/Converted-school-fills-void-for-seniors.html">Adirondack Daily Enterprise</a><br />
The former Willsboro Central School, which was built in 1927 and closed in 2001, has been converted to the Champlain Valley Senior Community, a 63-bed assisted living facility for seniors that opened last month. Photo: Chris Knight, via Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Old Willsboro school reborn for seniors

The old community school in a small Essex County town has been renovated and converted into an assisted living center for senior citizens.

The Champlain Valley Senior Community opened last month in the former Willsboro Central School, which closed 12 years ago and sat abandoned for several years. Its owner and developer says the $6 million project will help fill a growing senior housing void in the region.  Go to full article
Photo: Brian Mann
Photo: Brian Mann

Essex County Route 73 repairs postponed

KEENE, N.Y. (AP) State transportation officials say they've postponed a project to repair the slopes along one of the main roads in the Adirondack Mountains.

Department of Transportation officials announced Thursday evening that the work scheduled for Route 73 in Essex County has been put on hold after the discovery of a fiber-optic cable line in an unexpected location.  Go to full article
Essex County's Emergency  Operations Center in the town of Lewis.  The new communication system will provide for modern two-way radio linkages, as well as microwave and high speed data lines. Photo courtesy Essex County
Essex County's Emergency Operations Center in the town of Lewis. The new communication system will provide for modern two-way radio linkages, as well as microwave and high speed data lines. Photo courtesy Essex County

APA approves new emergency communications system

The Adirondack Park Agency approved a new $16 million emergency communication system that will link first responders over a huge swath of the central and eastern Adirondacks.

APA commissioners voted unanimously to green light the project, which will mean improved communication for police, fire, and ambulance squads from Tupper Lake to Johnsburg to Elizabethtown.  Go to full article
Summer square dancing on the shore of Schroon Lake has been a tradition since the 1930's.  Photo: TAUNY
Summer square dancing on the shore of Schroon Lake has been a tradition since the 1930's. Photo: TAUNY

Still "do-si-doing" after all these years

A local square dancing tradition in Schroon Lake continues to draw hundreds of particpants. Since the 1930s, it's been a weekly social event in July and August. TAUNY gave the dance organizers a 2012 North Country Heritage Award on Sunday.

Todd Moe talks with musician Ed Lowman, coordinator of the Schroon Lake Square Dances. He's a fiddler who has helped lead the dances since 1979. Lowman says the dance steps and tunes vary from week to week. At a time when square dancing has decreased in popularity in some parts of the country, he's excited to see young families, seniors and even teens turning out to "do-si-do".  Go to full article
Rutabaga poster art by artist Jamie S. Wolf, Durham, NH. js.wolf@comcast.net<br />
Rutabaga poster art by artist Jamie S. Wolf, Durham, NH. js.wolf@comcast.net

A week of local food, and rutabagas, in Essex County

It'll be all things rutabaga in Keene on Sunday. The Fifth Annual Great Adirondack Rutabaga Festival begins at 9am on Marcy Fields--the final event of a week-long celebration of local food in Essex County. Last Saturday, the Adirondack History Center Museum and Adirondack Harvest kicked off the festivities with "A Taste of Local" in Elizabethtown. Chefs and culinary artists showcased their favorite appetizers, entrees, desserts or other prepared items featuring local foods.  Go to full article
North Country SPCA board member Jessica Hartley speaks to Essex County lawmakers about the need for a task force on animal cruelty. Photo: Chris Morris, courtesy <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>
North Country SPCA board member Jessica Hartley speaks to Essex County lawmakers about the need for a task force on animal cruelty. Photo: Chris Morris, courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Animal cruelty task force forms in Essex County

A new task force is being formed to deal with animal cruelty in Essex County. Essex County Board of Supervisors Chairman Randy Douglas, supervisor of the town of Jay, said last week he will appoint county lawmakers and officials to the proposed task force, which will also include members of local humane societies and county residents. Chris Morris reports.  Go to full article
Japanese Beetle. Photo: Bruce Marlin via Wikipedia Commons.
Japanese Beetle. Photo: Bruce Marlin via Wikipedia Commons.

Dry weather, pests a challenge in the garden

It's late June, and time for a check-up in the garden. Martha Foley talks with Cornell Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy about some of the common challenges faced in the vegetable garden. First, it's very dry, despite showers over the weekend. Amy helps prioritize what to water. Second, it's bug season, and there bad bugs, and good ones.  Go to full article
Should the Horace Nye Nursing Home be privatized?  (Photo:  Horace Nye website)
Should the Horace Nye Nursing Home be privatized? (Photo: Horace Nye website)

Workers, residents rally to save Horace Nye nursing home

On Saturday more than a hundred people rallied at the Horace Nye nursing home in Elizabethtown. Essex County supervisors may vote as early as tomorrow to privatize the home, as a cost-cutting measure. Opponents say the home is a vital service provided by the county.

As Brian Mann reports, counties across the North Country and across New York state have been scrambling to privatize care for the elderly.  Go to full article
Morgan Kelly (left) from Saranac High School and Assemblywoman Janet Duprey with delegates from Clinton and Essex county high schools
Morgan Kelly (left) from Saranac High School and Assemblywoman Janet Duprey with delegates from Clinton and Essex county high schools

Students gather to meet lawmakers, talk politics

NCPR kicked off election coverage with a series of stories this week. See below for more on the 23rd district race for the House of Representatives.

Politics are everywhere these days, from the bitter Republican primary fight that's playing out on our TV screens to the redistricting battle in Albany that could shake up politics right here in our own backyard. As 2012 goes on, the news and conversation will only get louder and more intense.

Most high school students can't vote, but politics plays a big role in their lives, too. And they're paying attention, at least the teens are who gathered recently in Peru to talk about government and politics. Our correspondent Sarah Harris sends this report.  Go to full article

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