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Pantry Pests

by Paul Hetzler Even if you have a top-notch security system, you could still return from vacation to find that your prescription drugs, tobacco products, rice, dog food, or other items have...

 

Help for Weather-stressed Lawns

by Melinda Myers The extreme heat and drought of 2021 across much of the country has turned many lawns brown. Damaged lawns may be thin, contain dead...

 

Sovereign Notion

Dearest family, dearest community How I love you... How tired my heart is with this trespassing fear menacing media Intruding our dearest of families and our dearest of communities. How these imposed...

 

Keep Gardening After the First Fall Frost

by Melinda Myers There is nothing worse than frost in the forecast and a garden full of vegetables not quite ready for picking. Use some simple...

 

Reader Submission

Submitted by Herbi Francis Tatro...

 

Walking 100 km for Joey Commanda

By Doug George-Kanentiio On the evening of September 3, 1968 Joey Commanda, a 13-year-old Algonquin boy, was struck and killed by a commuter train in the west end of Toronto as he was making his way...

 

Self-Care is More Important Than Ever

by St. Lawrence Health’s Behavioral Health services As our world continues to fight a pandemic, and natural disasters are occurring on a regular basis, we all need to practice self-care now more...

 

Anarchy Is Bad for Picnics

Paul Hetzler I’m not one to shed a tear when authoritarian rulers die, but once they’re gone, picnics become a lot more dangerous. Toward the end of summer, just in time for Labor Day picnics and...

 

Why Wear Orange?

By Doug George-Kanentiio. People ask why the residential-boarding school survivors, their respective families and supporters wear orange. This began in 2013 when Phyllis Jack-Webstad of the...

 

Fall Color Conspiracy

Paul Hetzler Conspiracy hypotheses, or theories as we like to call them, since “hypotheses” cannot be uttered without a lisp, seem to multiply unfettered these days, so I feel awkward birthing...

 

Why Wear Orange

By Doug George-Kanentiio People ask why the residential school survivors, their respective families and supporters wear orange. Mohawk Nation faith...

 

SHADY BUSINESS

Submitted by Paul Hetzler One of the perks of having trees nearby is that social-distancing rules don’t apply – you can hug as many as you like without risk of contracting Covid-19. Another...

 

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Paul Hetzler With their marvelous interpretive-dance routines, complex social life, and delicious honey, honeybees are widely respected, but they’re anything but sweet to wild pollinators. In fact,...

 

Early color changes in North Country bad sign for trees

By PAUL HETZLER If the trees held a race to see which ones would be the first to have their leaves turn color, the winners would be losers. Premature leaf color change is a reliable indicator of...

 

Indulging Reforestation

Paul Hetzler As a child in a devout Catholic household I was intrigued by “Indulgences,” a way for sinners to avoid penalties in the afterlife by paying a fee commensurate with their bad deeds....

 

Size Surprises

As a tall person, I’m a bit size-conscious, ducking to get through doorways, wondering when I’ll find another decent shoe in a sixteen – stuff like that. One thing which came as a surprise is...

 

Spruce Blues and Wet-Weather Woes

Paul Hetzler When I’m asked to diagnose tree problems, folks naturally want the remedy. Sometimes the only solution is tree removal; other times it’s a cable brace, pest management, corrective...

 

Hoping to Be HAB-Not

Paul Hetzler Not only does it form the basis of the aquatic food web, algae have the power to put a lid on bovine burps. Algae can also be made into a substitute for fossil fuels and is a healthy and...

 

Spruce Blues and Wet-Weather Woes

By Paul Hetzler When I’m asked to diagnose tree problems, folks naturally want the remedy. Sometimes the only solution is tree removal; other times it’s a cable brace, pest management, corrective...

 

More Mass Graves Will be Found and Healing at Akwesasne

By Doug George-Kanentiio When I was interred at the Mohawk Institute (the mush hole) we lived in a state of constant hunger. It was difficult to sleep at times with an empty stomach which could only...

 

My Gratitude to the People from a Residential School Survivor

By Doug George-Kanentiio. I was pleased to see the displays of support for the missing Native children across Canada, the victims of the residential school era. Now that 215 of these children have...

 

Pitch Mass Borers

Paul Hetzler In my line of work the list of boring topics is endless. There’s the emerald ash borer, lethal but oh-so aesthetically pleasing with its metallic-flake green paint job and subtle copper...

 

Heart Speak Shine

Heart speak shine, my dear children... How I love you both so dearly whole heartedly Be as you be my honey darlings To be always happy & healthy & oh so tenderly loved, respected and unconditionally w...

 

Stamp Out Neatness, Save the Planet

Paul Hetzler The old saying “The road to hell is paved with good intentions” has been a great comfort to me over the years, since I figure that means the road to heaven is paved with bad...

 

Why I Challenge the St. Regis Tribe and the MCA

By Doug George-Kanentiio On May 28 the New York Times reported the possible location of the graves of 215 Native children at the former Kamloops Residential School in British Columbia. The...

 

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