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Brighten Someone's Holiday Season with Christmas Cactus

by Melinda Myers The holidays have arrived and so has the Christmas cactus. Set this favorite holiday plant in a basket, decorative pot or foil wrap...

 

Fungal Homes: Much Room, No Mushrooms

Paul Hetzler For some reason, mushrooms have spawned more than their fair share of puns. As a kid I learned that they’re all fun-guys, and that the only rooms you can’t enter in a house are mushro...

 

The Mutants Have Landed

By Paul Hetzler Sometime in the 1990s, a mutant crayfish able to conquer and degrade aquatic systems emerged as a result of secret German experiments gone awry. The marmorkreb, a.k.a. marbled...

 

Wildflower PR Failures

Paul Hetzler Some beneficial wild plants suffer from reputation: To nettle someone means to annoy them, and nettle plants are in fact covered with hollow micro-spikes that inject a skin irritant. But...

 

Gift Ideas for Bird Watchers and Gardeners

by Melinda Myers Give a gift that provides beauty, entertainment, and health benefits throughout the year. With the recent increase in people...

 

Chief Flying Cloud – Alex Back's Boxing Record

During the height of the pandemic, Alex Back's nephew did quite a bit of research on his uncle Alex Flying Cloud Back – including Alex's murder...

 

Bering Strait "Theory" A Myth

By Doug George-Kanentiio Imagine you are part of a small group of nomadic hunters, compelled for some unknown reason to leave your territory and drift to the northeast. Your journey may take decades...

 

Delight Friends and Family with Winter-Blooming Bulbs

by Melinda Myers Give a holiday gift that is guaranteed to bring joy and feelings of well-being. Research by Rutgers University found the gift of...

 

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

POTSDAM, NY – During October when you think of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, think of scheduling your mammogram as well. Early detection is a key factor in keeping you healthy. Canton-Potsdam...

 

Orange Is the New Nuisance

Paul Hetzler What are round-ish, mostly orange and commonly found in October on front porches or near entryways? Obviously, the answer is Harmonia axyridis, a.k.a. the multicolored Asian lady beetle...

 

Growing and Reblooming Moth Orchids

by Melinda Myers Brighten your indoor décor with beautiful blooming orchids. These living bouquets provide months of beauty with minimal care. Just...

 

Save Seeds of Favorite Vegetable and Flower Plants

by Melinda Myers Experimentation is part of the fun of gardening. Saving seeds from your favorite vegetable or flower for next year's garden or even...

 

Great Pumpkins

Paul Hetzler Precocious, blanket-toting Linus from the Peanuts comic strip awaited the Great Pumpkin each Halloween night from 1950 to 1999. If anyone else had been stood-up that many times, they’d...

 

"Our Memories Need to be Preserved"

By Doug George-Kanentiio On September 30 Canada formally acknowledged the pain of the residential school era by setting aside that day as one of annual remembrance for the nation. Thousands of people...

 

SLEEPING DOGS

Akwesasne: Mohawk word meaning “Land Where the Partridge Drum”. The present-day Mohawk territory known as Akwesasne is located ten miles east of Massena, NY and across the St. Lawrence River from...

 

10 High Impact Tulips to Delight Your Neighbors

by Melinda Myers Big, bold and beautiful, these dazzling tulips are sure to brighten your gardens and neighborhood. Include a few or all ten to...

 

The Birth of the Akwesasne Mohawk Police

By Doug George-Kanentiio Akwesasne is a community which, for decades, was policed by external agencies. On the Canadian side there was the Royal Canadian Mounted Police with assistance from the...

 

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...

 

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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...

 

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