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Lichens Only Look Guilty

Submitted by Paul Hetzler The high school I attended was too small to have football or track-and-field, which was no great loss, as the only sport I have ever been good at is jumping to conclusions....

 

On the American Uprising of 2020

By Doug George-Kanentiio That an American police force assaults and kills a member of an ethnic minority is not unusual for Native people who have endured murderous and deliberate violence applied...

 

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Keep Off the Grass

Submitted by Paul Hetzler I’ve been wary of lawns since about 1970 when I saw a public-service TV ad which featured a leafy green bundle dropping into an eerily vacant playground. A baritone,...

 

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Live Long and Prosper Together

Submitted by Paul Hetzler I imagine there was a lot more handwringing prior to the Covid-19 lockdown in Switzerland as compared to other countries, because since 2008 it has been a federal crime there...

 

Good Bees and Better Bees

Submitted by Paul Hetzler On a warm, sunny day in May, bees of various stripes come out of the woodwork, seemingly lost. By definition, it’s only a “real” bee if it’s wearing fur, but not...

 

Older Adults in Isolation

Kimberly Groshans - Intern 4-H Camp Overlook Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin & St. Lawrence County The population of the North Country is currently been asked to isolate at home during this...

 

Ticked Off

Submitted by Paul Hetzler Mosquitoes suck and black flies bite. But enough complaining. It seems the price we pay for warm weather is the onset of bug bites. Clouds of mosquitoes suck the fun out of...

 

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The Illuminated Fog

Yesterday's lies shadow today's truth A tastey brew Difficult to chew The herd swallows Cocktails of the mind Rob the soul shallow Collective crimes...

 

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COVID-19 and American Racism: A Mohawk Perspective

By Doug George-Kanentiio Akwesasne Mohawk I was fortunate to work with a highly skilled, compassionate and effective group of first responders called the Akwesasne Emergency Team. A volunteer, mostly...

 

Deep Thoughts

Submitted by Paul Hetzler, ISA Certified Arborist Driving around on spring weekends makes me sad. It’s because I always pass at least one family out on the lawn in an American Gothic configuration:...

 

Dedicated to all the children who are separated from their mother's during this difficult time!

When I first held you in my arms I swore I’d love you everyday but there was something I forgot to tell you sometimes mothers go away I never meant to hurt you and hope you understand that any...

 

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Covid-19 Impacting the 2020 Maple Sugaring Season

Submitted by Rich Gast, Cornell Cooperative Extension   As I start to write this, it's raining and 50°F outside. Several days of above freezing...

 

April Juneberries

Submitted by Paul Hetzler, ISA Certified Arborist A regional attraction opens each April, and for roughly four weeks – depending on shade, aspect and elevation – you can view the “show” at...

 

An Introduction to Viruses

Submitted by Rich Gast, Cornell Cooperative Extension Franklin County I've heard it said that there are ten million times more viruses on Earth than...

 

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Shekon Akwekon, In watching the uncertainty with the progressing sickness which has plagued the planet, it is hard not to panic, but it is crucial to stay calm. Think. Improvise. Be creative. With...

 

How the Mohawks Responded to Historical Plagues

By Doug George-Kanentiio, Akwesasne Mohawk When I was growing up on Akwesasne Mohawk Territory there were social habits which reflected an historical response to the devastating communicable diseases...

 

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Planning Your First Vegetable Garden

Submitted by Rich Gast, Cornell Cooperative Extension Franklin County Growing your own vegetables, at least some of them, is a great way to provide...

 

Rethinking the Norway Maple

Submitted by Paul Hetzler, ISA Certified Arborist When Norway broke from Sweden in 1905, the newly independent country promised to stay neutral in all international conflicts. However, it has let...

 

GROWING CONCERN BY AKWESASNE AS PROTESTS CONTINUE IN SUPPORT OF THE WET'SUWET'EN

By Joyce King It was a simple inquiry by my 15-year-old granddaughter: why are Mohawk people being arrested at the protest areas? To give a little background, the issue at hand is a $6.6 billion, 670...

 

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