Summer 2016: North Country Notes

A native voice and mentor to other writers is sadly lost

Like every region, the north country has produced its share of mold-breakers. Some, like F.W. Woolworth and Melvil Dewey in retailing and library classification, respectively, achieved wide renown. Others passed their time on this Earth in relative anonymity outside of small circles of the like-minded. [Read more…]

Summer 2016: Wellness

Tread lightly for summer fun

Take steps to ensure children are safe around water

Michelle Graham

Michelle Graham

Summer lends itself to fun in the sun and all things wonderful and warm. Boating, swimming and relaxing by the beach or a pool are special highlights that make lasting summer memories. The warm season in Northern New York is short so we pack a lot into a narrow window of time. [Read more…]

Spring 2016: North Country Notes

A woman of courage and conviction, ahead of her time

Catherine Keese went to prison in Dannemora. Several times. Voluntarily.  [Read more…]

Spring 2016: Wellness

Healthy eating now is your springboard for a life well lived

Michelle Graham

Michelle Graham

Pay attention parents, it’s about time we all wake up. The eating habits our children have developed need a little help. In some cases, they need a lot of help. Building healthy food habits today truly can last a lifetime.

Every single thing we consume really does matter. Simple daily changes can boost overall health for your family. Remember to make changes slowly and add one new health habit each and every week. Before too long, those small changes add up to big results. [Read more…]

Winter 2016: North Country Notes

Our north country is a ‘land of many borders’ within itself

“Border country.” I overheard this phrase once, a discernible fragment of conversation in a noisy restaurant. It’s another name for the north country. When we use it, we are probably thinking of our border with Canada. [Read more…]

Holiday 2015: North Country Notes

Over the river and through the woods for Thanksgiving memories

“Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother’s house we go / The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh through the bright and drifting snow-oh … ”

When I was growing up in the Champlain Valley, we did in fact go over the river (two, actually) and through the woods, as well as farm fields, to Grandmother’s house for Thanksgiving and Christmas, although, being an up-to-date 1950s family, we traveled by car, and snowdrifts that early in the winter were rare, at least at Thanksgiving. [Read more…]

Holiday 2015 Wellness: The 12 healthy days of Christmas

Take steps to make this holiday season a happy and wholesome one

Graham, MichelleThe holiday season is upon us, it is a time of joy and celebration. It is also a time of crazy schedules and a lapse in our best efforts for healthy eating and exercise. According to a recent statistic from Weight Watchers, the average person can gain as much as 7 to 10 pounds through the holiday season. You do not have to be a holiday statistic this year. Follow these simple rules and your 12 days of healthy and mindful behavior can be just an elf away. Focus on whole health and making your mind, body and spirit the best that it can be during this festive and chaotic time of year. [Read more…]

Summer 2015: North Country Notes

Farmers markets a hot ticket in summer months

By Neal Nurdick, NNY Living 

Some folks think people go to farmers markets to acquire food. That’s only part of it. We really go to see our friends. [Read more…]

Summer 2015 Wellness: Beat seasonal exercise boredom

Break up your routine with new, fun local foods this summer

Columnist Michelle Graham

Columnist Michelle Graham

Welcome summer at last. This may well be my favorite season of the year. I love being able to actually get outside for workouts and eat fresh, in-season natural foods. I am certain I am not alone. It seems the warm weather welcomes us to get out and be active. Also fresh fruits and vegetables are certainly plentiful. [Read more…]

Summer 2015: News & Notes

Lynyrd Skynyrd plans Watertown performance

The band Lynyrd Skynyrd plans to perform in Watertown this August as part of the Car-Freshner/F.X. Caprara Kia/Chrysler 2015 Summer Concert Series. The Disabled Persons Action Organization hosts the annual summer series. [Read more…]