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News from Up North

August 4th, 2013 · No Comments · Posted in News from Up North

Do you know the author playing fiddle?

Do you know the author playing fiddle?

One of our new neighbors here in Washington County is author James Howard Kunstler, who lives in nearby Greenwich. Kunstler, a one-time staff writer for Rolling Stone magazine, authored The Geography of Nowhere, a biting critique of suburbia’s mindless sprawl and hopeless dependence on automobiles. His more recent commentary and fiction focuses on what he calls the “cheap oil fiesta” and the inevitable crash of a civilization too in love with fossil fuels and easy money. He writes a popular blog: Clusterfuck Nation.

But Kunstler is a man of many talents. He is an accomplished painter and plays several musical instruments (he attended New York City’s High School of Music & Art). Recently he could be spied at the Sunday farmers market here in Cambridge playing fiddle with an Irish folk group that calls itself “Tune Jammers.” Can you guess which one is Kunstler in the photo?

Sorry, Jim, if I blew your cover….

Meanwhile, a man walking his dogs in White Creek recently came in for quite a surprise. The man said he was training his tracking dogs when he was accosted by a woman firing a shotgun.

Police said they later discovered marijuana being grown on the property. The woman with the shotgun was charged with menacing and reckless endangerment. She and another man were also charged with unlawfully growing cannabis.

In other police news, a road check conducted in conjunction with the annual Log Bay Day on Lake George resulted in 26 citations as follows: four driving while intoxicated; five unlawful possession of marijuana; 10 underage drinking; one resisting arrest; one false impersonation; one possession of a “forged instrument”; and five open container violations.

Meanwhile, the head teller of the Glens Falls National Bank in Greenwich was charged with stealing the night deposits left by local merchants. The two businesses involved were identified as Verizon and Tractor Supply. Deposits of at least $8,000 were unaccounted for.

The tri-county branch of the Women’s National Farm & Garden Association will present a flower show inspired by artist Georgia O’Keefe Aug. 10 at the Masonic Hall on Main Street in Hartford beginning at 10 a.m.

The Cambridge Historical Society & Museum will hold the third of its Wednesday summer programs Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. Local historian Ken Gottry will discuss the town’s “yellow brick road,” so named when the town in 1913 voted to pave Main Street with yellow bricks in an effort to unite two parts of the village that had been chronically separated by flooding.

Farmer Dan Cavna of Greenwich will present a talk on raising poultry, egg production and marketing Aug. 8 as part of the Hebron Preservation Society’s lecture series, “Food for Thought.” The talk will be held at East Hebron Presbyterian Church at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Cambridge Valley Cycling’s annual fall ride has been scheduled for Sept. 22. Riders will have a choice of three routes with varying degrees of climbing and distance. New this year: all rides will start from the American Legion Captain Maxson Post 634 on Route 22. Registration is $30.

Members of the Empire State Society Sons of the American Revolution, along with the Daughters of the American Revolution, will take part in ceremonies commemorating the Battle of Bennington Aug. 16 at 7 p.m., continuing Saturday, Aug. 17, on the battlefield grounds on Route 67 in North Hoosick. Ceremonies are to include a wreath laying and firing of a black-powder cannon.

Finally, Rensselaer County Dairy Princess Lindsey McMahon says kids exercising outdoors during these hot summer days should drink plenty of chocolate milk to rehydrate and replenish nutrients. And in case you have qualms about the sugar content of chocolate milk–typically around 22 grams in an 8-ounce serving, or the equivalent of five teaspoons of table sugar–the dairy princess says not to worry. “Drinking a cold glass of refreshing chocolate milk after your workout not only helps your body, but also counts as one of your 3 Every Day servings of dairy.”

Lindsey says her “favorite meal of the day, hands down, is dessert.” She urges readers to incorporate dairy products in their sweets, as in her recipe for frosting containing two 8-ounce packages of cream cheese, 1/2 cup softened butter, 2 cups sifted confectioner’s sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. After mixing everything together, just smear it on your favorite cupcakes, cake or whatnot. And maybe wash it down with a glass of chocolate milk.

This edition of News from Up North was culled from actual news reports in the Washington County Area and is presented here for the enjoyment and edification of our readers. As always, stay alert and please drive carefully.

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