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March 2nd, 2014 · No Comments · Posted in News from Up North


Just when it seemed that winter would never end, a flock of robins descended on a small crab apple tree in the back yard to feast on the dried fruits of last year. Can spring be far behind?

We may be tired of winter, but Cambridge Boy Scout Troop 62 recently celebrated with a weekend trip to Camp Wakpominee where they tried snow shoeing, ice fishing and outdoor cooking. Some of the boys earned a “Red Flannel” patch by spending 24 hours outside without once going inside to warm up. Way to go, boys.

The Greenwich Youth Center is looking for bakers to help make the sheet cakes needed for birthday celebrations. Please call Chai Stark at 518 522-8335, or leave a message at the youth center.

The Greater Greenwich Chamber of Commerce holds its third-annual “Chili Chow Down Challenge”March 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Greenwich Elks Lodge. A number of local restaurants and caterers are expected to participate. Members of the publec can sample each competitor’s chili for $1 per tasting cup. Last year the event raised $1,200 for the Greenwich Food Pantry.

The Battenkill Conservancy hosts an “eagle watch” outing with eagle expert Ron Renoni Saturday, March 8. Meet in the Kmart parking lot at 10 a.m.

Congratulations to fifth-graders at Salem Central School who recently completed a science unit in electromagnetism by building a working buzzer. Meanwhile, two musicians from Salem Central School were selected to perform with the New York State Band Director’s Association’s “honor band.” Amanda Davis, who plays flute, will join the high school honor band. Abigail Davis, on the euphonium, was selected for the middle school band.

Shakespeare’s King Lear is playing this month at Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, with theater company artistic director John Hadden performing the title role. Go to for show times and ticket prices.

The Battenkill Kitchen is offering lessons in open hearth cooking Saturday March 15 at the historic Wilson Homestead in Salem. Space is limited, so call the Courthouse Community Center at 518 854-7053 to register.

Finally, Rensselaer County Dairy Princess Lindsey McMahon had some exciting news to announce this week: She was chosen “first alternate” in the recent New York State Dairy Princess Pageant.

The dairy princess was chosen after undergoing a rigorous examination of her dairy knowledge. She was also tested on her ability to convey “key messages about the dairy industry” in written form. She was quizzed on dairy products and later gave a speech on the benefits of buying local dairy products. Wearing a white gown, the dairy princess was chosen “first alternate” to represent the dairy industry for another year on the state level.

To celebrate, the dairy princess suggests making baked brie. First, preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Then roll out a 10-ounce refrigerated crescent roll on a baking sheet and place a 14-ounce wheel of brie on top. Pull the corners of the roll into the center of the cheese. Sprinkle on 1/2 cup pecans and bake for 30 minutes, or until the roll is browned. Move the brie to a serving platter and pour on 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup. Serve with your favorite crackers.

Bon appetit!

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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