Spring is almost here, but, for a few more weeks, our windows are locked tight, maybe insulated, and our dusty electric heaters, wood or coal stoves are working at full force. Have you considered the quality of the air that’s trapped in your house?
WHITE LAKE, NY — “We have beautiful conditions, plenty of ice, an incredible sunny day and lots of kids, what more could we ask for?” Those words, spoken by Sullivan County Conservation Club (SCCC) secretary Jay Mendels last Sunday were echoed across the lake throughout the day.
In the heart of winter, the landscape can seem especially dreary, brightened mainly by birds and the occasional white-tailed deer. But a glance around your backyard can clue you in to the antics of furry rodents that scurry about in search of sustenance to last through the season of snow and ice.
REGION — The snow and rainstorm followed by frigid arctic air left some neighborhoods in the region shimmering with a coating of ice. By the time this issue of the paper hits mailboxes in the area the precipitation should once again be coming down in the form of rain.
Why not get right to the point? I don’t like winter. It’s an annual refrain anyone who knows me has heard. The beauty of newly fallen snow aside, there are myriad reasons for my ill feelings about this season. I’m scrawny, with little body fat. Wearing layers of shirts and sweaters indoors, especially when cooking, is cumbersome.
Over the recent holiday weekend, Sullivan County saw heavy snow, brought on by winter storm Harper. After accumulating nine inches of snow on Saturday and Sunday, Monday morning’s temperature in Long Eddy was a -4 degrees F. Winter has surely arrived.
Cold weather is just as challenging to your skin as warm weather seasons. This time of the year, you may notice dryness and flaking, and in some cases, cracking of the skin in exposed areas such as around your mouth and fingers. Exposure to extreme cold temperatures also places you at risk of developing skin damage due to frostnip or frostbite.
SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The Catskill Nordic Ski Club announced its 42nd season of informal, guided cross-country skiing. All trips are scheduled on Saturdays at 1:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted.
REGION — The solstice on December 21 marked the official beginning of winter, with temperatures in the region warmer than usual and with heavy precipitation. How will the rest of the season play out?
Have you ever seen a shrew? Chances are good that the answer is no, given their secretive nature and relatively brief life spans of approximately 18 to 20 months.