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    Can we kick our habit in time?

    Friday Dec 2, 2016 12:04 pm

    We are recklessly courting a post-antibiotic era. Meet the resistance.

    By Emily Kahoud



    We are at war with resistant microbes. Whether or not we’re paying attention, ...

    Homemade

    The un-potato pancake

    Thursday Oct 27, 2016 02:01 pm

    The scent of cooking oil wafting from my kitchen, a place where even french fries are oven baked instead of fried, can mean only one thing – Hanukkah....

    Debatable

    To spray or not to spray?

    Thursday Oct 27, 2016 11:21 am

    The most dangerous animals on earth



    The ongoing outbreak of Zika virus disease in many parts of the world has reminded us forcefully of the risks posed by mosquitoes, which are by...

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    Produce to the people

    Wednesday Aug 31, 2016 01:22 pm

    Attacking the twin beasts of food waste and hunger

    By Becca Tucker

    There...


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    Stuff we dig

    Our not-quite-normal holiday gift guide

    • SOAP NUTS

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      This is how we do our laundry now and it's first on the list for a reason. "Soap nuts" are actually dried berries that grow wild in the Himalayas and contain saponin, a natural soap. Stick "nuts" in the cloth bag and throw them in with clothes. When they get worn out, compost and replace. Ciao plastic bottles and harsh detergents.
      $9.99 for 100 load pack
      Beacon Natural Market, Beacon, NY or econutssoap.com

      SOAP NUTS
    • SPF FACE CREAM

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      A New Jersey family founded Poofy Organics in 2006 after a matriarch got breast cancer. Everything of theirs we've tried is delicious. This face cream, made of clean ingredients like shea butter, borage oil and kimchi seaweed, quenches winter skin and protects from the sun. A little goes a long way.
      $30
      poofyorganics.com

      SPF FACE CREAM
    • JUNKYARD GLASS

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      Warwick artist Gary Genetti scavenges busted safety glass from junkyards and turns it into nightlights, plates, soap dishes and clocks. The serving bowls are made using Genetti's open source model that can be replicated anywhere.
      Studio: 74 Walling Rd., Warwick NY, 845-492-1935
      Bowl $148 on amazon.com, search "Junkyard Glass"

      JUNKYARD GLASS
    • COMPOSTABLE K-CUPS

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      You've got a loved one with a weakness for single serve coffee. We can't all be perfect, but "more perfect?" Yes. This funky Michigan roaster came up with the first compostable K-Cup. Because the water filters out the sides instead of going straight through, it also brews a much stronger cup.
      $10 for 10-pack, uncommoncoffeeroasters.com

      COMPOSTABLE K-CUPS
    • HEADLAMP

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      Turn nighttime into outside time instead of TV time. Whether it's gardening or camping, you can do more with two free hands. It doesn't really matter which headlamp. We recommend going with a brand name; they've gotten quite durable and the LEDs have a long battery life. We like the Black Diamond Spot Headlamp's strap that can be adjusted while wearing.
      $39.95 Campmor, Paramus, NJ
      campmor.com

      HEADLAMP
    • PLARN BAG

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      These totes look wicker, but on closer examination you can see that they're in fact made of that ubiquitous scourge: thin film plastic bags. Amelia Bunzey, of Goshen, collects used bags, cuts them into strips, strings them together and uses this "plarn" to crochet handbags and straps to hold yoga mats. She started doing it to cheer up her young daughter who was "verklempt" at the sight of so much trash out the car window.
      $18 and up, etsy.com, search "bunzeybagdesigns"

      PLARN BAG
    • UPSTATE NY TEE

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      Finally, you can stop saying, "eh, it's kinda upstate" and point to your chest when people ask where you live. This cozy t-shirt or tank top is screenprinted by hand in Albany.
      $20 etsy.com, search "MW neighborhoods"

      UPSTATE NY TEE
    • ALPACA BOOT INSERTS

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      Turn your rain or mud boots into all-winter boots with these alpaca inserts, which keep your feet so toasty you might just ditch your socks. Made by hand in upstate NY of alpaca fiber and wool.
      $16 beekman1802.com

      ALPACA BOOT INSERTS

    • This blind man chops his own firewood
      Yonder

      This blind man chops his own firewood

      I heard them quite a few times before I figured out who they were. It was always the same time of day, the same relative to the...

      • Nov 1, 2016 12:00 pm
    • Snowshoes on: local food is just a fallen tree away
      Dig it

      Snowshoes on: local food is just a fallen tree away

      FEW PEOPLE KNOW that you can forage oyster mushrooms in the winter – and now you’re one of them. Sometimes they...

      • Nov 1, 2016 12:00 pm
    • Mailbag: Stop the chop
      News & Views

      Mailbag: Stop the chop

      Dear Editor,

      There is a battle going on here on Sparta Mountain. At the beginning of 2016 residents in the communities...

      • Nov 1, 2016 12:00 pm
    • Welcome Wanderers
      Poetry

      Welcome Wanderers

      On my way to bed at night,

      I pause to click the back porch light.

      Seeming captives of its...

      • Oct 27, 2016 11:22 am
    • When the muse mews…or barks
      Friends

      When the muse mews…or barks

      WRITING CAN BE a very lonely affair, since the very act of having to concentrate on the fiction or non-fiction being created...

      • Oct 27, 2016 11:17 am
    • We Are What We Eat Eats!
      News & Views

      We Are What We Eat Eats!

      I chose the theme, “We Are What We Eat” for this year’s environmental topic at my school and you might say...

      • Oct 26, 2016 10:32 am
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