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Home Grown Magic

No disrespect to mountain laurel as the Connecticut State shrub, but perhaps it’s time to pass the torch to the humble, medicinal, and magical witch hazel.

This wonder shrub finds a suitable home in the woodlands of the northeast part of the country. While mostly present on the eastern side of Connecticut, you can find a healthy dose of it in the woods of Great Mountain Forest (GMF), whose over 6,200 acres straddle Falls Village and Norfolk.

How to spot a witch hazel

Flanking the Chattleton Road, on […]

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The Trail Less Traveled

It’s a brilliant fall morning. You wake up, look out the window at the maples ablaze in yellow and decide to go for a hike. You throw a water bottle and a granola bar in a day pack, lace up your trail runners, and dash to the nearest trailhead, only to find it crammed with cars from around the Tri-state region and beyond. You park thirty yards down the road and find yourself passing people all day long. Is this what hiking is supposed to […]

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The True Use of Art: Local Environmentalist Donates Easement to Protect the Beauty of Agriculture

George Inness, one of the world’s most prominent American landscape painters and one who was influenced by the masters of the Hudson River School, once intimated that in order to utilize art in its truest form, the artist must first learn to cultivate his or her own spiritual nature. For Ancramdale, NY, resident and lifelong naturalist Frank Martucci, the communion between the natural world and artistic expression lives on through his activism. In early March of this year Frank, along with his wife Katherine, continued […]

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Pandemic may Lift Veil on Global Water Crisis

The 2016 New York Drought was considered by many to be the worst drought to affect Western New York and parts of the Finger Lakes Region that exists on record. By the middle of July of that year, the percent of the State by area that was in severe drought according to the United States Drought Monitor was around 23.01 percent, the greatest amount since the weekly reports began in 2000 and nearly 90 percent of the State was classified as “Abnormally Dry” […]

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