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Home Depot holds annual Christmas Light Trade-in event

Home Depot holds annual Christmas Light Trade-in event

 

Some are already getting ready for the holidays, and if you have strings of lights that don't work, you can trade them in at Home Depot for new, energy efficient lights.

Home Depot will give you coupons for three to five dollars off your purchase.

This annual Christmas Light Trade-in event runs until November 14.

Tech Valley students conduct food assessment

EAST GREENBUSH - Freshmen at Tech Valley High School are coonducting a Community Security Food Assessment to determine what keeps residents of Troy from getting healthy food.

The students will examine the food sold in stores in North Troy as well as the type of soil that exists in the empty lots in the city.

The students will begin their research at 9 a.m. on Wednesday and will spend two hours surveying what food is available in stores and establishments in Troy. They will start their study at 3361 Sixth Avenue.

FreshConnect bringing local food to high need areas

FreshConnect bringing local food to high need areas

FreshConnect is available online for New Yorkers interested in finding fresh and local food.

Governor Cuomo launched the program last year to create new farmers’ markets and to support existing markets that provided fresh produce to high-need areas.

This year, the program received 121 proposals of creative solutions for high need areas. Funding is being provide for the top projects that show local innovative solutions.

Examples of funded projects include:

CDPHP gives advice on detecting Lyme disease

CDPHP gives advice on detecting Lyme disease

CDPHP is urging Capital Region residents to become familiar with the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease. According to CDPHP, cases of the bacterial disease have been on the rise in recent years in the Capital Region.

Elizabeth Whalen, MD, MPH, medical director, CDPHP said 60 to 80 percent of people infected with the disease display a rash resembling a bulls eye or solid red patch, from two to six inches in diameter. The rash is usually not painful or itchy and it appears three to 30 days after a tick bite.

“Antibiotics are most effective when administered during this time period. Patients who are treated in this early stage of Lyme disease usually recover rapidly and completely,” said Whalen.

Reducing exposure to ticks is the best prevention against Lyme disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends several methods to avoid being bitten by a tick.

Local organizations receive FreshConnect grants

Local organizations receive FreshConnect grants

Governor Cuomo announced Thursday FreshConnect grants to 34 projects around the state that will help increase access to New York farm products for residents in low-income and underserved areas.

"This is really a win-win situation for farmers and for families across the state as we try to provide more access and easier access to locally grown, fresh farm products," said Governor Cuomo in a statement. "These FreshConnect grants will support creative solutions to get New York farm products to underserved areas of the state, creating new economic opportunities for our farmers while, at the same time, providing healthy options for more New Yorkers."

Below are local grant recipients:

Order forms available for Conservation Tree and Shrub program

Order forms available for Conservation Tree and Shrub program

The Conservation Tree and Shrub program is conducted every year by the Soil and Water Conservation District.

The program offers a variety of seedlings/transplants, ground covers and wildflower seed mixes at reduced rates. This is to encourage conservation planting.

Tree tubes, marking flags and fertilizer tablets are also offered. Orders by March 23 will ensure availability.

Click here for see the tree and shrub sale order form.

Farmers wanted for Thruway farmers markets

Farmers wanted for Thruway farmers markets

Local farmers are wanted for the “Tailgate Farmers Markets” at selected travel plazas along the Thruway.

The New York State Thruway Authority is looking for farmers to participate in the markets which open in mid May and continue through Nov. 1, depending on the availability of product.

The markets offer fresh farm produce to drivers on the Thruway and also give farmers the opportunity to sell and promote their products and produce.

Participation in the markets is limited to New York farmers and growers who grow local fresh fruits, vegetables, edible herbs, cider and horticultural products and only produce grown in New York State will be accepted.

Please call the Thruway Authority at 518-436-2831 for more information or click here.