Wednesday, August 31, 2016

What in the World is Blue-Green Algae?

We’ve all seen the news. Beaches closed during the nicest days because of blue-green algae.

So WHAT is it?
The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation says that blue-green algae is found in freshwater lakes and ponds and can be harmful under certain conditions. A water sample is usually necessary to determine if there is a level of harmful toxins in the blooms. It can be toxic to humans, pets, fish, and other organisms. These nerve, liver, and skin toxins can sicken people, pets, or livestock if consumed or ingested in large quantities. They can also cause rashes or other allergic reactions. 
What causes Harmful Blooms?
Blooms may be triggered by a combination of water and environmental conditions, including:
·        excess nutrients (phosphorus and nitrogen)
·        sunlight
·        low-water or low-flow conditions
·        calm water
·        warmer temperatures
·        upwellings

You and your pets should stay away if you ever see an announcement about Blue-Green Algae in a lake or pond that you visit often, until you hear that it’s safe.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Better Choice Retailer Program

Eating healthy isn’t always easy but the Better Choice Retailer program is trying to help make the better choice the easy choice. You may have noticed some changes to your local convenience store over the past year or so, anything from produce displays to wall art to healthy grab-n-go options. Our participating Better Choice Retailers are working hard to offer you healthy options, in addition to your favorite candy bar.

With the wide array of options available these days it can be hard to determine what the better choice is – but the Better Choice Retailer program has you covered! You will find colorful shelf tags placed throughout participating stores which quickly show you healthy options.

There are currently 5 official Participating Better Choice Retailers in Clinton County and 3 additional retailers who are actively working towards designation.
  • Varin’s Market and Deli, Ellenburg Depot
  • LaBarre’s Convenience Store and Deli, Ellenburg
  • D&D Meat’s, Altona
  • Northern Cakes, Plattsburgh
  • Cumberland Bay Market, Plattsburgh
 To find a Better Choice Retailer near you or for information on how your store can apply visit:

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

World Breastfeeding Week Events

Breastfeeding is one of the most effective steps a mother can take to protect the health of her baby. In observance of World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7, learn more about the promotion and support of breastfeeding in the United States.

Locally, there are two events celebrating World Breastfeeding Week:

The Breastfeeding Block Party, Thursday, August 4 from 5-7 p.m. at the US Oval in Plattsburgh, this event aims to help all families touched by breastfeeding to come and celebrate their journey. See more information here.

The second event, The Big Latch on 2016, is part of the Global Latch On effort to promote and support breastfeeding mothers. This event will be Friday, August 5 from 9a.m. to noon. See more information here.