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A leaf of the invasive plant tree-of-heaven (Ailthanthus altissima), the host plant of the spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula). Photo by Alison Robey

Why invasive species matter

Every one of us is familiar with invasive species. They are the bright yellow dandelions dotting our lawns, the startlingly green honeysuckles spilling over our roadsides, and the swarming spongy moth caterpillars prematurely emptying our forest’s canopy last summer. But what is it that makes these organisms so invasive in the first place?

Ethan Arsenault, center, purchased the dairy cows at Freund’s Farm in East Canaan and leased the barn from Matthew Freund, left, and Ben Freund. Arsenault is in partnership with Lo Nan Farms in Pine Plains. Photo by John Coston

Freund’s Farm enters new era

EAST CANAAN – Eugene and Esther Freund started the family dairy farm more than seven decades ago, and when the time came to hand it down to the next generation, Eugene looked to his  sons, Ben and Matthew.

The front shelves at the Norfolk Food Pantry display a variety of nonperishable food items next to a list of fresh foods contained in the pantry’s refrigerator. Photo by Emily Edelman

Norfolk’s food pantry at Battell Chapel reaches far and wide

NORFOLK — Well-known for housing five stained-glass windows designed by none other than Louis Comfort Tiffany, the Battell Chapel in Norfolk is also home to the Norfolk Food Pantry.

Volunteer Director Lynn Deasy said though the pantry has been in existence for decades, “it’s really taken shape in the past 15 years.”

This is a flightless female spongy moth, who has laid her eggs on the trunk of an oak and covered them with a felted mat of her own hairs. Photo by Willard Wood

Spongy moth potentially a threat again next year

It wasn’t unusual, driving in the Northwest Corner this summer, to see whole hillsides with their trees stripped of foliage, the trunks and branches clearly visible where weeks before there had been an even canopy of leaves.

Photo by John Coston

DEA Rx Takeback

Chelsea Kapitancek of the McCall Center for Behavioral Health in Torrington, left, Trooper Roy Dungan of Troop B, and Marissa Kent of the Housatonic Youth Services Bureau were on hand Saturday,  Oct. 29 at Troop B  as part of a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) program promoting safe disposal of unwanted prescription drugs.

The YIMBY (Yes In My Back Yard) award was presented to Jim Dresser, a longtime housing advocate who donated a 5.3 acre parcel of land  to the Salisbury Housing Committee for affordable housing units. Photo by Debra A. Aleksinas

Housing: a big, urgent challenge

GOSHEN — Proving that it takes more than a village to solve the Northwest Corner’s affordable housing crisis, about 80 people, including state and local officials, regional housing groups, representatives of nonprofit organizations, housing advocates and residents gathered on Tuesday, Oct.


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