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Barbara Demorest, founder of the Bellingham, Wash., Knitted Knockers, shows off some of the free handmade prosthetics for women who have had mastectomies. Volunteer knitters and crocheters who would like to contribute some may drop them at the NorthEast-Millerton Library. Photo by Suzanne Bair photography

Handmade comfort after mastectomy

With the holiday knitting and crocheting completed and red and green yarn safely tucked away for anther year, some crafters are looking for a worthy project to start the new year, and the NorthEast-Millerton Library has just the thing to fill those long dark nights while helping women everywhere: Knitted Knockers.

Eileen Fielding, center director of the Sharon Audubon Center, on June 17 stood by a stately oak at the society’s entrance that for two years has been stripped of leaves by spongy moth caterpillars. Photo by John Coston

Spongy moth attack made return in 2022

The Northwest Corner saw another damaging year of infestation by spongy months in 2022.

Hardwood trees were defoliated on a wide scale after a hard-hitting attack in 2021 by the invasive insect, formerly named the gypsy moth before a name change that recognized it contained an ethnic slur.

The Blackberry River in North Canaan was running low in September. Photo by Riley Klein

Severe drought gripped region in late summer

A summer of high temperatures and unusually low rainfall left the Northwest Corner in severe drought during the months of August, September and early October.

Area experts reported failing crops on farms, reduced landscaping activity, and exacerbated forests as trees struggled to recover from defoliation by Spongy moths in the spring.

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Dutchess crew helps Buffalo

A snow-covered street in Buffalo, New York, after a historic series of storms dumped several feet of the stuff on Erie County just before Christmas. On Dec. 27, Dutchess County Public Works sent eight crew members to Buffalo to help the region dig out.

An up-close photo of Japanese knotweed. Photo by Erwin, Pixabay

To Be - or Knot to Be

In late October I received from a few friends and social media acquaintances a link to a BBC article about Japanese knotweed and the near impossibility of ridding it in the United Kingdom, where the herbicides we rely on here to help control knotweed cannot legally be purchased.


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