The week in photos: April 27, 2019

The Enterprise — Melissa Hale-Spencer
Daffodils, poisonous to deer, are early bloomers in a garden at the rear of the Cornell Cooperative Extension building that will feature pollinator plants. On Monday, editor Melissa Hale-Spencer walked the grounds at the extension on Martin Road, across the street from Voorheesville’s high school,  with Carole Henry.  “Anybody can walk here, at any time, from dawn to dusk to look at and learn from the gardens,” says Henry. Master Gardeners are tending the beds every Thursday, from 9 a.m. to noon, until the end of October. “Each garden has a set purpose,” says Henry. “This is a cottage garden … It has a mix of perennials that bloom at different times … soft and soothing.” Read the article.


The Enterprise — Elizabeth Floyd Mair
History in his hands: Wayne Crounse, who lives at 2071 Western Avenue, holds up one of the many intriguing objects from the past in his home: a Vapo Cresolene vaporizer that used kerosene to heat a coal-tar product called cresol with an open flame. Crounse  remembers a grassroots effort by housewives from Western Avenue in the 1950s who wanted a traffic light at the corner of Route 20 and State Farm Road. New Karner Road had not yet been built. ​ “This was a community of residents,” he said, recalling that the population approximately doubled after World War II. “The servicemen didn’t want to live in the city,” he said, referring to Albany and Schenectady. One side street where residents are dealing with development is Westmere Terrace, a cul-de-sac that lies parallel to Rapp Road, one block west. The site where Pyramid hopes to build a complex of 222 apartments and townhouses is at the end of that road, which residents describe as a quiet, long-standing residential neighborhood. Read the article.
The Enterprise — Michael Koff
Ready, set, go! On a rainy Saturday morning, kids line up in front of the Easter bunny, ready to scramble for the colorful eggs strewn on the floor at the New Salem firehouse. See image gallery.

— From "To-morrow: A Peaceful Path to Real Reform"
To control urban slums and sprawl, Ebenezer Howard, in 1898, diagramed “garden cities” radiating, like spokes from a wheel, from a central hub, to provide the benefits of town — jobs and entertainment — with the fresh air, beauty, and low rents of country living.  As open space becomes scarce, municipalities are looking to their zoning code to help stem the tide of development.  New Scotland’s recently-adopted comprehensive plan has a goal of promoting active living and improving community health, while reducing the adverse public-health impacts of new development. Read the article.



"Screen time balancing act," Illustration by Carol Coogan, with this week's editorial: "Balance screen time with the rest of what the world has to offer." The researchers found that high users show less curiosity, less self-control, and less emotional stability. Twice as many high (as opposed to low) users of screens had an anxiety or depression diagnosis.



The Enterprise — Michael Koff

Just missing: Blackbirds' Colby Hoffman catches the throw from Guiry as the Mohonasen runner steals second base. The diamond was cold and windy last Thursday when the Voorheesville Blackbirds played a non-league game against Mohonasen at home. The Birds kept it close for four innings, being tied 1 to 1, but the Warriors flexed their muscles and downed the young Birds, 9 to 1. 


The Enterprise — Elizabeth Floyd Mair 
Golden history: Tenth-grader Summer Stedge wears a ruana draped over her shoulder, which her Colombian grandmother working beside her says is like that worn by workers at coffee plantations. Stedge holds up a black cloth studded with reproductions of famous artifacts from the Museum of Gold in the nation’s capital. The last day before spring break, April 18, was the culmination of almost a year’s work for Guilderland High School’s International Club, when it held its cultural fair.  See image gallery. 


 The Enterprise — Michael Koff
What is believed to be a chopper for corn or grain remains, rusted and unused, in a field in East Berne where a Dollar General store is to be built. Harold Hahn, of the Altamont Fair’s Antique Farm Machinery Museum, said that it appears the farm equipment found at the site is over 100 years old. Roger Chrysler and Tom O’Malley, members of the Switzkill Farm Board’s task force, hope to bring the equipment to Switzkill Farm in Berne to be part of a new farming museum there.