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Good evening! Are you eating your veggies on this Eat Your Veggies Day? Otherwise it’s a rather humid afternoon with rather glarery sunshine. Partly to mostly cloudy and 79 degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a south breeze at 9 mph. It is sticky with a dew point is 68 degrees. A rather sultry summer afternoon. 

Now I’m sitting out back with the fan blowing on my face, not doing much. I’m thinking about going down to the river to fish and then to the store for shopping but I’m a bit concerned that the bugs might be bad or that there would be a lot of people there partying with loud music like the last time I went down to the river e. 

The sun will set at 8:35 pm with dusk around 9:10 pm, which is 20 seconds later than yesterday. At sunset, look for partly cloudy conditions and 77 degrees. The dew point will be 68 degrees. There will be a south breeze at 8 mph. Today will have 15 hours and 18 minutes of daytime, an increase of 13 seconds over yesterday.

Been a relatively quiet day, got my camping gear put away and did some cleaning. Got my hair cut, permanently wired up to the colored lights in my truck cap. This will free up the front  cigarette light port in my truck cap and make it easy to switch on and off. I plan to get a 12 volt laptop charger in July so I can efficiently charge my laptop when camping during summer vacation. I figure I will stop down to the Watkins Glen library several times when I’m vacation to post videos, photos and the alike. 

I decided not to go to the Gas Up today because I think the weather will be better tomorrow. I will try to leave relatively early because I’m thinking of seeing the exhibits, getting ice cream made by their antique engine and churn and then watching the parade at two. Hopefully they’ll still have ample ice cream come their final day. That’s why it’s important for me to get there early. 

Tonight will have scattered showers and thunderstorms before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 68 degrees at 4am. 11 degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 68 at 6pm. South wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. In 2016, it got down to 55 degrees with mostly sunny skies. The record low of 39 occurred back in 1958.

On this day in 1972, Five White House operatives are arrested for burgling the offices of the Democratic National Committee, in an attempt by some members of the Republican party to illegally wiretap the opposition. This would become the basis for the Watergate scandal.

Looking ahead, next Saturday is Latest Sunset of Year when the sun will be setting at 8:37 pm with dusk at 9:12 pm. On that day in 2016, we had mostly sunny skies and temperatures between 83 and 53 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 80 degrees. We hit a record high of 96 back in 1943.

Extremism experts are starting to worry about the left – VICE News

"Experts in homegrown extremism say it’s not so simple — Hodgkinson had no known association to any left-wing extremist group. But they also say that the past few months have seen enough of a rise in politically motivated violence from the far left that monitors of right-wing extremism have begun shifting their focus, and sounding the alarm. They see indications that the uptick in extremist rhetoric and anti-government activism that characterized the early years of the Obama presidency are beginning to manifest on the far left in the early days of Trump’s, and that the two sides are increasingly headed for confrontation."

Video: The Best Junk-Food Fire Starters

"Any really good hunting or fishing trip should involve a campfire—and will involve junk food. But did you know that you can start a fire with your favorite snack? Fritos, for some reason, seem to be the best-known food fire starter, but, in fact, most greasy, salty muchies make excellent and often-handy tinder. All you have to do to start a righteous blaze is sacrifice a few morsels, light them up, and step back.
But which snacks torch up best? To find out, I set fire to pretty much all of the classics—Pringles, Cheetos, Fritos, Doritos, Munchos, pork rinds, chips, and more. And though you can definitely get a flame from any of them, nothing gets the fire ring rocking like a bag of... Well, watch the video."

Stoners Trail

Stoners Trail is bypass of Fort Johnson for passenger cars from Tribes Hill to Johnstown. One of the most scenic roads in the Mohawk Valley, it takes you past many farms along the way. First cutting of hay on many of fields along the way.

Here’s How Much Businesses Pay To Get On Those Big Blue Exit Signs

"If you own a business that falls into one of these groups—attraction, pharmacy, camping, lodging, food and gas—and your business is located near a controlled-access state highway, then you’re eligible to get your company on the big blue sign. This could be a great opportunity to bring in more customers."

"But not everyone is eligible to display their firm’s logo; that’s because the state’s requirements are rather strict, specifying things like distance from the highway, operating hours, required amenities, and number of parking spots available."

Map: Tibbitts State Forest

Map: Tibbitts State Forest

The 893-acre Tibbits State Forest was donated to New York State in 1953 by Reverend John K.Tibbits as a memorial to his family who had owned the land for over 150 years.

Nearby, is Tibbits Mansion which is now part of Hoosac School. During the 1800's travelers on the turnpike, which later became Route 7, had to be aware of the "Shingle Hollow Desperadoes" who lie in wait in the forest.

Today, New York Route 7 divides the Forest into two sections. There are about four miles of hiking and logging trails. An old logging road starts gradually up the hill from the parking spot on Route 7. To the left is the "Nature Trail" and to the right a two mile hike around the back side of the hill following another logging road.

If you head west from the start of the "Nature Trail", you will find easy walking for about 1.5 miles as it parallels Route 7 and Shingle Hollow Creek. The forest has groves of pine, hemlock, and white oak. Ferns and wildflowers thrive throughout.

For those outdoor enthusiasts, the trails lend themselves to hiking and cross-country skiing along with trail rides. For hunters, the forest offers many opportunities to hunt for a large variety of wildlife. For anglers, try fishing Shingle Hollow, a NYS classified trout stream with trout spawning designation.

http://www.townofhoosick.org/tibbits.shtml