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September 30, 2013

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Ornament competition on now 

PLATTSBURGH — The Clinton County Historical Association is issuing a call for talented artists to create ornaments that reflect the county in which they live.

The Decorate the Empire State Ornament Competition is a special juried art competition organized by the New York State Office of General Services. Artists can be professional, amateurs or students.

Through a juried decision process, the two ornaments that best represent Clinton County will be chosen to display on the holiday tree at the New York State Capitol. All other ornaments, with permission, will be displayed this winter in the Clinton County Historical Association’s “Compliments of the Season” holiday exhibition.

Application forms can be obtained from the Clinton County Historical Association and Museum, located at 98 Ohio Ave., Plattsburgh, or emailed by request. Applications and ornaments must be submitted by Tuesday, Oct. 15, to the Clinton County Historical Association and Museum. To be considered, all ornaments should be three-dimensional, no more than about 10 inches in diameter, weigh no more than 5 ounces and be tree-ready with hanging hardware attached.

For questions, contact Melissa Peck at 561-0340 or director@clintoncountyhistorical.org.

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Children’s garden aims to teach science 

DALLAS (AP) — From a shaded area where toddlers can climb on a wooden ant or partake in a plant petting zoo, to a place where older kids can shoot water pistols at turbines and watch the energy they created set off water fountains, a new children’s garden in Dallas aims to teach kids about science while they have fun in the lush landscape.

“We can teach better about nature in nature,” says Mary Brinegar, president and chief executive officer of the Dallas Arboretum.

The sprawling arboretum on the edge of Dallas’ White Rock Lake unveiled the $62 million Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden over the weekend. The 8-acre space is designed to help teach science to state and national standards, from preschool to middle school.

It’s one of more than 100 children’s gardens that have sprouted across the country since the idea became popular in the early 1990s, said Casey Sclar, executive director of the American Public Gardens Association. He said they range from a garden inspired by fairy tales (at Delaware’s Winterthur museum and gardens) to one focusing on wellness and healing (at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens).

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