Area residents can beat the 'winter blues' with a visit to the Nicandri Nature Center for free cross-country ski and snowshoe rentals and lessons, inside exhibits and weekly events. Everything is free. See story for more details. Above are Massena Nature Center staff, from left, naturalist Linda Besio, facility and trails manager Joel Danko, and naturalist Thomas Boudreau display snowshoes and skis available to use for free. North Country Now photo by Cheryl Shumway.