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Our View: We’re lucky to have such great park facilities and activities in the eastern suburbs

Recently, the annual Wicked Woods event at Green Lakes State Park received Central New York and New York state level recognition as the winner for the “Special Event” category in the 2016 Central New York Recreation and Park Society awards ceremony and the 2016 New York State Recreation and Park Society awards ceremony.

OCRRA’s Jamesville and Amboy compost sites open for season

Purchase a site pass or buy OCRRA compost at a local retailer

OCRRA has recently announced the Amboy and Jamesville compost sites are both open for the season. Customers can purchase a variety of composting passes to fit their needs, or purchase compost made at the OCCRA facilities at local retailers.

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Local recreation departments receive awards for Wicked Woods event

Green Lakes State Park worker receives Program Leader award

Recently, a group of local village, town and state park recreation departments received local and state level recognition for their joint effort in putting on the annual Wicked Woods event, which occurs at Green Lakes State Park each October.

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Volunteers wanted for annual DeWitt spring cleanup on April 23

On Saturday, April 23, the DeWitt Advisory Conservation Committee (DACC) will host a town-wide cleanup event and is looking for volunteers to help make the town a cleaner place.

Onondaga County Parks announces lifeguard certification course

Onondaga Parks is offering an American Red Cross lifeguard training and certification course beginning with a pre-screening skills evaluation on Saturday, April 23, and classes start on Monday, April 25.

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Astilbes — A great shade plant for the garden

Astilbe, sometimes called false spirea, is a genus of about 18 species of flowering plants. All but one are native to Asia, where they grow in ravines and woodlands. There is only one Native American species, Astilbe biternatai, which is much larger than the typical Asian species and is usually called false goat’s beard, which it resembles in size, flowers, and leaf shape.

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Mute swan pair celebrates spring with new eggs

In the past week, Faye, the female mute swan at the Manlius Swan Pond, has laid three cygnet eggs with more expected to debut in the next few weeks.

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In the Earth: Rubbish in the rocks — Anthropocene Epoch

How are human beings affecting newly forming rocks? Although climate change certainly can affect the formation of new sediments in a variety of ways, there is still some uncertainty about how much of the current climate change is anthropogenic and how much might be part of a normal climate cycle.

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In the Earth: Nine deadliest rocks and minerals on Earth

Part 2

To continue my discussion of the online article in Forbes / Science from Feb. 14 written by Trevor Nace, we come to galena. This lead sulfide is the most important ore of lead. There are widespread deposits in Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri, for example. Just like cinnabar, mercury sulfide, there is no evidence of reduced life expectancy for people living on the land above these deposits.

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Farm to table

Local farms offer fresh produce, meat weekly through CSA programs

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 12,000 farms nationwide market their products through a CSA arrangement in 2012, a 0.5 percent increase over the last time the data was collected in 2007. The numbers have been steadily increasing since CSAs first made their appearance in the U.S. in the late 1970s.

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Sharpshooter deer management plan commences in Fayetteville; period of action will run until March 31

The village of Fayetteville began the culling of white-tailed deer by USDA sharpshooters on March 1, and the window of action is planned to run until the end of the month, Mayor Mark Olson announced in a statement on Feb. 29.

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In the Earth: Nine deadliest rocks and minerals on Earth — Part 1

This is the title of an online article in Forbes / Science from Feb. 14 written by Trevor Nace. I thank my sister-in-law for bringing it to my attention. This article is illustrated by photographs of beautiful mineral specimens.

In the Earth: Anomalies in the Garden

To say the least, our weather this fall and early winter has been unusual. There seems to have been less snow, more sun and unseasonably warmer temperatures.

In the Earth: Talc and zinc mining in northern New York

The holidays are over, and I can get back to work on things mineralogical while waiting for spring. My co-authors and I finished our book on the Black Tourmaline Locality, Pierrepont, N.Y., a month ahead of our Dec. 1 deadline, and it took us only a few short weeks to find another topic pleading for its own book — one not yet addressed in the published literature in a comprehensive way. So here goes…

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Sharpshooters to be used in village deer management program

Flyover will determine quantity of deer will occur before program begins

The Fayetteville bait-and-cull deer management plan underwent a dramatic change this week after the village board approved the use of federally contracted sharpshooters rather than local volunteer bowhunters to eliminate village deer and also contracted with an aviation company to conduct flyovers of the village to observe deer population density.