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.

Christmas tree recycling at OCRRA begins Jan. 4

According to the National Christmas Tree Association, there are more than 4,000 local Christmas tree recycling programs throughout the United States. Onondaga County is home to many such programs, and now is the time to get rid of your tree and give it new life by turning it into mulch.

In the Earth: Poinsettias, A favorite holiday plants

The vivid red display of poinsettias has been a holiday tradition for nearly a century. They were introduced into the United States from southern Mexico, where they are native, in 1825 and have steadily grown in popularity. The common name honors Joel Roberts Poinsett, our first minister to Mexico.

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Deer management program will not begin as early as planned

Committee wants to ensure details of program are all in place before implementation

The bait-and-cull white-tailed deer management program that has gained approval in the village of Fayetteville will not begin on it’s tentative start date of Dec. 23 due to the fact the deer committee wants to review all of the details to ensure a successful program.

In the Earth: Three cheers for Fayetteville

By a unanimous vote [minus the vote of Trustee Christopher Randall, who was absent from the meeting], the Fayetteville Village Board has approved their deer management program. Pending final approval, which seems very likely, the program will commence on Dec. 23 and run to the end of March, 2016. The stated objectives are to reduce the number of Lyme Disease cases, reduce property damage caused by deer, reduce the number of deer-vehicular accidents and lessen the negative impact of deer overpopulation on natural plant communities. I hope their program is successful and provides a model for other jurisdictions in Central New York. Three cheers for their doing this!

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White-tailed deer management program gains approval by village board

Finalized plan must be approved before any action is taken

The Fayetteville Village Board voted to approve the proposed bait-and-cull white-tailed deer management program at their Nov. 23 meeting, which will allow the program to move forward for the expected Dec. 23 start date.

Second Annual Baseball Bash to be held to support the Challenger Field of Dreams project

Johnny Damon, former Yankees and Red Sox World Series Champion, will provide the keynote address

The second annual Baseball Bash to benefit the Carrier Park Challenger Field of Dreams will take place Saturday, Nov. 21, at 5 p.m. at The Oncenter Ballroom. The event includes cocktails, dinner, entertainment, auction and keynote address from Johnny Damon, former player on the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox World Series championship teams.

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Village ‘in it for the long haul’ with deer management program

Vote will occur at a future meeting

It was standing room only at the Nov. 9 meeting of the Fayetteville Village Board of Trustees, where residents got a chance to sound off on the proposed bait-and-cull white-tailed deer management program that is pending approval by the board.

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Public hearing on deer management program to be held Nov. 9

The Fayetteville Village Board has scheduled a public hearing on its proposed deer management program for 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, at the village offices.

In the Earth: Fall clean-up 2015

This year, we have had two hard frosts here in Manlius before the majority of the leaves have fallen. This has rapidly separated the tender perennials, which are rapidly turning to mush or dried brown sticks, from those who don’t much care about a bit of cold. The grass, however, is still growing fairly vigorously.

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Submissions being accepted for ‘Elevating Erie’ competition

Goal is to revitalize Erie Canal corridor through Syracuse

The city of Syracuse and the town of DeWitt have recently announced they hope to bring about positive change to the Erie Canal corridor through a new competition called “Elevating Erie.” Town and city planners hope this competition, open to entrants on an international scale, will help stimulate and guide future development of the 14-mile gap of the Erie Canalway trail starting at Erie Boulevard in DeWitt through the city of Syracuse.

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Fayetteville DPW will hold open house on renovated garage Oct. 24

Have you ever been curious about the trucks that pick up leaves, repair roads and plow snow throughout the year in your local community?

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Keep your community clean

Volunteers wanted for annual DeWitt Fall Cleanup

Looking for a way to volunteer in your community and make it a more attractive place to live? The DeWitt Advisory Conservation Committee (DACC) is looking for volunteers to contribute to the second annual DeWitt town-wide fall cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 17.