Lawmakers, local groups deal with invasive species that pose threats to environment, infrastructure
Several new threatening invasive species have emerged in Central New York within the past 10 years that have caused lawmakers, government agencies and private groups to take action. These include emerald ash borers, milfoil, hydrilla and wild boars.
One can buy just about anything off Craigslist on the Internet — including a herd of bison. So when Aileen Randolph and Joe Lazarsky, she a corporate PR executive and he an attorney, decided they wanted to change professions and raise bison, they went online. They bought a herd from Tennessee in November 2010 and brought them to their farm in Fenner, right next to Chittenango Falls, in February 2011. And now there is a bison farm, with about 50 head, that raises and sells bison meat, just a few miles outside of Cazenovia.
The Shacksboro Schoolhouse Museum's seventh annual Peony Fest will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at 46 Canton St. in McHarrie Park, Baldwinsville.
Weekly event will take place Wednesdays beginning in June
It has been years since residents could purchase produce direct from local farmers within the village of Baldwinsville. But, thanks to the efforts of Mike Samoraj and willing participants, a farmers market will take place every Wednesday this harvest season in Village Square.
Final plans are underway for the second annual Farm Fest scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Sunday, May 19.
Manager of the Baldwinsville Farmers Co-op, Dennis Gawarecki, left, and president of the Baldwinsville Farmers Cooperative Association, Harold Crandon, right, congratulate Al Huntington for his recognition by the organization, which acknowledged 40 years of dedicated service by Huntington to the Farmers Co-op.
State Sen. David Valesky (D-Oneida) has signed on as a co-sponsor to legislation introduced in the last legislative session that will allow those charged with animal abuse or neglect to be charged with a felony under New York State Penal Law. Currently, crimes against companion animals are legislated under New York State Agriculture and Markets Law.
On Oct. 18, Cornell Cooperative extension will hold a training session to teach anyone with basic computer skills how to use iMapInvasives New York, the complete invasive species database for the state. iMap reports new finds of invasive species and offers downloadable public maps which serve as an important tool for land managers, conservation agencies and municipalities.
Lysander officials may have to make a decision on the Transfer of Development Rights program whether ready or not.
Lysander is not singular in its identity. This northwestern Onondaga County community draws tourists in from all over the world for recreational activities along the waterfront, as well as for its rich history in milling, architecture and transportation, and its many parks including Lysander and Mercer parks, Beaver Lake Nature Center and Three Rivers Wildlife Management. Oh, and let’s not forget the vast agricultural community.
Residents of New York can receive 10 flowering trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation any time during January.
Anheuser-Busch has announced plans to invest more than $1 billion in its breweries and other facilities nationwide to support the growth of its brands and reinforce its commitment to local U.S. communities where it operates.
I love being in the orchard in the fall. Rustling leaves are brittle, swishing in the early autumn breeze. A cidery-pungent smell wafts up from the orchard floor, where drop-apples are baked into the ground by the late-summer sun.
Van Buren officials have unanimously approved a law that will allow the town to ticket irresponsible livestock owners.
What's in the Box?
On a hot, summer day there is nothing more satisfying than biting into a sun-ripened, thirst-quenching melon.