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Dealing with invasive species in CNY

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.

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Empire Buffalo bringing bison into style

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.

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Peony Fest to feature music, talks and plenty of peonies

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.

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Farmers market returns to village

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.

Farm Fest returns this Sunday

Final plans are underway for the second annual Farm Fest scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Sunday, May 19.

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B’ville Farmers Co-op honors dedicated service

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.

A legacy for Grace: Valesky signs on as co-sponsor for animal abuse legislation

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.

Upcoming workshop teaches how to map and track invasive species

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 may face lawsuit

Lysander officials may have to make a decision on the Transfer of Development Rights program whether ready or not.

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Farm Fest: A celebration of farming in Lysander

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.

Pay $10 to Arbor Day Foundation, get 10 trees

Residents of New York can receive 10 flowering trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation any time during January.

Bud continues to invest in B'ville brewery

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.

The art of apple picking

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.

Livestock law approved in Van Buren

Van Buren officials have unanimously approved a law that will allow the town to ticket irresponsible livestock owners.

Try melons in salad, sorbet or smoothies

What's in the Box?

On a hot, summer day there is nothing more satisfying than biting into a sun-ripened, thirst-quenching melon.