July is Park and Recreation Month, making it the perfect time to get out and experience all our community has to offer. This year’s theme is “OUT is IN,” and there are many ways that you and your family can step outside and spend quality time together — without breaking the bank — right here in Central New York.
If you’re looking to beat the heat, you can lock yourself somewhere air-conditioned — or you can get outside and into the water. The northern suburbs offer a number of swimming holes to help you beat the heat, from sandy beaches to public pools. Read on to find one in your area.
With summer in full swing, many residents will be looking to public beaches to keep cool. But what happens when the beaches are closed? It’s a problem we’ve seen several times over the last couple of years at Oneida Shores in Brewerton, as well as other beaches along Oneida Lake. The park was closed to swimmers late last month by the Onondaga County Department of Health because E. coli bacteria had been found in unacceptable levels during routine sampling.
With the warm weather here and most of us spending time outside tending to our landscapes, I thought it was an appropriate time to remind everyone to be on the lookout for ash trees that look sick or stressed. Since 2002, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been tracking the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer in the United States. Since 2009, it has been tracking its spread in New York state. The Emerald Ash Borer is a glittering, almost metallic-looking green beetle about a half inch long. This bug was unintentionally brought over from China on shipping crates and has been spreading across the United States ever since. Since this bug is native to Asia, it has no natural predators here in the U.S., and none of our trees have any natural defenses against it. It was first discovered in Onondaga County about two years ago. Although the bug is harmless to humans and other trees and plant life, it is unfortunately fatal to every species of ash tree.
After the long, cold winter we had here in the Central New York, it’s time to take advantage of the warm weather and the beautiful sunshine as much as we can in the days to come. We’re fortunate to be surrounded by beautiful scenery throughout New York, from our beaches to our mountains to everything in between. When it’s nice out, there is no shortage of locations for taking advantage of what can only be described as glorious weather. The month of June is Great Outdoors Month, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than by visiting one of New York’s 180 gorgeous state parks and historic sites.
An afternoon and evening of fun and fireworks, featuring a performance by the national singing sensation Kidz Bop, will highlight the LEON Festival to take place from 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, June 25 at Onondaga Lake Park. Admission to the event is free. The event celebrates the halfway mark to the winter holidays and the start of summer.
When Donald and Susan Reason joined other walkers in Hope for Bereaved’s annual event last year, only five months had passed since their youngest child, Benjamin, 22, had died. About 50 friends and family members gathered to walk in his memory.
The 22nd Annual AIDS Walk/Run held June 1 at Beaver Lake Nature Center raised $181,860. Since it began in 1992, the AIDS Walk/Run has been the mainstay funding for ACR Health’s now extensive Adolescent Health Initiatives. The event has raised more than $2.3 million and positioned ACR Health as a state leader in youth education.
Now that the warmer weather is back, outside events are becoming popular again.
As the weather warms and summer approaches, we can all look forward to our first time on the water this boating season. Whether it is spent fishing, swimming or hanging out with friends and family, there’s nothing better than spending a day on the water. We all know that safety is so important when out on the water and that is why I want to let you know that there is a new law that requires certain boat operators to obtain a boating safety certificate. We need to make sure that everyone safe on the water and that it’s incredibly important for every boat operator be properly educated and experienced.
Now that the warmer weather is back, outside events are becoming popular again. One of the first to make its debut this year is the Spring FESTravaganza, a close cousin to last year’s successful Fall FESTravaganza, which drew approximately 3,000 people.
Here in Central New York, April brings days of spring rain, sprinkled with a few glimpses of the summer sun. The changing weather reminds us that Earth is a beautiful place, and we need to be doing everything we can to keep it that way. This year, Earth Day is April 22, and Arbor Day is April 25. While these commemorations bring us together to revitalize our community after a long, bitter winter, they are also important reminders of the conditions and vulnerability of the world around us. There is a critical need for ongoing education, action, and change when it comes to our environment. This year’s Earth Day theme is “Green Cities.” By improving conditions in our cities, we can improve conditions for future generations around the world.
Learn the art of maple sugaring
For most people, Valentine’s Day calls for last minute stops to local flower and candy shops. For others, the holiday is a target date for an entirely different purpose, yet still yields sweet results: maple syrup.
Public opinion split on idea to import trash from Cortland County
For 20 years, the waste-to-energy facility on Rock Cut Road in Jamesville has been Onondaga County’s answer to waste management. However, starting in 2015, Cortland County may also have the opportunity to bring its trash to the site through a potential agreement called “Ash for Trash.”
Got a garden gnome you would like to retire but just can't bear to throw away? The Liverpool Public Library is looking for a few good gnomes who would like to relocate to the library's new wildlife habitat garden.