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Name That Boat and Win It at NY State Fair

Richard Bush rows the dory he built at the
2017 Great New York State Fair.
Will you name it and win it this year?
 Photo: New York Sea Gran
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Syracuse, NY: August 15, 2018.  The Great New York State Fair visitor who submits the best name for the dory built at the Fair last year will win it.

Those who submit Name-that-Boat entries at the new "Path Through Maritime History: NY Lighthouses and Lifesaving" exhibit will also have the opportunity to win a daily prize of a family pass to the H. Lee White Maritime Museum at Oswego, NY.

The Fair runs from August 22 through Labor Day September 3, 2018.

Fair-goers will find contest rules and can submit entries at the Lighthouses exhibit developed by New York Sea Grant and sponsored by the Central New York Boating Industries Association, Central New York Boat Show, Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway, and Great New York State Fair.

A dory is a small, shallow-draft boat with a flat bottom. A 9-foot-long dory was built by Richard Bush at the NY Maritime Heritage Exhibit and launched on Labor Day at the 2017 Great New York State Fair.

At this year's Fair, Bush will construct a 12-foot-long strip-built kayak and talk about his techniques with visitors daily 11 am-12 pm, 1-2 pm, and 3-4 pm at the Lighthouses and Lifesaving exhibit.

Bush has been teaching basic boat building to families at the H. Lee White Maritime Museum for the past 13 summers. His first experience with building a boat at the State Fair was last year. He built the dory and a stitch-and-glue kayak.

"Some Fair visitors came back several days to watch the process. They were intrigued by the techniques used and that someone could actually use their hands and in less than 15 hours have a useable boat," says Bush, an Associate Professor in the Department of Technology at the State University of New York at Oswego.

The winner of the Name That Boat contest will be selected from the 12 daily winners and announced at 10:30 am on Labor Day when the kayak built this year is launched into the State Fair pond.

In addition to the boat building demonstrations and dory naming contest, the "Path Through Maritime History: NY Lighthouses and Lifesaving" exhibit includes an interactive kiosk with information on the more than 70 existing lighthouses in New York, female lighthouse keepers, and the technology of lighthouses; and maritime artifacts associated with the lighthouse and lifesaving service.

Activities at the exhibit include a real-time fish-cam broadcast and the daily 2-4 pm opportunity for Fair visitors to try operating an underwater remotely-operated vehicle used by the Great Lakes Research Consortium for freshwater coastal research.

For ticket information, map, and more details about the 2018 Great New York State Fair, visit nysfair.ny.gov. For more details on New York Sea Grant's maritime history programming, visit www.nyseagrant.org/davewhite.


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New York Sea Grant names Bunting-Howarth as Interim Director

New York Sea Grant Interim Director Katherine Bunting-Howarth

Ithaca, NY; August 11, 2018.  The New York Sea Grant (NYSG) Board of Governors and Stony Brook University Provost Michael Bernstein have approved the appointment of Katherine Bunting-Howarth, Ph.D., J.D., as Interim Director of the NYSG Institute.

Bunting-Howarth has served as an Associate Director of New York Sea Grant since 2011; she will continue as Assistant Director of Cornell University Cooperative Extension, where NYSG maintains an office. Sea Grant also has offices in New York's Great Lakes region in Buffalo, Newark and Oswego.

"I am honored by this interim appointment and the opportunity to provide leadership at the helm of the New York Sea Grant Program. Together, as a team, the staff of New York Sea Grant will continue to excel at 'Bringing Science to the Shore' to serve New York State's marine and freshwater communities," said Bunting-Howarth.

Bunting-Howarth holds a Ph.D. in Marine Studies with a concentration in marine policy from the University of Delaware and a Juris Doctorate with a certificate in environmental and natural resource law from the University of Oregon.

Bunting-Howarth will maintain an office at 112 Rice Hall at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, and will also work from 125 Nassau Hall on the State University of Stony Brook campus. She can be reached at 607-255-2832 or 631-632-6905, kathybh@cornell.edu or katherine.bunting-howarth@stonybrook.edu.

She is preceded by William Wise, who retired as New York Sea Grant Director in late June after a more than 40-year career in marine and environmental sciences.

New York Sea Grant, a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York, is one of 33 university-based programs under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Sea Grant College Program. For updates on Sea Grant activities: www.nyseagrant.org has RSS, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube links.

NYSG offers a free e-list signup via www.nyseagrant.org/coastlines for its flagship publication, NY Coastlines/Currents, published quarterly, and an occasional e-newsletter via www.nyseagrant.org/blog.




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Wayne County's Laurel House Comfort Care Home to Open November 1

Hard Work and a Leap of Faith Produce Big Results- Volunteers Now Needed

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Art Reception for Kim Kraft and Jen Henry

Aug 18 – Art Reception for Kim Craft and Jenifer Henry: On Saturday, August 18, at 6:30 pm, Art Reception for Kim Craft and Jenifer Henry at Books, ETC. Both artists work exemplifies the mystical and spiritual.  This event is free and open to the public. For more information call 585-474-4116 or email at books_etc@yahoo.com.

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29th ANNUAL COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE

Time to register for the Williamson-Pultneyville Historical Society's
29th Annual Community Garage Sale

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Sodus Lighthouse Part of New New York State Fair Exhibit

Sodus Point Lighthouse, Tibbetts Point
Lighthouse (above) and more than 70
other historic lights in NY State
are featured in a new exhibit making
its debut at the 2018 Great New York
State Fair August 22-September 3.
Photo: courtesy of Scott Day/Cape
Vincent Chamber of Commerce

NY Lighthouses and Lifesaving Exhibit, 
Boat Building Demonstrations, 
Name That Boat Contest, Boat Launch
All Part of 2018 Great New York State Fair


Syracuse, NY: August 6, 2018.  Sodus Point Lighthouse is one of more than 70 lighthouses across New York State that still exist as working beacons, museums of America's maritime history, a hostel or overnight stay. All the NY lights will be featured in a new exhibit at the August 22-September 3 Great New York State Fair in Syracuse, NY.

Visitors through the "Path Through Maritime History: Lighthouses and Life Saving" exhibit will discover the fascinating history and lifesaving service of unique structures still standing from Long Island to Lake Erie, the Finger Lakes, in New York City, and along Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River, Hudson River, and Lake Champlain.

"This exhibit endeavors to promote New York's historic lighthouses as significant heritage tourism destinations with information on how people can visit and support each site," noted exhibit designer Michael R. Pittavino, curator, H. Lee White Maritime Museum, Oswego, NY.

New York Sea Grant, the Central New York Boating Industries Association, Central New York Boat Show, Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway, and Great New York State Fair are sponsoring the exhibit that includes:

. interactive searchable kiosk with 70-plus lighthouses

. interpretive panels, including a STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics-based look at how lighthouses function, and a glimpse of Lighthouse Lifesaving Stations as the forerunner of the modern U.S. Coast Guard service

. recognition of NY's female lighthouse keepers

. maritime artifacts including the uniform of a Syracuse man involved in the ill-fated rescue attempt of fellow U.S. Coast Guardsmen in 1942 at Oswego West Pierhead Lighthouse and a small collection of items used at Galloo Island Light built in 1820 on Lake Ontario

. NY Clean and Safe Boating exhibit and mini-lessons with U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary personnel

. an underwater "fish cam" and the real-time remote sensing weather data buoy courtesy of the Great Lakes Research Consortium

. daily 2-4 pm: try operating an underwater drone with the Great Lakes Research Consortium and ESF: College of Environmental Science and Forestry students

. boat building demonstrations of a strip-built kayak with boat builder Rich Bush discussing his techniques daily 11 am-12 pm, 1-2 pm, 3-4 pm; sponsored by H. Lee White Maritime Museum at Oswego

. Name That Boat contest: daily winners receive family pass to H. Lee White Maritime Museum, overall winner receives the dory built at last's year State Fair, and

. Labor Day, 10:30 am boat launch into the State Fair Pond.

"The Fair and its pond in the New York Experience festival grounds provide a perfect showcase to highlight New York's maritime history and waterfront tourism resources in a fresh, fun, outdoor setting to encourage travel statewide and a resulting positive economic impact for our coastal communities," said Acting Director Troy Waffner.

The Great Lakes Research Consortium, H. Lee White Maritime Museum, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Lake Champlain Sea Grant, Oneida Lake Education Initiative, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and Empire Dock and Lift are providing exhibit artifacts and hardware, funding, and staffing support.

"There is no better venue than the Great New York State Fair to put the unparalleled history and modern-day maritime resources of New York State on display and engage the public in experiences unique to New York's waterfront," said New York Sea Grant Great Lakes Coastal Recreation and Tourism Specialist David G. White.

For ticket information, directions, and more details about the 2018 Great New York State Fair, visit nysfair.ny.gov. For more details on New York Sea Grant's maritime history programming, visit www.nyseagrant/davewhite

New York Sea Grant is a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York, and one of 33 university-based programs under the National Sea Grant College Program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. For updates on New York Sea Grant activities statewide, www.nyseagrant.org has RSS, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube links.

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