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Newark Rotary Annual Pancake Day

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A family affair, held near St. Patrick's Day for over 60 years, the Newark Rotary Club proudly presents it's Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, March 16 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. 


Lake Ontario Experts to Present "Finding Fish on the Move" Symposium March 23

This angler enjoys fishing on the Salmon River,
a tributary of Lake Ontario in Oswego County.
Photo: Oswego County Tourism/Brad Smith

March 11, 2019. Like to fish? People of all ages can learn about fishing on Lake Ontario and its tributaries from professional anglers, fisheries managers, and scientists at the 2019 Lake Ontario Fisheries Symposium will be held at the Fingerlakes Mall, 1579 Clark Street Road, Auburn, N.Y., on Saturday, March 23 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

The symposium, with fish movement as the theme, is open to the public. There is no fee to attend, but registration is required at ILoveNYFishing.com or www.nyseagrant.org/losportfish.

“The program is designed to provide new and useful information from fish basics to the latest cutting edge fisheries technology to a broad range of anglers,” says co-organizer Jesse Lepak, Ph.D., a Great Lakes Fisheries and Ecosystem Health Specialist with New York Sea Grant, Oswego, N.Y.

“Our goal is to attract aspiring anglers as well as generating interest in sustainable fisheries by raising awareness about Lake Ontario’s fabulous fisheries and fishing opportunities,” Lepak adds.

Ten educational seminars will be held throughout the day with question-and-answer sessions following morning and afternoon speaker sessions. Visitors can attend any or all of the programs.

There will be a variety of informational posters developed by regional fish managers and researchers, fish tank exhibits, outdoor gear vendors, door prizes, and activities, such as crafts and casting, for learning more about fish, fishing, and fisheries. 

Keynote speaker Silviya Ivanova, Ph.D. student with the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, will discuss her research tracking salmon and trout in Lake Ontario at 3:00 pm. 

New York Sea Grant, the Lake Ontario Sportfishing Promotion Council, Fingerlakes Mall, Bass Pro Shops, and other partners are sponsoring this  “Fish on the Move” symposium. A complete schedule of activities is posted at www.nyseagrant.org/losportfish.

For more information or directions, contact New York Sea Grant Fisheries and Ecosystem Health Specialist Jesse Lepak, 315-312-3042, jml78@cornell.edu.

To learn more about New York Sea Grant, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York, visit www.nyseagrant.org.


NY Sea Grant Receives Disney Conservation Fund Grant to Support Lake Sturgeon Restoration

Ithaca, N.Y.; March 7, 2019. New York Sea Grant (NYSG) is among the most recent recipients of support from the Disney Conservation Fund (DCF) for its work to support lake sturgeon recovery efforts in New York and lead outreach and education programs to inspire appreciation for this prehistoric freshwater fish and state Threatened Species.

The fund has been supporting local efforts around the world aimed at saving wildlife, inspiring action, and protecting the planet with more than $75 million distributed to nonprofit organizations since 1995.

Lake sturgeon was once abundant in New York, but populations began to decline in the mid-1800s, largely as a result of overharvest, dam construction, and habitat degradation. The fishery was closed in 1976 and lake sturgeon were designated a New York State Threatened Species in 1983.

Additionally, lake sturgeon are listed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) as a Species of Greatest Conservation Need and considered a priority species for recovery in New York. Today, it is illegal to possess lake sturgeon or target them while fishing in New York.

The fish is also considered a species of cultural significance to the Mohawks of Akwesasne and other Haudenosaunee Nations surrounding the Lake Ontario, Niagara River and St. Lawrence River watersheds. Indigenous peoples in these regions have a long history of subsistence fishing of lake sturgeon. Tribal nations are a key partner in conservation and education outreach efforts for this species.

Over the next two years, Disney support of the “Inspiring Lake Sturgeon Conservation” project will help NYSG and its partners address portions of more than half of the three dozen statewide recovery actions identified in the New York State Lake Sturgeon Recovery Plan. Partners, including NYSDEC, USFWS-New York, New York Sturgeon for Tomorrow, USGS, and the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe (SRMT) Environment Division, will offer invaluable expertise in research, outreach, education, and extension.

“Support from the Disney Conservation Fund will help increase awareness about lake sturgeon and the challenges they face as a Threatened Species in New York. Lake sturgeon populations are showing signs of recovery, and we want to encourage that recovery,” said project leader Dr. Jesse M. Lepak, Ph.D., New York Sea Grant’s Great Lakes Fisheries and Ecosystem Health Extension Specialist, Ithaca, N.Y.

Recent DCF-funded projects were selected based on their efforts to implement comprehensive community wildlife conservation programs, stabilize and increase populations of at-risk animals, and engage communities in conservation in critical ecosystems around the world.

For information on Disney’s commitment to conserve nature and a complete list of grant recipients, visit www.disney.com/conservation

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 Sea Grant College Program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Through its statewide network of integrated services, NYSG has been promoting coastal vitality, environmental sustainability, and citizen awareness about the State’s marine and Great Lakes resources since 1971. For updates on New York Sea Grant activities, www.nyseagrant.org has RSS, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube links.


Sodus Project in NY Sea Grant Impact Series

Ithaca, N.Y.; March 4, 2019.  The environmental, economic, and educational benefits of Great Lakes-focused projects spanning Lake Erie to the 1000 Islands region are highlighted in the 2019 New York Sea Grant (NYSG) series of impact statements recently posted online at https://seagrant.sunysb.edu/articles/r/12919.

In 2018, NYSG's Great Lakes Extension specialists, based at the University of Buffalo, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wayne County in Newark, and at the State University of New York Oswego focused on:
. helping communities, businesses, and property owners learn about flood-related coastal hazards and processes, and resiliency measures;
. facilitating new research and public education related to Lake Erie and Lake Ontario freshwater fisheries,
. providing excellence in Great Lakes coastal education opportunities for teachers and more than 17,000 students, and
. administering small grants empowering localized stakeholder-driven conservation projects.

Sodus Point workshop; photo: NYSG/Mary Austerman
Building Flooding Event and Erosion Resiliency
Several NYSG projects in 2018 informed Great Lakes coastal communities and stakeholders about ways to build resiliency to flooding events. For example, NYSG partnered with the Genesee-Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council to develop and conduct a post-flood recovery visioning workshop in the Village of Sodus Point, a Wayne County community hard hit by the record-high Lake Ontario water event in 2017. Sodus Point Mayor David McDowell commented, "Going forward, we will review the workshop recommendations for actions we can take to put us in a much better position to deal with future events."

NYSG played a key role in providing flood resiliency training for municipal staff in the Great Lakes region as well as designing and delivering a workshop to inform property owners about using innovative, sustainable, and nature-based shoreline protection practices as an alternative to utilizing hard structure installations for reducing the impact of erosion.

In collaboration with NYSG marine district educators, NYSG Great Lakes has begun developing and testing a monitoring system to assess the ecological, hazard mitigation, and economic benefits of natural elements and nature-based shoreline installations.

To address the loss of shoreline dune habitat and the development of a sand shoal that has impeded boat traffic into and out of Lake Ontario at North Sandy Pond in Oswego County, NYSG helped form a committee to research the associated environmental issues. Seventy-some residents and business owners attended an August 2018 information session to learn about proposed management options that may include dredging to improve pond and Lake Ontario access and using dredging material to restore dune habitat.

Cisco; photo: Ellen George
Enhancing Great Lakes Fisheries
Great Lakes fisheries received NYSG attention in 2018 through a workshop focused on the restoration of Cisco, an historically important fish in Lake Ontario, particularly for the Chaumont Bay area of Jefferson County. At the workshop, experts shared their knowledge of Cisco and identified research and monitoring priorities for the future.

Additionally, NYSG initiated efforts to reduce barotrauma to Lake Erie Yellow Perch. Barotrauma is tissue damage caused by the rapid expansion of the swim bladder of the fish when retrieved from deep water.

Outstanding Coastal EducationIn recognition of outstanding efforts in Great Lakes educational outreach and teach-the-teacher professional development training, NYSG Coastal Education Specialist Helen Domske received awards from the International Association of Great Lakes Research and the Science Teachers Association of New York State.

Teach-the-teacher class
aboard Lake Guardian R/V;
photo: NYSG/Helen Domske

In 2018, Domske led teacher workshops in coastal counties and aboard the U.S. EPA Lake Guardian research vessel on Lake Ontario. Additionally, Science Exploration Day at the University of Buffalo provided 1,000 students, including those from underserved schools, an opportunity to interact with researchers and scientists to learn about science careers and environmental issues.

Funding Stakeholder Projects
To encourage local stakeholder-driven Great Lakes ecosystem-based management application, NYSG partners with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to administer the New York Great Lakes Basin Small Grants Program. Since its inception in 2015, the program has awarded more than $850,000 shared across 37 local projects.

Local projects from Western New York to the St. Lawrence River region receiving the small grants funding in 2018 focused on building shoreline community climate resiliency, ecosystem restoration, assessing opportunities to enhance waterfront access, evaluating the integrity of shoreline septic systems, and a hydrologic study to attenuate flooding impact on a Monroe County village and its residential structures.

To learn more about New York Sea Grant, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York, visit www.nyseagrant.org.



WHAT:  The Lyons High School, along with Lyons Community Players, has been chosen to produce the Blockbuster Hit
Musical MAMMA MIA!

WHERE; Earl Buchanan Auditorium, Lyons Middle/Sr. High School, 10 Clyde Rd. Lyons, N.Y. 14489 

WHEN: March 8, and 9th 7:30 p.m. and March 10th at 2:00 p.m.

WHO: Open to the Public 

Tickets are available at Dobbins Drugs and the auditorium Box office. Box office hours: February 25: Mon-Thursday, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Also Sat. March 2nd 10-2 p.m... (Adults $10, Sr./Students $8 add a dollar if purchased at the door)

The licensing agent, Music Theatre International, received thousands of applications to produce the hit show, yet only a handful of young performers were granted the legal rights to do so! 

The Lyons High School program, under the direction of Mark Wlodarczyk and Danielle Teeple, have achieved stellar performance quality status. “The ability to produce another premier production (2nd to Disney’s The Little Mermaid 3
years ago) is a GIFT” said, Teeple., “We have the perfect cast, and they sing these popular hits of the 70’s and early 80’s with a level of skill that far surpasses high school level vocalists.”

“It is such a treat. You travel to Greece and get an ABBA concert all within 2 hours!” said Wlodarczyk!

Mark your calendars! You don’t want to miss this high energy, fast paced show! March 8,9 10th! Tickets available from the auditorium box office, nightly, from 6-8:30pm, as well as from Dobbins Drugs and all cast members.

Please contact: Mark Wlodarczyk, Phone: 315-945-1401 or e-mail: wlodarczykmark1@gmail.com


Abundance at Books, ETC.

Mar 14 - Abundance Theory: On Thursday, March 14 at 5:00 PM, Abundance Theory at Books, ETC. Participants study how to practice positive thinking. They learn how to develop life habits that encourage success. These habits include setting goals and learning to manifest. Come and see the possibilities. This event is free and open to the public at Books, ETC., 78 W Main St., Macedon. For questions email books_etc@yahoo.com


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