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Wayne County part of new Great Lakes research project

Syracuse, NY; July 19, 2019. The Great Lakes Research Consortium (GLRC) in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has announced $121, 916.00 in grants for five projects. The selected projects are addressing the application of science to shoreline resiliency, wastewater treatment, methane gas release from wetlands, the impact of climate change on shoreline erosion, and the potential of invasive species to transfer mercury to fish species.

One of the projects includes a demonstration site in Wayne County. Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY, has received $25,000 for a project titled "Increasing Shoreline Erosion Resiliency Using Marine-Based Biopolymers."

The project includes a series of laboratory experiments followed by a field demonstration in Wayne County and full-scale performance monitoring over the different seasons. 

Sherif L. Abdelaziz, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Stony Brook University is leading the project that is testing the use of ecosystem-friendly and cost-effective marine-based biopolymers as a potential "soft" technique for increasing shoreline erosion resistance, restoration, and protection. Existing soil mixing techniques will be used to apply the biopolymer treatment.

The Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District, Lyons, NY, is a collaborator on the project.

Funding for the GLRC grants is provided through the NYS DEC from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund Ocean and Great Lakes Ecosystem Conservation Act program.

To learn more about all five of the funded projects, visit the GLRC website at https://www.esf.edu/glrc/ .


Learning About Book Repair

Jul 13 – Marcia Marseille: On Saturday, July 13 at 2:00 PM, Marcia Marseille at Books, ETC. Marcia will speak on book repair…her adventure and skill. If you have a book you would like to see repaired, Marcia will give you a quote. She will show some of the books she has repaired. Come to Books ETC to hear this wonderful presenter. This group is free and open to the public at Books, ETC. 78 W. Main St., Macedon NY. For more information call John Cieslinski at 585-474-4116 or email books_etc@yahoo.com.


Psychic Night!

Jul 12 - Psychic Night: On Friday, Jul 12 at 6:30 PM, A Gathering of Spirits at books, ETC. Carol Cieslinski will be reading in an audience setting. Feel free to bring a trinket with you for Carol to read. It should have history to it and keep it concealed until asked to show. Beverages and appetizers provided. Admission is $30 per person at the door. This is for entertainment only. Silvery Moon Jewelry, one of the sponsors of the evening will also be showing their creative pieces. Seating is limited so please make a reservation by emailing books_etc@yahoo.com or by calling John Cieslinski at 585-474-4116. Books, ETC., 78 W. Main St., Macedon, NY.


NYSG's New Director Looking Forward to Serving Great Lakes Stakeholders

New York Sea Grant Director
Rebecca L. Shuford, Ph.D.


Ithaca, N.Y.; June 30, 2019. The New York Sea Grant (NYSG) Board of Governors and Stony Brook University Provost Michael Bernstein have announced the appointment of Rebecca L. "Becky" Shuford, Ph.D., as Director of the NYSG Institute as of June 17, 2019. Becky is a New York native, originally from Brooklyn, with a life-long love for NY's coastal ecosystems and communities.

New York Sea Grant is a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York (SUNY). It is one of 33 university-based programs under the NOAA National Sea Grant College Program, and one of the largest Sea Grants in the U.S. NYSG maintains Great Lakes offices at Wayne County Cooperative Extension in Newark, and at SUNY Oswego and SUNY Buffalo.

"The opportunity to serve as Director of New York Sea Grant is truly a homecoming for me," said Shuford. "I am eager to meet, learn from and work with all of our coastal partners, constituencies, and communities statewide, and within each of New York's coastal ecosystems, including the Great Lakes, Hudson River Estuary, Long Island Sound, and Atlantic Ocean, on topics of mutual interest and importance, and to to collectively bring 'Science to the Shore.'"

Prior to appointment as Director of NYSG, Becky worked fro the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Silver Spring, MD, where she managed a portfolio of challenging, high-profile programs focused on the science, management, conservation, and sustainable use of trust coastal and marine resources. This included developing and directing NOAA's Integrated Ecosystem Assessment program and leading NOAA's Large Marine Ecosystem program.

Her career history also includes earning the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship and serving as a Foreign Affairs Fellow in the Office of International Affairs for NOAA Fisheries, as well as serving as a Research Assistant Professor and fisheries oceanographer with the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing System based at the University of South Carolina, and as an oceanographer with NOAA's Integrated Ocean Observing System Program.

Becky will be based at Stony Brook, NY. She takes on the NYSG Director role following interim service by Katherine Bunting-Howarth, Ph.D, J.D., from June 2018 to June 2019. Bunting-Howarth will continue as Associate Director with NYSG and as Assistant Director with Cornell Cooperative Extension, Ithaca, NY.

"The New York Sea Grant team is thrilled to have Dr. Shuford take the helm. Her background and expertise will enhance our programming and strengthen our ability to provide our stakeholders with relevant and timely programming and research," said Bunting-Howarth, based at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

NYSG also has offices in the State's marine district at Stony Brook University in Long Island, Brooklyn College and Cornell Cooperative Extension in New York City, and Kingston in the Hudson Valley.

Through NYSG's Extension efforts, science-based information developed by university scientists and aquatic science specialists is delivered to coastal user groups, including businesses and industries; federal, state and local government decision-makers and agency managers; educators; media; and the public. For updates on Sea Grant activities:
www.nyseagrant.org has RSS, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube links. 


A world War Two Veteran

Jun 29 – Bill Centro: On Saturday, June 29 at 2:00 PM, Bill Centro will be at Books, ETC. Bill Centro will be reading form his book One Small Boat. This book is about his experience in World War Two. He will also be signing books. We will meet at Books, ETC., 78 W Main St., Macedon. For questions, call John Cieslinski at 585-474-4116 or email books_etc@yahoo.com.


Annual Strawberry Social

It wouldn't be Spring without it! Fresh strawberries and good music


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