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Damon Piletz at Books, ETC

Apr 28 – Damon Piletz: On Saturday, April 28 at 2:00 PM, Damon Piletz at Books, ETC.  Damon will present his new book, The Adventures of Kenny Cartwright.  This book is a compilation of the mischievous experiences he had as a child.  This is great for young people.  Bring a kid you know.  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.


Beth Hoad and Sally Valentine at Books, ETC.

Apr 22 – Beth Hoad and Sally Valentine: On Sunday, April 22 at 4:00 PM, Beth Hoad and Sally Valentine will be signing their books at Books, ETC. Come meet and talk with these authors about their book Peer Luck.  These authors edited a diary of a farmer from the early days of Wayne County.  Both of these local authors have written several of books.  Come and enjoy this wonderful author and her scholarship on Macedon history.  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.


Lyons Leadership Class

Start of  the 5 K race
SUBMITTED by Mark De Cracker

You have probably heard that classic song by Sam Cooke called “It’s a Wonderful World.”
I don’t know much about history, I don’t know much about Biology, I don’t know much about the science book, or the French I took, but I know that I love you.
At Lyons Middle/Senior High School there is one subject they will remember for a lifetime the Leadership Class.


Help Protect Our Waters: Participate in Drug Take Back Day April 28

NY Sea Grant Coastal Education Specialist Helen Domske,
seen at right aboard a federal research vessel on Lake Ontario,
encourages citizens to properly dispose of unwanted
pharmaceuticals to help protect the Great Lakes and
other NY waters. Photo: NYSG
Buffalo, Newark, Oswego, NY; April 12, 2018. New York Sea Grant is encouraging the public to take expired, unused and unwanted pharmaceuticals to designated retail and law enforcement agency locations on National Take Back Day on April 28, 2018.

This federally-designated day for collection of waste pharmaceuticals prevents the entry of such products as antibiotics, blood pressure regulators, pain medications, tranquilizers, and hormones, into state waterways and drinking supply sources.

“Proper disposal of unused medications is critically important to protect the public drinking water supply and the Great Lakes ecosystem. Take Back Day sites accepting these pharmaceuticals provide easily accessible drop-off points so everyone can do their part to protect New York’s waters,” says New York Sea Grant Coastal Education Specialist Helen Domske, Buffalo, NY.

Domske is also the Associate Director of the Great Lakes Program at the State University of New York: University at Buffalo.

To find a 2018 National Prescription Drug Take Back Day authorized collection site, visit the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency National Take Back Day website at https://takebackday.dea.gov.  

The New York Sea Grant website has information about the impact of keeping pharmaceuticals and personal care products out of the Great Lakes and other water sources. The results of a two-year research project, funded by New York Sea Grant, to examine the effectiveness of advanced water treatment options, environmental levels, and the potential effects of pharmaceuticals in New York waters are expected later this year.

“Research is increasing our understanding of the impact of bioactive chemical substances on the aquatic food web. For example, research has recently documented the presence of antidepressants and their metabolites as well as antihistamines in fish such as largemouth bass, yellow perch, walleye and steelhead trout in the Niagara River. Although researchers believe the levels do not pose a threat to humans eating the fish, they are problematic and one of the reasons we do not want people to flush medicines down the toilet or drain,” Domske notes.

Earlier this year, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced a $2 million Pilot Pharmaceutical Take-Back initiative that officially begins in April 2018 with pharmacies, hospitals, long-term care facilities and other sites participating in the collection and proper disposal of the unwanted, unused pharmaceuticals. Learn more at on.ny.gov/rxpilot.  
National Prescription Drug Take Back Days take place twice a year, in the spring and fall. According to the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, a record-setting collection of 912,305 pounds of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs took place during the Fall 2017 National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

New York Sea Grant maintains Great Lakes offices at SUNY Buffalo, Wayne County Cooperative Extension in Newark, and SUNY Oswego. For updates on New York Sea Grant activities, the www.nyseagrant.org website has RSS, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube links. 


Habecker Named Director of Laurel House

Newark- When Jennifer Habecker  was given a tour of Laurel House recently, she knew that she wanted to be part of the comfort care home’s future. Habecker was one of several applicants for the position of  Director and eventually was chosen to guide Laurel House.


May 1 Deadline to Apply for Great Lakes grants: Recreation and Tourism New Focus Areas

Ithaca, NY; April 11, 2018.  May 1 is the deadline to apply for the new round of grants available for Great Lakes ecosystem-based management projects through the New York Great Lakes Basin Small Grants Program.  A total of $200,000 is available; up to $25,000 is available per project.

Enhancing recreation and tourism opportunities that capitalize on the rivers and lakes, scenic beauty, and natural and cultural resources that define the character of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region is a new focus area for the grants administered by New York Sea Grant in partnership with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

Not-for-profit organizations, county and local government or public agencies, municipalities, regional planning and environmental commissions, and educational institutions, including, but not limited to, public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities are eligible to apply.

Application instructions are online at www.nyseagrant.org. Proposals must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. EST on May 1, 2018. For more information, contact New York Sea Grant at 315-312-3042.

The New York Great Lakes Basin Small Grants Program is funded through the New York State Environmental Protection Fund and Article 14 of Environmental Conservation Law.


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