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SUBMITTED by Jim Hoffman, Town of Williamson (23-Jan-2011)

January 2011

Congratulations are in order to Mark, Diana and Jake Lagoner for Lagoner Farms being one of four farms in New York named this year as a “Century Farm” by the New York State Agricultural Society. To be a Century Farm a farm must have continuous family ownership and operation for over 100 years. Lagoner Farms was originally a 50-acre farm established in 1909 by Anthony and Jennie Lagoner. The farm has grown to over 200 acres.

Also located on the Lagoner Farm at 6895 Lake Avenue is Lagoner farm market, one of several farm markets located in Williamson. Farm markets are making an increasing contribution to our local economy.

Other farms located in Williamson previously recognized as Century Farms include Masons Farms & Farm Market located at 3135 Ridge Road and Orbaker’s Fruit Farm located at 3451 Lake Avenue. Both farms also have farm markets.

As of January 1, 2011, the Western Finger Lakes Solid Waste Authority no longer provides curbside pick up of recyclable materials; it is now provided by private refuse haulers. You should have been contacted by your hauler indicating how they plan to handle your recyclables.

If you do not have a refuse hauler, there is a town wide collection point for both household garbage and recyclable materials at the closed Williamson Landfill, 6742 Pound Road, across from Motts. The drop off site is operated by K & D Disposal. It is open on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. You can drop of household trash at $.10 per pound ($.09 per pound for senior citizens). You can drop off recyclable materials at no charge to you or the Town.

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an invasive insect that has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in the mid-west, is now in six locations in New York State and will likely appear in Wayne County. On January 26th, I will be attending a presentation by Mark Whitmore, a Forest Entomologist at Cornell University, on the potential impact the EAB may have on municipalities and homeowners. The presentation was arranged by Laurie VanNostrand, Williamson resident and Coordinator of the Master Gardner Program at the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Newark.

Please note that this year the Williamson Apple Blossom Festival will be during the second week in May - from Thursday, May 12th until Sunday, May 15th. In recent years the Festival was during the third week in May. The theme for this year’s Festival is “Splish Splash”. The Apple Blossom Committee welcomes anyone who would like to attend committee meetings, become a member of the committee or who would like to make a donation. The Apple Blossom Committee would like to increase the number of floats in the Parade on Saturday (May 14th). Please consider entering float this year.

Congratulations to Williamson High School student Jake Plyter who was selected to participate in The Hague International Model United Nations conference in The Hague, Netherlands. Jake, son of Mark and Missy Plyter, is one of 60 students selected from the United States for this very prestigious conference.

On January 23rd, I attended the Boy Scout Troop 125 Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Kyle Youngs, son of Kerby and Amy Youngs. For his Eagle Scout project Kyle coordinated the delivery of house numbers to all residences that did not have house numbers visible from the highway. Congratulations Kyle!

As a reminder, the Williamson Volunteer Ambulance Service conducts a free blood pressure clinic at the Town Complex on the first Friday of every month from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

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