If you enjoy gardening in any of it various forms, and helping other people solve problems, then you’re probably a good candidate to become a Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer.
The terrible fire that stuck the Southside of East Main Street on Friday May 3rd will be remembered with sadness. Four amazing buildings were lost, as you will be reading in the newspaper and witness first hand. Many lost their homes and possessions, but no one lost their lives. The dedication of our Palmyra Fire Department and the multitude of departments coming from the surrounding areas was something to behold. Each had a job to do and did it well. Our local law enforcement was on the job as well as many other village employees. Thanks to all for the great job!
So far this spring we’ve been fortunate that the growing season is progressing without any unusual weather conditions like we had in 2012. Moderate temperatures are allowing plants to progress at a normal pace, not getting too far ahead of the season where they may be susceptible to late cold snaps.
An audit report of Wayne County recently released by the State Comptroller stated the County had $59.2 million in unassigned fund balance at the end of 2011. However, the County had $48.7 million at the end of 2012. Half of the $48.7 was accumulated before the audit period (2007-2011). Some of that $48.7 million will be allocated this year to keep a stable tax rate; this was done in six of the seven previous years when the County tax rate was lowered.
As noted by David W. Judd, author of the Book “The Thirty-Third Regiment” or “Two Years of Campaigning” published in 1864 gave Judd’s firsthand accounts of the siege of Yorktown. David Judd was the New York Times writer that followed the 33rd into battle and lived as they lived, ate what they ate and many times ducked the bullets and cannon balls of war. He had noted that preparations were made and all the troops were ready for storming the rebel stronghold. When the word came on Sunday morning the 4th of May, 1862 from some fugitives left behind, that the Rebels had left. A straggler came to Lt. Col. Joseph Corning that Thursday evening the artillery was moved out and on Friday the wagon-trains and some of the troops left. The information was sent to General Hancock who spread the word to the other Generals. The word was mortification as their plans were dashed. Not to worry Williamsburg still lay ahead.
Better late than never, it’s finally beginning to feel a bit more like spring. Soon the grass will need mowing and many other outside chores will need your attention before the heat of summer arrives. With that in mind we’ve included some spring lawn care tips and some basic considerations for choosing landscape plants to get you started.
We know the rain and the mud was a hardship for the soldiers of the 33rd, 7th Maine, and so many others, but there were many other “road blocks” and problems that kept them busy. War is a dreadful event and no one enjoys it. However, to keep spirits up in the unbearable conditions, the 33rd Regiment did not lose their sense of humor. For that matter neither did the Rebels. The bantering continued between both sides some being playful and some angry and hostile. The brigade was under 54 hours of fire.
This is a good time of year to be talking about the syndrome of microclimates-or variations in temperatures that exist not only between villages or cities but what can happen on your own property. A microclimate can be as small as a courtyard or patio next to a building or as large as encompassing an area several miles inland from Lake Ontario, which moderates temperatures.
The year is 1862 and the month is April, rain and mud hinder the march through the peninsula toward Yorktown and then towards Richmond. McClellan was the Union General in charge of this campaign and what a combination of troops it was. A daunting sight as the thousands of Northern soldiers marched towards Richmond. Major General John Magruder headed up the confederate troops on the Lower Peninsula knowing that they were less manned than the Yankees. Richmond was trying to fortify and create a temporary troop to protect itself from the impending Yankee troops. The vast combination of northern troops included the 24th NY, 7th Maine, 49th NY, 1st NY Infantries and the entire 33rd Regiment.
Since we are doing the Civil War by months; and the Civil War lasted for 5 years, we will be talking about battles and events happening for that time. On April 19, 1861 the editor, A. Averill, of the Palmyra Courier wrote one his many editorials on the call to war and the need for patriotism.
Yes, I know it is winter and what can we grow and garden this time of year in upstate New York? I think we all know that fresh herbs are a welcome addition to meal preparation, especially during the next few months.
At the evening Board of Supervisor’s meeting on March 19th the Board passed a Resolution to outsource 74 service and support staff positions at the Wayne County Nursing Home. The first year savings for this change is projected to be $880,000, which is the equivalent of 19 cents per thousand in the county tax rate. Sixty-nine of the positions are Nursing Home staff and five positions are Buildings and Grounds personnel assigned to the Nursing Home.
We are going to be writing about the Civil War and hope that it brings out interesting and unique comparisons and facts. In one of the most glaring comparisons in the month of April was the fall of Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, lead by the Confederate’s Brigadier General Beauregard beginning the fight of the Civil War. On April 15, 1861 the Fort was planning to surrender under the leadership of Major Robert Anderson, but it was not to be. Who would have thought that the same month almost to the day on April 15, 1865 exactly 5 years later, President Abraham Lincoln would die from a mortal wound from a bullet on April 14, 1865 at Ford Theater? What happened in those 5 years between 1861 and 1865 was the bloodiest, hardest fought fight America had ever experienced on her own soil.