Take precautions with oak tree fungus

first_imgAs has been done in the past, a protective zone will most likely be established around the location where diseased trees have been discovered, legally preventing the removal of wood from this area. Until then, the public should be aware of this issue and should take proper precautions to keep the trees in our area healthy.The trees in our area are worth protecting, not just for their beauty, but for their value to wildlife. Oak trees in particular provide both a habitat and food source for many animals, including birds and small mammals.As the weather continues to get colder, please keep the health of the Capital Region’s trees in mind when managing your firewood.Additionally, please be observant of the trees surrounding your home and report any abnormalities to the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s Forest Health at foresthealth@dec.ny.gov or call 1-866-650-0652.Grace CoddNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? An outbreak of oak wilt, a fungus that kills oak trees, has been confirmed in Schenectady County as of Nov. 27. This disease has been recorded in our county previously in 2008 and 2013. Killing trees within weeks, oak wilt harms trees by infecting their water-carrying cells, preventing the tree from receiving water and nutrients.Unfortunately, there’s no treatment that’s known to save infected trees. The only thing we can do is prevent the disease from spreading. An extremely effective way of doing so is not transporting firewood, especially oak wood, out of the area. Even if a tree isn’t exhibiting symptoms, it may still be infected. Therefore, any wood from a tree cut down in the area shouldn’t be transported out of the county. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

‘Revive the Rink’

first_imgDespite the restrictions, Roth said LYHA is hoping to get on the ice by the end of the month. In the meantime, young hockey players like her own children, Abigail and Bryce, are practicing at home with hand-eye coordination practice, agility drills and street hockey on roller blades or on foot. Abigail, 12, is a goalie on Lysander’s 14U girls team and Bryce, 9, plays for the 10U team. Dad Randy Roth coaches both teams.“We’re trying to do some off-ice training with our kids and keep them active as much as we can without physical ice,” Charla Roth said.Throughout the pandemic, LYHA has been holding various fundraisers to support the Revive the Rink initiative: raffling off gift baskets from local businesses, hosting Zoom bingo, helping out at the Earth Day 5K on July 12 and collecting bottles and cans.“We are coming up with lots of creative ways to raise money during COVID,” Roth said.The bottle and can drive is ongoing. The Ream family has set up a donation trailer by their home at 20 E. Oneida St. in Baldwinsville. Drop off your empties or text 315-382-5520 to schedule contact-free pickup.“We will be collecting bottles for the unforeseeable future,” Roth said. “So far we’ve raised $3,500.”LYHA is selling 50/50 raffle tickets for $50 each and is seeking sponsorships on the rink’s dasher boards from local businesses. To purchase a raffle ticket or learn about sponsorship opportunities, email lysanderyouthhockey@gmail.com.While the skaters are itching to get back on the ice, there is still much work to be done at the arena. LYHA is hoping to convert Rink 1 into a turf field by the end of August.“We are working with the owner on fulfilling some of the repairs that need to be done to the building in order to take occupancy,” Roth said.The arena will have to hire more staff to keep the facility disinfected and Roth has been researching what cleaning products to use once the rink reopens to the public.“All in all, I think we’re very anxious to get back on the ice,” she said. “We want to do it safely.”

Ryan Fitzpatrick ‘leading the way’ to be Dolphins’ starting QB, Brian Flores says

first_imgBrian Flores revealed who is winning the quarterback battle early in Dolphins training camp.According to the first-year Miami coach, veteran journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick has been the one to impress over second-year quarterback Josh Rosen as the team gears up for the preseason. However, things could change before the Dolphins’ regular-season opener Sept. 8 against the Ravens, something Flores acknowledged.”It’s still a competition. Every day is a competition. I think they all know that, but as we stand today I think Ryan has done a really good job,” Flores said. “Hopefully he continues to improve and is consistent and that will help this team for sure.”Fitzpatrick finished last season with the Buccaneers with 2,366 passing yards and 17 touchdowns with 12 interceptions in eight games, while Rosen had 2,278 passing yards for 11 touchdowns with 14 interceptions in 14 games (13 starts) with Arizona. “It’s pretty clear to me that Ryan Fitzpatrick is leading the way,” Flores said, via the team’s website. “He’s done that in a lot of areas, from leadership to production on the field to the meeting rooms to the walk-throughs. This is an ongoing competition, but right now he’s leading the way.”Previously, Flores had said the quarterback competition was wide open, but Fitzpatrick has been getting the majority of the QB 1 reps throughout the offseason. Related News NFL news and notes: Dolphins make coaching moves; Ezekiel Elliott still a no-show “He’s been more productive, and at the end of the day that’s what it comes down to,” Flores said. “He runs the offense very efficiently. He has great rapport with the entire team. He has a lot of leadership ability, and we need that to continue. We need him to grow in that role.”Rosen, who was traded to the Dolphins by the Cardinals for a 2019 late second-round pick and a 2020 fifth-round pick, could become the starter in later seasons should the Dolphins keep him long term. Fitzpatrick, at 36, appears to be a shorter-term alternative. Dolphins waive Kendrick Norton after arm amputation, will still pay full salary NFL free agency news: Dolphins sign Allen Hurns to 1-year deallast_img read more