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"That tree is absolutely glowing!"

"That tree is absolutely glowing!"

MEDINA, NY

“That tree is absolutely glowing!”

The seemingly luminescent tree is known as Nyssa sylvatica- the Black Gum- also known as the Tupelo, Sour Gum, or Black Tupelo.  The tree is native to lowland places in the eastern United States, ranging from Maine, west to Ontario and Michigan and South to Texas and Florida.  The generic name refers to the Greek water nymph Nyssa, while the species epithet, sylvatica, means “of the woods”. Interestingly, the Black Gum is not really a gum tree at all.

Dragonfly

Dragonfly

This dragonfly hovered and alit on reeds and bamboo in my pond several times. It even stayed long enough for a dash into the house for a camera and a lens change. 

Lewiston Garden Fest Now Accepting Vendors

Lewiston Garden Fest Now Accepting Vendors

The recent warmer temperatures have gotten many, including the Lewiston Garden Club, thinking about their gardens and other landscaping projects. The Lewiston Garden Club, which sponsors Lewiston Garden Fest, is now accepting vendor applications for its seventh annual event on Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24, 2012 along Center Street in Lewiston. Businesses and vendors who sell items related to gardening, horticulture and the outdoors, including nurseries, landscapers, garden artists, builders and others which enhance beauty in the garden, are encouraged to apply.

“Lewiston Garden Fest brings both gardeners of varying skill levels and visitors alike from all over Western New York and Southern Ontario to our historic village to learn how to beautify their outdoor space,” said Sharon Low, vendor chair and president of the Lewiston Garden Club. “We welcome any and all vendors who sell garden or outdoor-related items to apply for this summer’s event.”

Chamber of Commerce to host 5th Annual Home and Garden Show April 14th and 15th

Chamber of Commerce to host 5th Annual Home and Garden Show April 14th and 15th

A Statement Released by The Orleans County Chamber of Commerce

 

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Farmers & Artisans Supports WNY’s College Community

Farmers & Artisans Supports WNY’s College Community

Farmers & Artisans, a unique Williamsville store offering consumers a personal connection to local family farms, is reaching out to the local college community. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Wednesday through November 16, Farmers & Artisans will take part in the University at Buffalo North Campus Farmers Market in the Capen Hall overhang.

“We are bringing apples, pears and fruit juices from Blackman Farm, other local in-season fruits, all-natural bakery items made with organic New York state flour and other local ingredients, and yogurts and dairy from local dairies,” according to Julie

Blackman of Farmers & Artisans. “Meat items will also be available by pre-ordering at the market or at Farmers & Artisans.”

The Sweet Smell of the Katsura Tree

The Sweet Smell of the Katsura Tree

BUFFALO - July 27, 2011- Yesterday, my colleague and I were canvassing Buffalo in search of local history.  While ambling through the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park, I recognized a very familiar sugary scent.

 

“Do you smell that?” I asked.  

 

“I do!” she exclaimed, “It smells like cotton candy!  Where is it?”

 

Raccoon With Rabies Found in Niagara Falls

Raccoon With Rabies Found in Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y.- The Niagara County Department of Health (NCDOH) received confirmation today from the NYSDOH Wadsworth Rabies Laboratory that a raccoon submitted for testing yesterday was rabid. The raccoon had contact with a dog on 20th Street in the City of Niagara Falls and was subsequently captured by a wildlife rehabilitator and euthanized. This is the first rabid ground animal confirmed in the County this year. Previously, only three bats were confirmed as rabid in 2011. Confirmation of rabies in a wild animal in the City of Niagara Falls is unusual. However rare, rabid animals have occasionally been identified within the city over the years since the rabies prevention program began in the county .