Cornell and the Emerald Ash Borer

You may have seen this piece from the Cornell Chronicle already:
http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2018/05/cornell-plans-response-against-emerald-ash-borer.

If not, you may be interested to know that signs of the insect pest have now been seen in downtown Ithaca.
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Fisher Seen in Forest Home

Andy Galloway reported activity believed to be by a fisher a few days ago.

Over the last year we’ve had repeated deaths of our chickens, brutally committed (of course), and two nights ago our last two chickens were killed with injuries showing a very effective but small-headed predator: one chicken killed for the attacker’s pleasure had only a fist-sized deep hole in the breast and the head cleanly bitten off. So, not a racoon or fox. We can see a small fence opening that the animal used to enter the chicken’s hutch.

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Forest Home Drive Closed 6/11/18-8/13/18

The City of Ithaca has announced that Forest Home Drive will be closed from the Thurston Avenue intersection to the service drive of Olin Laboratory, June 11-August 13, 2018. Access to the Forest Home parking garage and the Toboggan Lodge parking lot will be maintained from the east.

Please comply with all posted signage, barricades, and flagger instructions.

To stay informed of construction projects, events, and other situations that can impact parking, visit http://www.cornell.edu/cuinfo/specialconditions/.

Weekly Yoga Practice at the Forest Home Chapel

Amita Verna is offering a weekly community yoga class in the Forest Home Chapel. Get in touch if you are interested.

Enjoy an hour long session of yoga asana practice that is suitable for all levels of practitioners. Whether you are a seasoned yogi looking for convenience and motivation to practice, or a beginner or somewhere in between, this practice will help to build balance, flexibility and and strength in the body and bring mindfulness in your daily lives. Amita will offer modifications for beginners and for those who have difficulty with balance or up-and-down movements or have some limited mobility.

There is no fee, but contributions of $5 will support a local food pantry.

Currently the sessions are at 5:30 pm on Thursdays. Everyone will need a mat. Amita strongly recommends that folks bring two blocks and a blanket for padding for the knees. there is space to store your mat, blocks and blanket at the Chapel if you wish to do so.

If you are interested, send Amita email at lostverma@yahoo.com

Sunday School Help Needed at Forest Home Chapel

Dear Neighbors,

The Chapel is looking for someone over 18 (probably a college student) to lead our summer children’s Christian education program (Sunday School) for the summer months this year. The classes are typically small (at most 8 children), ages preschool–elementary, and the curriculum is provided. Worship starts at 10:00 and usually ends around 11:15. Pay is $25 each Sunday regardless of number of children. It would be wonderful if someone from Forest Home would be able to do this for us.

For more information please contact Sara Haefeli, Chair of the Chapel’s Education Committee, at Sara.haefeli@me.com.

One Bedroom Apartment Available

Dear Neighbors,

This one bedroom unit (built in 2015) is free standing and comes with one parking spot with a short walk to the Veterinary College and the rest of Cornell. Lower level contains the bedroom, full bath and washer and dryer with the upper area containing the living room, dining area and kitchen. Utilities and trash removal included in $1400/mo rental. Available August 15, 2018. Rental references required. Owner lives in adjacent home. For serious inquiries please contact Mark at <markpedersen@twcny.rr.com>.

Chapel Garden Tour and Talk, Saturday, May 26, 9:00 a.m.

Dear Neighbors,

Elizabeth Mount has graciously offered to provide this talk, open to the community and other friends. Participants will gather outside weather permitting, discussing the perennials in front of the Chapel and continuing downstairs with gardening tips and splendid slides.

See you at the Chapel on Saturday.

Town of Ithaca Deer Management – Public Meeting

Here is an extract from the recent newsletter from the Town of Ithaca.

The Town of Ithaca Deer Management Committee invites the public to attend a public comment session on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ithaca Town Hall, 215 North Tioga Street, Ithaca, New York.

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Clean-up Day this Saturday, May 5

This is a reminder to those of you who are available that this coming Saturday, May 5, is our annual clean-up day. We’ll meet at the Forest Home Park.  We’ll start promptly at 9:00 AM.

I will provide coffee, orange juice and decadent (and a few wholesome) baked goods. If you have work gloves, bring them. I’ll have a few pairs to share.

The weather should be good and this is the  best time to clean up since it will be easier to see and remove debris before leaf growth covers it up.

Hope to see some of you there.

Connie Engman

Route 79 single lane until Ocotober

More road closures to affect routes for Forest Home folks because of sewer replacement on East State Street (i.e. Route 79 east of the Ithaca Commons).  Related lane and road closures will begin around April 30 (between Stewart Avenue and the Commons) and are estimated to run through October 15.

For more information, see the City of Ithaca website: http://www.cityofithaca.org/civicalerts.aspx?AID=188.

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