Woodlot Management Workshop 2012

Mark your calendar for Saturday morning June 2nd and check back here soon for details. We are currently finalizing the details for this workshop and will update this information shortly. You may also want to register for our Master Gardener e-mail updates. After registering you’ll receive monthly garden and landscape tips and upcoming events that include woodlot programs held in Wayne County.To register e-mail us at


Pond Management Workshop –Sat. March 31st, 2012 9am to noon

Ponds can be useful and a great source of enjoyment but too often they become maintenance nightmares. If you have a pond or are considering constructing an earthen pond we invite you join us at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Wayne County where Rebecca Schnieder, Associate Professor from the Dept. of Natural Resources at Cornell University and Peter Austerman, Aquatic Biologist from NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation will address common pond management issues. This workshop will focus on management issues including pond weed and fish management and will cover options available to pond owners that can help them address common pond problems and decrease the likelihood of problems occurring.

To register send your payment of $12.00 per participant to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wayne County, 1581 Rte 88 N., Newark, NY 14513 by Friday, March 23rd (Please write pond management in the memo section of your check).

For additional information please contact CCE of Wayne at 315-331-8415.


When: In May on the Saturday before Mother’s Day from 8:00 am to 11:30
Where: At the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wayne County, 1581 Rte 88 North, Newark

Join us to get some great plants for your gardens and home landscapes. Plants available for purchase are a combination of shrubs, perennials, herbs, annual vegetables and flowers that are provided by local nurseries and from Master Gardener’s private collections. We sell out quickly so don’t delay!

Proceeds help support the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Community Horticulture program.

For more information call 315-331-8415.


Whether you have a green thumb or not, here’s a golden opportunity for you to see what your gardening neighbors are doing. Join our Master Gardeners in June for this annual event. Each year tour goers discover a diverse selection of wonderful gardens that are located within a compact geographic area, which means a savings of travel time and gas for ticket holders.

We typically have 5 gardens on our tour that showcase woody plants, flower gardens, water features, vegetable gardening and composting – there’s something for everyone.

The Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners hope that if you missed our last tour, you’ll join us the following year for a tour highlighting a new selection of wonderful Wayne County gardens.

Tour passports are on sale in the spring prior to this event. For more information please call (315) 331-8415.

We’re also looking for suggestions from you for Wayne County gardens that might be tour sites in future years. Please contact us 315-331-8415 ext. 107 if you know of a possible site!


Presented by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wayne County Master Gardeners

What could be better than spending a Saturday morning creating wonderful holiday decorations out of evergreen boughs? Start the holiday season off with our workshop on selection and use of holiday greens to decorate your home! During the three hour session, participants make a fresh wreath, an evergreen swag, and a 15 inch tall tabletop tree or centerpiece to take home and enjoy through the holiday season. Please bring small pruners & gloves.

The workshop will be held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving from 9:00 AM – Noon at the Town of Ontario Recreation Lodge, Casey Park, Knickerbocker Road, Ontario.

This class fills up fast and class size is limited to the first 45 paid participants, so a pre-paid registration is highly recommended. For current registration fee and class availability please contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wayne County at 315-331-8415. Registration will close when we reach 45 paid participants.

To register send your payment to: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wayne County, 1581 Rte 88 North, Newark, NY 14513.

Heat Stress Resources

These resources were conpiled and provided by EDEN – The Extension Disaster Education Network, of which Cornell Cooperative Extension is a partner.  Please watch the weather and prepare yourself and your family, your farm, your animals/pets and community members. 

Resources offered by EDEN

Several States that are part of the national EDEN network responded to a July 11 general inquiry about heat wave / extreme heat resources, programming and delegates’ needs for such information.  The following resources and tips were shared.

National Weather Service – Heat page   

Resources for the Elderly – used and provided by K-State

Resources on working when it’s hot – provided by Alabama

Working in these hot conditions is taxing on the body. Be prepared to take care of yourself and others when you work outdoors this summer. 
Heat Safety Fact Sheet (OSHA publication: pdf) 
Heat Safety Fact Sheet – Spanish version (OSHA publication in Spanish: pdf)
Skin Cancer: Protect Yourself (ACES brochure)
Sun Safe (ACES brochure)
Coping with Hot Work Environments (Extensión en Español publication, available in English and Spanish) 

Press release on fluids for managing heat – provided by K-State
            Fluids Important to Managing Heat, Humidity Safely
                   Includes sidebar: Encourage Fluids for Children

Indiana distributed two fliers to county offices. These contain information taken with permission from the Indiana State Department of Health.     IN-Symptoms.doc      IN-Tips.doc 

Illinois forwarded the NWS Heat information reference (above) to field offices, with additional comments regarding animals. See separate section on animals, below

“…for production animals we caution that they be given plenty of fresh water, shade and ventilation. If a four-legged farm animal refuses to eat, is salivating excessively, exhibits labored breathing or has convulsions the vet should be called and the animal bathed in cool water starting at the ribs and working the way down the legs.” 

Kansas pulled out last year’s audio files for understanding heat and has shared these four:
               HeatIndex.mp3           Muggy.mp3           Humidity.mp3            Dehydration.mp3

Heat Cautions for Animals 

General advice provided to locals by Illinois Extension:  “…for production animals we caution that they be given plenty of fresh water, shade and ventilation. If a four-legged farm animal refuses to eat, is salivating excessively, exhibits labored breathing or has convulsions the vet should be called and the animal bathed in cool water starting at the ribs and working the way down the legs.”   (Rick Atterbery)

Farm animal resources identified by Julie Smith (VT) at our request:

These are not necessarily the most up-to-date or complete resources but contain sound information.

Heat stress forecasts – Livestock (USDA-ARS and NOAA-NWS)  Greg Brenneman (IA) says the site “predicts heat stress for livestock (especially cattle) out for a 7 day period. It takes into account not only temperature and humidity but cloud cover and wind speed as well. It is one our producers have found very useful in being prepared for heat stress conditions.”

Hot Weather, Dogs and Outdoor Activities may not mix – news release, K-State

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug – A new pest for us to watch for!

This true bug in the insect family Pentatomidae has the potential to become a serious pest of fruit, vegetable and farm crops. In its native range (China, Japan, Korea) it feeds on a wide variety of host plants. Fruits attacked include apples and peaches and it has also been reported on many ornamental plants and trees (including maple, serviceberry, birch, butterflybush, catalpa, hackberry, redbud, dogwood, rose, lilac, linden, viburnum) soybeans, sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, and the list goes on.

In addition, this pest can become a nuisance pest both indoors and out when it is attracted to the outside of houses on warm fall days in search of protected, overwintering sites.

If you think you may have this pest please bring it to our office (or your local CCE) in a glass or plastic container for id. This will help us monitor its movement in NYS.


Visit our composting demonstration site where we have several different composting units on display. To learn more about composting and receive a FREE fact sheet set contact our Master Gardeners at (315)331-8415 ext. 107 – please leave your name and mailing address. It’s easy to learn how to compost so you can decrease what you send to the landfill while creating a great soil amendment that benefits your home garden, lawn and landscapes.

Composting is a convenient way to handle your yard wastes. It can be easier and cheaper than bagging these wastes or taking them to the transfer station. Compost also improves your soil and the plants growing in it. If you have a garden, lawn, trees, shrubs, or even planter boxes, you have a use for compost.

By using compost you return organic matter to the soil in a usable form. Organic matter in the soil improves plant growth by helping to break up heavy clay soils and improving their structure, by adding water and nutrient-holding capacity to sandy soils, and by adding essential nutrients to any soil. Improving your soil is the first step toward improving the health of your plants. Healthy plants are less susceptible to insect pests and plant diseases and can help clean our air and conserve our soil, making our communities healthier places in which to live.

Learn about small scale and home composting today!

For locations of NYS Small Scale Compost Demonstration Sites including Wayne County visit

If you would like to receive our monthly home garden and landscape tips and upcoming events please e-mail



Bed Bugs are Back

Unfortunately, bed bugs have made a worldwide comeback. They’re also turning up in surprising places, such as fancy hotels, hospitals, college dorms, laboratories, airports, and maybe even your home. Why? Many experts consider globalization a major culprit. People and goods are traveling more widely and in greater numbers than ever before. Bed bugs are nocturnal, small, shy, and easily overlooked—and the adults can live for half a year without food—making them perfect stowaways in luggage and shipping crates.

So what should you do about bed bug infestations? First, relax. Although they feed exclusively on blood, bed bugs are not known to transmit any diseases to humans. They may be horrifying to some, but they pose less of a risk to us than do mosquitoes. In fact, if improperly applied, pesticides intended to manage bed bugs could be dangerous to your health. The best strategy to deal with bed bugs is integrated pest management (IPM), which combines a variety of practical techniques and products that pose the lowest risk to our health and to the environment.

If you live in Wayne County and think you might have bed bugs but want to be sure, you can bring these pests to our office (in a sealed container please) for id.

NYS EAB Community Preparedness Plan Development Workbook

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an invasive insect recently discovered in several regions of NY. This insect is known to kill ash trees of all species, size and vigor and spreads through flight and by transportation in firewood, logs, and nursery stock. The impact of EAB on communities is profound and comparable to the loss of American elm or American chestnut. Community‐level planning is essential to manage the potential for impacts on health, safety, and economics that have occurred in all other communities affected by EAB.

The community preparedness plan workbook, available to Town Supervisors, can be obtained by contacting the CCE Wayne County office or at . This workbook can be a valuable tool when developing a plan to prepare for the arrival of the Emerald Ash Borer or to begin dealing with the many issues that are facing communities where it has already become established. EAB Preparedness Plans can help answer the challenging questions that need to be asked to facilitate better decision making for your community as well as identify key players that can help manage the severe financial and aesthetic impacts of this devastating insect.


Update 11-20-08

CCE Celebrates Successes!

More than 100 people gathered at the Quality Inn on Nov 14 to share in the celebration of Cornell Cooperative Extension Wayne County.

Three people were elected to serve a three year term on the Board of Directors: Diane Devlin of Lyons, Robin Hall of Ontario and Rebecca Remington of Marion. Retiring from the Board were James Miller, Craig Wert, and Marilyn Powley. Elizabeth Claypoole, Executive Director, thanked those newly elected and distributed certificates of thanks to those leaving the Board.

Board President, Robert Deemer of Palmyra, presented certificates of appreciation to Lynn Petrosino for 10 years of service to CCE and to Beth Claypoole for 20 years of service in the Cornell Cooperative Extension System.

Special volunteer awards representing Friends of Extension were distributed to volunteers who went above and beyond the call of duty for helping CCE extend their commitment to the community through educational programs. Those specially recognized include:

Marcia Plain of Newark has been involved in Eat Smart NY for many years. Last summer Marcia rounded up children from Driving Park Circle for the weekly garden and nutrition sessions. After several episodes of vandalism at the garden, Marcia helped identify those responsible for the vandalism. She agreed to help monitor the situation by making regular visits when the children were near the garden, talking to them, and showing them the proper way to treat the vegetables. Without Marcia, this project would not have been successful.

Michael Breen of Newark is a key collaborator with Eat Smart NY. As the owner of Save-a-Lot grocery store in Newark, Michael has welcomed Daisy Greene and Lisa Steitler into his store to conduct monthly food demonstrations using seasonally available foods and low-cost, nutritious recipes. He provides the needed ingredients free of charge, gives Daisy and Lisa a prime location and promotes the food demonstrations and tastings over the loud speaker. The arrangement quickly proved to be effective in recruiting families for Eat Smart NY and promoting CCE other programs. We are grateful for his enthusiastic support and the support of his family and staff.

Matt Kernan of Shortsville has been a registered volunteer for the Wayne County 4-H Horse Program for the last 8 years. For years, he has helped set up and take down the jumps at 4-H Horse shows in Palmyra, often late at night, working by the headlights of his truck as he puts the equipment away after the day’s show. He has also been a regular at horse registration days and is always there to help at horse educational events in the winter. Matt is a regular contributor in the horse program at monthly committee meetings and a Representative at Regional Horse Program Planning sessions in addition to those early mornings and late nights during horse show season. He is truly one of the behind-the-scenes heroes that make the 4-H program go!

Kathy Eckert of Newark has been a vital part of the Wayne County 4-H program for 31 years. In 1977 Kathy started the 4-H club Spirits of Tomorrow. Her spirit and dedication to the 4-H program follows her wherever she goes. Over the past several years Kathy has served on the Home Ecc PDC, Horticulture PDC and has most recently taken over the 4-H Teen Exchange program. One of Kathy’s many talents is to organize. During fair week you can usually find her organizing the blue ribbon bake sale, milk and cookies contest, teen exchange activities or just running errands for the 4-H office or her family. Kathy takes a true interest in her 4-Hers and is always willing to lend a hand in helping them succeed. Watching Kathy interact with 4-Hers, parents and fellow volunteers is a pleasure. Kathy always has a good story to share about events in the past or that one crazy idea a past 4-Her had. Kathy is priceless to the 4-H program and it’s volunteers like herself that make our program such a success. Eckert also received the special Executive Director’s Award for her overall contribution to CCE Wayne County.

Ruth Schutt of Ontario has been a volunteer in the Wayne County Master Gardener Program for the past 20 years. During her years of service Ruth has faithfully attended our monthly meetings and advanced trainings. Her numerous gardening articles written for various publications reach even more people. By reading to students on Ag Literacy Day she has introduced gardening to our youth. The Holiday Greens Workshop and Master Gardener Plant Sale are two events that are essential to our educational outreach efforts in Wayne County. Ruth has been the chairperson of our plant sale for the past 7 years and chaired our holiday greens workshop for the past 5. Ruth is a very devoted volunteer and we are proud to honor her this evening. Ruth, we are very thankful to have you as a Master Gardener Volunteer in Wayne County.

Wendy Mendola of Ontario has volunteered in the Master Gardener program since 1993. Over the years some of Wendy’s creativity has been displayed in our Master Gardener exhibit at the Wayne County Fair, as door prizes for our Holiday Greens Workshop, and as posters she created for presentations and community events. This past summer Wendy worked with other volunteers to develop a presentation for youth at local libraries in collaboration with the NYS “Catch the Reading Bug” summer reading program. Wendy’s volunteerism doesn’t stop there. She spends many hours maintaining records that are essential to smooth operation of the master gardener program, writes grants and volunteers at several Master Gardener events throughout the year. She is an extremely ambitious volunteer who is always willing to help.

Farm to Schools is a great success! Ten schools participated in this first year program. During the week of September 29 – October 3, a locally grown food product was highlighted –
Monday – apples
Tuesday – eggs and milk
Wednesday – pears
Thursday – vegetables, mainly potatoes, onions and carrots
Friday – winter squash

Coordinated by Cornell Cooperative Extension Wayne County, orders were placed and locally distributed. Initial feedback back was great! One school is even thinking of incorporating pears into their local menu options. Eat Well Play Hard also contributed product oriented recipes, items for newsletters and a display for each school with trivia questions about products.

Participating farms included: G & S Orchards, Mason Farms, Williams Farm, FInger Lakes Organic Growers, Ken Datthyn Farm and many apple farms, including Morgan Farm and Apple Shed.

Pies Vie for Top Prize!
Five entries concluded the annual CCE Apple Day, held Thursday, October 9. Joanna Billings and Judy Glann walked away with first and second prize, respectively. Prizes include produce baskets from The Apple Shed in Fairville and bountiful produce donated by Orchard View Farm Market in North Rose. Pies were judged by Board of Directors Treasurer, Dave Alena from Lyons, and Executive Director Beth Claypoole of Palymra. “These pies were some of the best I have ever tasted!” commented the two judges. “We have so much to be thankful for with all of our Wayne County Apple Farms, what a great way to highlight this great food product, ” said Claypoole. This event kicks of the Wayne County Apple Tour, hosted by many Wayne County Farm Markets and wineries. Visit the Wayne County Tourism website for more info or check out the <a href=” map.

Coming this fall! Living With Diabetes Workshops! Check out these great workshops for those newly diagnosed with diabetes. You will learn how to live and eat healthy and get to sample some great recipes. Check out the attached brochure.

Integrated Pest Management for Adults and Youth

Would you like to learn how to decrease insect pests and plant diseases around your home and landscape and use fewer pesticides to do it? We have an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) presentation for adults in Wayne County that can help you learn how!

Are you a youth/scout group leader, daycare facility or teacher?

Then you might like to schedule an IPM youth presentation that can help teach 5th through 8th grade students about protecting their environment.
For the younger kids you might like to borrow one of our IPM youth kits (Kits include puzzles, games and books on 3 topics: Earthworms and composting; Ladybugs and What’s in the Garden)

To schedule an IPM presentation or borrow a kit contact us at (315)331-8415 ext 107 or e-mail us at