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April 2, 2020:  Vol. 14, No. 4

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, we regret to say that Earth Festival as an in-person event has been cancelled. We’re very disappointed, as Earth Festival is an event we look forward to all year, but the health and safety our community is paramount. We eagerly anticipate seeing all of our friends at Earth Festival in 2021!

Just because we can’t hold a traditional Earth Festival doesn’t mean we can’t hold an Earth Festival. We are pleased to announce that this year’s Earth Festival will be a series of online events taking place over several days. Digital Earth Festival will include webinars, “coffee talks”, demonstrations, and a scavenger hunt, built around this year’s Earth Festival theme: Reduce. Below is the current schedule and we are adding new things all the time! All activities are free.

April 17, 7:30pm: Slogs Through Bogs: Beauty, Loss, and Preservation. Join local botanist (and OCCA Board Member) Dr. Donna Vogler for this exploration of the fascinating world of bogs. This is a program offered by Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society. Details and registration information will be available at www.doas.us.

April 18, 2pm: Reducing Energy Webinar. Representatives from Heat Smart Otsego and Delaware River Solar present a variety of ways to save energy in your home.

April 19, 10:30am: Coffee Talk: Reducing Solid Waste. OCCA Executive Director, Amy Wyant hosts this chat with local officials and business representatives sharing tips on how to reduce our output of solid waste and how to keep recycling during a pandemic.

April 20, 6pm: Reducing Food Waste and Grocery Bills. This dinner hour program will include tips on composting, vermicomposting (i.e., using worms to compost food waste), and how to reduce food waste through proper planning and storage, and through creative use of leftovers and odd parts.

April 21, Get Outside: Reduce Your Stress Scavenger Hunt. Enjoy the outdoors (safely) in this all-day digital scavenger hunt. Details still to come.

April 22, 10am: 
Earth Day: The Bigger Picture. In partnership with the Choose Clean Water Coalition and the Upper Susquehanna Coalition, we’ll cover a variety of topics related to our place in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. In addition, we’ll highlight digital Earth Day events happening all over the globe for you to participate in!

Visit occainfo.org/earth-festival for details on how to register! All programs are free and open to all.

Heat Smart Otsego Lunchtime Webinars
Every Thursday through April 30
Noon to 1pm

Join Heat Smart Otsego Campaign Director Bennett Sandler from the comfort of your home for an introduction to clean heating and cooling options for your home or business. Learn how air source heat pumps, geothermal, pellet stoves and wood gasification boilers can replace your old fossil fuel heating system, save you money, and make your home more comfortable. Register in advance for the program here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/upcrcuqtqjssj_5RCnsWLmKyqSGeEQ5XlA

Bennett will also have virtual office hours to answer your clean heating and cooling questions every Tuesday and Thursday from 1-2pm. Visit Heat Smart Otsego for details.

Invaders from…Earth??? Invasive Species Dos and Don’ts
April 8
11am-noon

OCCA Program Director Jeff O’Handley provides an overview of invasive species impacting the our lands and waters. The program will include tips on identifying some common species found in the area, some species of concern that may or may not already be here, and dos and don’ts for helping prevent their spread. This program will take place using Zoom conferencing software. Follow this link to register (it’s free!). 

Introduction to SEQR: Part 2
April 14th
2-3pm

Our Environmental Planner, Danny Lapin will be hosting the second free webinar in his Introduction to SEQR program.  This session will be focusing on notable court decisions related to SEQRA and how these shaped environmental review in New York. Click here to register.

Did you miss Part 1?  No worries: The video will be on our website soon!

Spending time outdoors

In this stressful time, it may be more important than ever to get outside and enjoy nature. We are fortunate here in the Otsego County region to have a wealth of accessible lands and waters, and we encourage you to take advantage of them as often as possible. However, it is important to do so responsibly. Before setting out, be sure to consult with your local, state, or federal guidelines and follow them carefully. Keep in mind that while state parks and forests are still open, their support facilities (restrooms, concessions, visitor centers) are not, so plan accordingly. Only travel with members of your household, and maintain a minium of six feet between you and anyone else. While you’re out, remember to leave nothing but footprints…..

 April 21: The Hidden Tower walk, 10am-noon, Clark Tower Property, Beaver Meadow Rd, Cooperstown–This program has been cancelled.

May 9: Early Morning Birds, 7am-9am, Mohican Farm, Springfield–This program has been postponed. Watch our website for a new date!

June 14: Butternut Creek Fun Paddle.

 Due to the ongoing situation with coronavirus and COVID-19, Otsego County Conservation Association will be taking the annual Earth Festival online, organizers said. The event, originally scheduled for April 18, will instead be a five-day event taking place online. In its fifteenth year, Earth Festival is an event showcasing environmentally-themed organizations and businesses. 

Amy Wyant, Executive Director of OCCA, said, “We wanted to find a way to help people celebrate the earth, learn about new earth-focused groups and products and connect with like-minded people. Since we can’t gather in person, we decided to make Earth Festival 2020 a 5-day Digital Environmentally focused summit.“ 

The new event will include informational webinars, digital “coffee talks” and demonstrations, and a scavenger hunt. Activities will be focused around Earth Festival’s 2020 theme, ‘Reduce’ and will include tips on reducing home energy use, solid waste, food bills — even stress. 

“In this time of social distancing, it’s important to find ways to connect with one another and with the passions we hold dear to our hearts,” Wyant said. “We hope this format for Earth Festival will help people do that.” 

Much as the traditional Earth Festival begins with a bird walk led by Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society, DOAS kicks off Digital Earth Festival with a web presentation by local botanist and OCCA board member, Dr. Donna Vogler. Slogs Through Bogs: Beauty, Loss, and Preservation features the beautiful and diverse life found in local bogs. This program will take place online on Friday, April 17 at 7:30 pm. Details on how to participate will be available on www.doas.us

Energy takes center stage on April 18 at as representatives from Heat Smart Otsego, Delaware River Solar and Community Energy Engagement present a variety of ways to save energy in your home.   

April 19 kicks off with a digital Coffee Talk featuring interviews with solid waste professionals and advocates who demonstrate a variety of interesting ways to reduce household solid waste.  

Reducing food bills and food waste will be the subject for April 20.  We will include presentations on gardening, vermicomposting and digital demonstrations on how to prepare simple homemade delights that will help reduce your food bill and waste. 

April 21 is Get Outside Day, an all-day digital scavenger hunt that will help reduce stress through outdoor activities. All activities on the list will allow participants to maintain social distancing but get back in touch with nature.  There will be multiple ways to participate, so don’t worry if you do not have a particular social media account.     

Finally, on April 22, Earth Day itself is “Earth Day: The Bigger Picture”, an all-day digital event of local, regional, country and world-wide informational sessions to keep people informed of global activities and issues. 

Does your environmentally focused group or business want to be part of one of our digital programs?  Contact OCCA Director, Amy Wyant at director@occainfo.org or by calling 607-547-4488 for more information. 

We hope you join us for one or more of these great events!  To pre-register for one or more of these events, please visit our website:   occainfo.org/earth-festival 

Founded in 1968, Otsego County Conservation Association is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, planning and practice. For more information on OCCA, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org

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As our lives continue to change rapidly in response to COVID-19, we wanted to update you on things here at the Otsego County Conservation Association.
 
As of right now, we have closed the office to visitors and will be working from home until further notice.  We are in the process of forwarding our telephones but until that time, we are checking messages regularly and will get back to you as soon as we can.

Here is what is happening with our upcoming events:  

  • April 21st: The Hidden Tower Nature Walk offered in conjunction with Adirondack Mountain Club is cancelled. We fully expect to do another walk with ADK in the future and will let you know when that is.
  • May 9th: Early Morning Birds: After consulting with trip leader, Becky Gretton, we have decided to postpone this until late May or early June at the latest, depending on the overall situation. Watch our calendar and EcoBulletins for updates.
  • June 14th: Butternut Creek Fun Paddle: As of now, this program is still on schedule! Register early (it’s free), especially if you will need to reserve space in one of our canoes.
  • June 7-13: Invasive Species Awareness Week: There are several programs in the planning stages set for Invasive Species Awareness Week that have not yet made it to our calendar—as of now, these programs will take place as planned. Watch for updates on our website and in the Ecobulletin.

Earth Festival Update: 
As you know, Earth Festival is scheduled for April 18th. Sadly, with the current situation, we will be unable to have Earth Festival in our traditional way as an IN-PERSON group event. We are extremely disappointed to have to cancel the in-person event; however, the Earth Festival planning committee is putting on their thinking caps and is working hard to bring us together digitally, for earth-centered information and learning about local resources, vendors and services in our area.  If you have already signed up to be a vendor or exhibitor, we will be reaching out to you very soon. More to come on this event in the near future.
 
We have also been working on some great ONLINE information that is free to anyone and is full of great information:
 
Here are some of upcoming webinars and online events in the near future:

Heat Smart Otsego goes online!

Join us from the comfort of your home on Thursday, March 26 for a lunchtime Introduction to Clean Heating and Cooling for your home and business.  The presentation will be hosted by Bennett Sandler, Campaign Director for Heat Smart Otsego.  His presentation includes a description of each technology, real world savings data from local installations, a current list of incentives available to purchase these systems, and where to find local installers.  This program will repeat each Thursday between March 26th and April 30th from noon to 1:00 pm using Zoom video conferencing software.  The presentation is free, but registration is required.  Register at https://tinyurl.com/v7m45fa

Campaign Director Bennett Sandler will also be available to speak with you about clean heating and cooling for your home or business during new, online office hours.  Call in or login for one-on-one time with Bennett to talk about renewable energy systems, energy audits, efficiency upgrades, occupant comfort, and energy savings! Digital Office Hours will be every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm starting next Tuesday, March 24 and continuing until the end of April.  Contact Bennett at (607) 435-1364 or register for an online appointment at https://tinyurl.com/rw9hbak

Municipal Planning Webinars:

Join our Environmental Planner, AICP, Danny Lapin for an online “Intro to SEQR: Where to Start” program.

Come learn what municipal leaders need to know about the State Environmental Quality Review Act. This is an interactive learning experience, and you will be able to ask questions and participate in discussion.

Please pre-register in advance:
 April 1, 2020 02:00 PM (EST): Register Here 

April 14, 2020 02:00 PM (EST): Register Here 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Environmental Education Webinars:

Invasive Species Do’s and Don’ts:  Join our program manager, Jeff O’Handley for an educational webinar on identifying and removing common invasive species of our region.

Please pre-register in advance:
April 8, 2020 11:00 AM (EST) Register Here
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

More Online programming to come in our next Eco-Bulletin.  Keep an eye out for information on Earth Festival, our online Earth Day Celebration and much more.

As we are all trying to keep our social distance, remember it does not mean we have to distance ourselves from nature.  Stay Healthy! 

(COOPERSTOWN) – The Fifteenth Annual Earth Festival is fast approaching, and spaces are still available for vendors/exhibitors. Founded in 2006, Earth Festival is a gathering of Otsego County’s environmental community for a day-long celebration that features exhibits, workshops, and products with an environmental theme. The event takes place on Saturday, April 18, from 11am to 3pm at Milford Central School. Last year’s event featured more than 40 exhibitors and vendors.

“Earth Festival is a great opportunity for organizations and businesses to get the word out about their work or products to hundreds of people in a single day,” said Jeff O’Handley, OCCA’s program director.

Confirmed exhibitors and vendors this year include Otsego County Conservation Association, Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society, CCE Master Gardeners, CRISP Watershed Steward Program and Otsego ReUse Center. Vendors include local businesses such as Granola Girl Beeswax Food Wraps, Hare & Feather Farm, and United Methodist Women of First UMC Oneonta.

In addition to the vendor and information fair, Earth Festival features activities such as a morning bird walk led by Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society, a community clothing swap, the EcoArt contest, and recycling of Styrofoam, glass and ceramics, paper shredding and more.

For information about the event, including how to apply to be a vendor or exhibitor, or how to sponsor the event, visit www.occainfo.org/earth-festival or call OCCA at (607) 547-4488.

Founded in 1968, Otsego County Conservation Association is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, planning and practice. For more information on OCCA, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

The ‘Bag Ban’ Is Here!

Effective March 1, most stores are no longer be able to provide single use plastic bags at the checkout counter. This law was enacted to help reduce waste and pollution associated with plastic bags. There are a lot of questions people have about this law, and it’s too complicated to be easily summarized here. Visit the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation at https://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/50034.html for full information.

While paper bags are allowed and will be offered at many stores, note that paper bags pose their own problems. The manufacturing of paper bags requires a lot of water, energy, and polluting chemicals. Since they are heavier and take up more space than plastic bags, paper bags also cost more in terms of fuel and carbon emissions to ship to stores. The best bet? Pack your bags! Bring your own bags with you to the store. Any store! Otsego County Solid Waste Department currently has a limited supply of reusable cloth bags available, free of charge. Contact Recycling Coordinator Shane Digan at (607) 547-4225 for information on how to get one. OCCA will also have a limited supply of sturdy, attractive tote bags made from used pet food bags at Earth Festival in April, if you can wait a little longer, and most retailers have reusable bags available for low cost.

Finally, stores that were required to collect plastic bags and film plastic before the ban are still required to do so! Visit https://www.plasticfilmrecycling.org/ and search by ZIP code to find a drop off location near you!

Earth Festival—Call for Exhibitors/Vendors and Sponsorships

What do food co-ops, beeswax food wax makers, and solar energy companies have in common? They’ll all be exhibiting at Earth Festival! Planning is underway for the 15th annual event, a fun, family-friendly gathering of environmentally-oriented organizations, individuals and business. If you would like to showcase your products, services or information at this year’s Earth Festival, visit occainfo.org/Earth-Festival for more information or click the button below to apply. Earth Festival will be held on Saturday, April 18 from 11am to 3pm at Milford Central School, and will include favorite activities such as the pre-event bird walk, free paper shredding and recycling of other items; the EcoArt contest; and the clothing swap. Table space is limited, don’t delay!

Solar Energy Workshop

March 7, 8:30am-3pm, Herkimer College

Solar Energy and the Future of Farming in the Mohawk Valley brings together experienced renewable energy professionals in the fields of energy economics, land use planning, leasing law and dual use agricultural practices to give area residents the tools to make informed choices about solar energy development in their communities. This workshop will help farmers, land owners and municipal officials plan for the development of large (2-5MW) and utility scale solar installations in the Mohawk Valley. Attendees will learn about the best practices in working with solar developers, how farmers are creating new opportunities through hosting solar installations on their land, and will have the opportunity to ask questions about land leasing terms and conditions, alternative strategies and municipal impacts. Workshop is free and open to the public by prior registration. To register, please call (315) 866-7920 or visit http://bit.ly/SolarEnergyFutureMV . For more information, contact Garet D. Livermore at the above number, or by email: gdl56@cornell.edu. Workshop is sponsored by OCCA, Mohawk Valley Economic Development District, Herkimer College and Cornell Cooperative Extension—Herkimer County.

SAVE THE DATE

April 18: Earth Festival, 11am-3pm, Milford Central School, Milford
 
April 21: The Hidden Tower walk, 10am-noon, Clark Tower Property, Beaver Meadow Rd, Cooperstown
 
May 9: Early Morning Birds, 7am-9am, Mohican Farm, Springfield

Watershed Group to Hold Public Engagement Meeting in the Town of Burlington on the Butternut Creek Watershed Management Plan

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) — The Butternut Creek Watershed Management Plan Steering Committee invites interested residents to attend a stakeholder meeting on Thursday February 13th at 6 p.m. in the Town of Burlington Municipal Building located at 6011 State Highway 51, Burlington Flats, NY 13315.

The Committee, comprised of members of the Otsego County Conservation Association, the Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Otsego County Planning Department, the Otsego Land Trust, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Butternut Valley Alliance is in the process of developing a management plan for the Butternut Creek watershed. When completed, the Butternut Creek Watershed Management Plan will identify water quality and water supply issues facing the watershed and will establish a corresponding set of goals and objectives to address them.

Covering 11 municipalities, the Butternut Creek watershed covers approximately 130 square miles, with an estimated population of 4,489 people. “The Butternut Creek Watershed Management Plan will help guide the targeted investment of grant funds to municipalities throughout the watershed,” said Danny Lapin, OCCA Environmental Planner. The plan, which is scheduled to be completed in late 2020, will complement ongoing efforts to protect the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

The stakeholder meeting will include a brief presentation on the Watershed Management Plan and provide an opportunity for further discussion on how the Plan can benefit the community. Public input will then be considered and may be incorporated into the draft Plan.

For more information, please visit the Otsego County Conservation Association’s website at http://occainfo.org/butternut-watershed-plan/ or contact environmental planner Danny Lapin at planner@occainfo.org. The Committee’s outreach process will continue into the fall, with the Draft Plan slated to be complete in winter 2020.

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The fifteenth annual Earth Festival will be held on Saturday, April 18, from 11am to 3pm at Milford Central School. Earth Festival was conceived as a an opportunity for the environmental community to work together to provide a showcase event to help keep Otsego County citizens informed about environmental activities that are taking place in our region and as an avenue for increased involvement. It is a gathering for learners of all kinds, and is an opportunity for businesses and organizations to share their environmental messages, products and services with hundreds of people in a relaxed, family friendly atmosphere. Last year’s Earth Festival featured more than forty vendors and exhibitors, and included an antique windows restoration and weatherization workshop, the clothing swap, document shredding and more.

The organizers of Earth Festival are hard at work planning this year’s event and we would love to have you there! In keeping with OCCA’s 2020 theme, ‘Reduce’, we ask vendors and exhibitors to apply online. Visit occainfo.org/earth-festival and click on the ‘Exhibitor/Vendor Application’ link. This will take you to our Network for Good page. Fill out the information completely and submit, along with your online payment. Once your application is approved, your payment will be processed and you will receive a registration confirmation. Please consider adding an extra 3% to cover our fees, or make a donation in addition to your registration fee to help support this great event. *Note that the system will treat this as a ticket purchase*

Registration fee includes one 8′ table and two chairs. Should you require additional tables, be sure to note the number on the form and include the additional fee with your payment. If you prefer to apply by mail, print the form below or visit occainfo.org/earth-festival, print out the application and mail it along with your check (payable to OCCA) to OCCA/Earth Festival, PO Box 931, Cooperstown, New York, 13326. You will receive confirmation of your successful application by phone or email.

Please note we have new sponsorship levels this year and would love to have you consider upgrading your Exhibitor/Vendor table.  Our sponsorship levels have flexibility and many include the cost of your vendor table.  Please consider adding your business to list of supporters to help keep this great program free to the public.
Thank you, we look forward to seeing you at Earth Festival!

Regards,

Earth Festival 2020 Committee

EXHIBITOR/VENDOR APPLICATION

New Sponsorship Opportunities for Earth Festival  

BECOME A SPONSOR

A mid-day walk in the woods and a night of stargazing highlight Otsego County Conservation Association’s activities for the month of February.

On Sunday, February 9th OCCA Program Director, Jeff O’Handley leads a walk at the Clark Sports Center as part of Cooperstown Winter Carnival. The walk will follow a trail through the woods and into an open wetland area. Participants should dress appropriately for the weather and trails that may be snowy, icy, muddy or any combination of the three. Participants should meet at noon in the main lobby at the Clark Sports Center, 124 County Road 52, Cooperstown. The program should end by 2pm.

Eyes turn to the sky on Wednesday, February 19th for ‘Naked Eye Astronomy, Winter Edition: Are You Sirius?’ OCCA Vice President Jim Hill will take participants on a tour of the constellations, planets and other celestial objects visible in the winter sky. The program begins at 7pm at the workshop at Mohican Farm, 7207 State Route 80, Cooperstown. Participants should dress to be outside, and should bring a chair or blanket so they don’t have to sit on the ground. Hot chocolate and snacks will be served after.

Both programs are free and open to the public, though preregistration is appreciated. For information on either program, call OCCA at (607) 547-4488 or visit occainfo.org.

Founded in 1968, Otsego County Conservation Association is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, advocacy, resource management, research, planning and practice. For more information on OCCA, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org.

Get Out and Walk!

Sunday, February 9, noon-2pm, Clark Sports Center

Take a brisk trail walk with OCCA and the staff of the Clark Sports Center at the Clark Sports Center! We’ll wind our way through hemlocks and hardwoods, along the river’s edge and onto a floodplain. The exact route depends on trail and weather conditions. Please note that snowshoes may be helpful, but you must provide your own. Meet at noon in the main lobby at Clark Sports Center, 124 County Road 52, Cooperstown. Program is free, but registration is appreciated. Visit occa/info.org/signup. This program is offered as part of the Cooperstown Winter Carnival. For a full listing of events, visit www.cooperstownwintercarnival.com.

Clean Energy Workshop

Monday, February 10, 1pm, Cooperstown Community Senior Center, Parish Hall, St. Mary’s Church, Cooperstown

Heat Smart Otsego Campaign Director Bennett Sandler and Jackie Burke, Community Outreach Coordinator for Delaware River Solar will address how home owners can save money and contribute to a healthier environment. Contact Heat Smart Otsego Campaign Director, Bennett Sandler at (607) 435-1364 for information. Program is free.

Naked Eye Astronomy, Winter Edition—Are You Sirius?

Wednesday, February 19, 7:00pm, Mohican Farm

Join OCCA Vice President, Jim Hill for an evening of naked eye astronomy as we tour the spectacular night sky of February. The winter sky provides a wonderful array of zero and first magnitude stars (the lower the magnitude, the brighter the star!). We will explore constellations including Orion, Gemini and Taurus; the magnificent asterism known as the winter circle; and the open star cluster, the Pleiades.  If we’re lucky, we might get a glimpse of the most distant object you can see with the naked eye, Andromeda. Most of this program will take place outside, so dress for the weather and bring a chair so that you don’t have to sit on frozen or snowy ground. Binoculars are optional. Hot chocolate and a snack will be served. In the event of cloudy/bad weather, program will take place on Friday, February 21.

Clean Heating and Cooling Options in Otsego County

Friday, February 21, 7:30-8:30pm, Elm Park United Methodist Church, 401 Chestnut Street, Oneonta

Heat Smart Campaign Director Bennett Sandler will educate home and business owners about renewable, clean heating and cooling technologies such as heat pumps and modern wood burning technologies at the monthly meeting of the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society. Program is free. Refreshments available. For information on Heat Smart Otsego, visit https://heatsmartotsego.org/. For information on Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society, visit https://doas.us/.

Earth Festival—Call for Exhibitors/Vendors

Planning for the 15th annual Earth Festival event is underway! Earth Festival is a fun, family-friendly gathering of environmentally-oriented organizations, individuals and business sharing information about the world, products and services that is attended by 1000 people per year. This year’s event, to be held on April 18, will include favorite activities such as the pre-event bird walk, an Earth Festival movie, free recycling collection of items including Styrofoam, glass, chip bags, and more; the EcoArt contest; and the vendor/exhibitor information fair. If you would like a table at this year’s Earth Festival, visit occainfo.org/Earth-Festival for information on how to apply. 

The Bag Ban is Coming—Are You Ready?

On March 1, retail establishments in New York State that are required to charge sales tax will no longer be able to hand out single-use plastic carryout bags to their customers (with some exceptions, see link). If you are a retailer and you’re wondering what you will need to do, visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/117781.html for details. Paper bags may be available at some stores, but please note that paper bags are also problematic for the environment. Please consider stocking up now on inexpensive, long lasting reusable bags. The Otsego County Solid Waste Department currently has a limited supply of reusable cloth bags available, free of charge. Contact Recycling Coordinator Shane Digan at (607) 547-4225 for information on how to get one. Remember, when going to the store—any store—Pack Your Bags!

Solar Energy Workshop

March 7, 8:30am-3pm, Herkimer College

Solar Energy and the Future of Farming in the Mohawk Valley brings together experienced renewable energy professionals in the fields of energy economics, land use planning, leasing law and dual use agricultural practices to give area residents the tools to make informed choices about solar energy development in their communities. This workshop will help farmers, land owners and municipal officials plan for the development of large (2-5MW) and utility scale solar installations in the Mohawk Valley. Attendees will learn about the best practices in working with solar developers, how farmers are creating new opportunities through hosting solar installations on their land, and will have the opportunity to ask questions about land leasing terms and conditions, alternative strategies and municipal impacts. Workshop is free and open to the public by prior registration. To register, please call (315) 866-7920 or visit http://bit.ly/SolarEnergyFutureMV .

For more information, contact Garet D. Livermore at the above number, or by email: gdl56@cornell.edu. Workshop is sponsored by OCCA, Mohawk Valley Economic Development District, Herkimer College and Cornell Cooperative Extension—Herkimer County.