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In the garden
I’m falling for fall
As snowflakes begin to fly, beware of frostbite
Here we are again, facing down another fall. Many people rejoice in fall, and call it their “favorite Jennifer season... so beautiful... perfect temperatures...” I say who needs fall! I want those last rays of sun to alight upon my face ad infinitum. I agree, the leaves are beautiful in autumn. And there are other benefits as well, such as being able to enjoy freshly-picked apples, taking a run outside without being drenched in sweat with a face as red as a beet and, of course, Halloween and all of the fun events surrounding that holiday. But, unfortunately, the season is all too short. The temperate climate that comes along with the crunching of leaves underfoot and the scent of cinnamon as my mother makes her deep dish apple pie will be but a thing of the past in mere weeks, only to be followed by the gray days of winter. Since I’ve now gotten my seasonal grumpiness out of the way, it’s time for some positive energy and planning for the upcoming months. The apple crop reportedly is rather sparce this year, so our family’s journey to the local orchard will have to be made post haste. Then, there is the aforementioned All Hallow’s Eve. That time of year where my two little trick-or-treaters pick out their costumes, head out into the neighborhood with their jack-o-lantern buckets and return to show off their loot. All too soon, my children will be outgrowing this activitiy, although from the looks of some of the kids that ring my doorbell looking for treats that night, it may not be for a decade or so. As the children rest on their laurels, bellies full of Skittles, Snick-
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By John Barbano The Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon show featured fast paced language and often quirky references to current events. In fact many of the lines were adlibbed. Once, when announcer William Conrad couldn’t finish the closing lines within the time limits, the producer Jay Ward, set fire to the bottom of the script making Conrad finish reading his lines before the flames burned his fingers. Both Rocky the flying squirrel and Bullwinkle Moose hailed from the fictional Frostbite Falls, Minn., where they read the local newspaper the Frostbite Falls Far Flung Flyer, and where Bullwinkle attended college at Wossamotta University. Cartoons aside, frostbite can kill or damage tender plants, like tomatoes, or just kill the tops of tender corms, bulbs and tubers, such as tender gladiolas, cannas, and dahlias. The frosts will stop all top growth and signal that the plant should become dormant. After a few hard frosts, when their leaves begin to turn brown, carefully dig them up. With a garden fork, dig several inches back from the base of the plants so you don’t cut off too many roots. For tall plants like cannas and dahlias, loosen the soil all around the plants before lifting the root clumps. Try to avoid cutting into the roots, corms or rhizomes because diseases can enter through cuts in storage. Gently shake off the soil from the gladiolas corms. Store the dry corms at 35 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit. You may notice tiny baby corms or cormlets attached to the gladiolas. Carefully separate these tiny cormlets and plant them in the garden next summer. They may take a year or two to flower but are a fun easy way to increase your supply of gladiolas. Cannas grow from rhizomes, or underground stems. Like gladiolas, once frost has killed the canna leaves and stems, cut off the foliage and dig up the rhizomes. Gently brush the soil off the canna rhizomes and store them in a dry place at 45 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Dahlias are another tender bulb that must be lifted in the fall. With dahlias and their fibrous roots you may want to gently wash the dirt off with a hose. Gladiolus corms are best left unwashed. Once the dirt on gladiolas corms is dry you can gently brush it off. Before storing any plant material for the winter, carefully look them over for signs of disease or pests. You can dust with an insecticide-fungicide mixture but this isn’t usually necessary. Be sure to label your stored roots, corms and bulbs. Plain brown paper bags make good storage spaces and you can write the names right on the bags. For dahlias and cannas, you can write directly on the roots with a permanent felt marking pen. Let nature take its course and kill the tops of your tender bulbs then dig them up and store them out of the sunlight for the winter. Next spring you will have fresh plants to put into the garden. So frostbite isn’t always a bad thing in the garden, though even Rocky and Bullwinkle get away from Frostbite Falls, perhaps to nearby Veronica Lake? Paul Barbano is a former Cazenovia resident, avid gardener and contributing columnist for Eagle Newspapers. He can be reached through the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Parade of Homes returns to Clay Riverwalk is the site of this year’s event
A dramatic stairway in one of the Parade of Homes models at Riverwalk. By Sarah Hall For the third time in five years, the Parade of Homes will take place in the town of Clay. The 2012 event finds itself at Riverwalk near the Oneida River off Guy Young Road, following a 2011 stint in Inverness Gardens and a 2008 run in Country Meadows. “I think it says a tremendous amount about the town of Clay,” said Clay Town Supervisor Damian Ulatowski. “We are still the fastest growing community in Onondaga County. People like what they see in the town of Clay, what they hear about the town of Clay and what they feel about the town of Clay. They want to live in the town of Clay. The home builders and the organizers of the Parade recognize that, and the put the Parade where people want to be.” Riverwalk offers the many amenities specific to the town of Clay, as well as some unique features of its own.
“At one time they had planned for it to be a canal community, but the Army Corps of Engineers wouldn’t allow for the breaks in the banks on the property,” Ulatowski said. “But they really had quite the vision for the property when they first brought it to the town about 10 years ago.” The property was initially developed by the Bragman Companies, which ultimately donated it to the Central New York Land Trust. In the fall of 2006, community officials from the town of Clay, members of Central New York Land Trust, and Michael Bragman and Michael Bragman Jr. of the Bragman Companies met with 29 third-year landscape architecture students and studio faculty from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) to initiate the development of design ideas for a public “Riverwalk” trail located adjacent to the Oneida River and a proposed subdivision. The project was part of a larger piece See riverwalk, page 6
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of property owned by the Bragman Companies to be included in their proposed subdivision, but was offered to the land trust upon learning that it is a state and federally designated wetland for which development is prohibited. The goals of the ESF project were as follows: Protect the ecological integrity of the site. Provide inventory about the natural systems and other characteristics of the site to assist in the Central New York Land Trust’s decision about accepting the site. Foster user education through the inclusion of interactive and interpretive elements. Promote pedestrian access into the site for a diversity of users. Promote a cooperative relationship between the Riverwalk and neighboring land uses. Create a design that can be implemented within the financial ability of the Central New York Land Trust. Once ESF was finished with the Riverwalk trail in mid-2009, the property around it was opened up to development. “It’s developed into a premiere home site in the northern part of the town of Clay, and it really is in the most northern part of the town bordering Cicero and Brewerton,” Ulatowski said. “It’s being built in two or three different sections, the first being the Parade section. Unlike Parades of the past, there’s already been quite a bit of interest in non-Parade homes. There might be as many as 20 housing starts right now, which is double the Parade sites. There’s tremendous interest in the area, not just in the Parade homes. submitted photo
A drawing of one of the Parade of Homes 2012 models at Riverwalk.
From page 4 People are looking to build in that area.” Mary Thompson of the Home Builders and Remodelers of Central New York, which organizes the Parade of Homes every year, said Riverwalk fit the criteria for the builders who take part in the event every year. “The theme this year is ‘Live Where You Play, Play Where You Live,’ and this really plays into that,” Thompson said. “There’s a lot of interest in that now. People want to be close to amenities — the river, the lake, Oneida Shores.” In addition to featuring the outdoor amenities of Riverwalk, the Parade of Homes will feature the latest in indoor décor and building technology. “We always have the latest and greatest colors, new paint colors and everything. Cambria is launching new colors for tile and countertops at the event,” Thompson said. “We have some fun bits; one builder’s house has a downstairs room that’s a bar. Another has a room with an all-Yankees theme. Another builder has floating wine racks built into the side of the staircase. It’s very cool.” Parade visitors can also look forward to the usual specialty nights, from Chef’s Night and Ladies’ Night to Date Night, where TVs in the homes will be tuned to romantic movies, and Community Night, where the community will be showcased. There will also be numerous giveaways, including one for a Chevy Cruze Eco. Five hundred tickets will be sold for $100 each; one winner See riverwalk, page 7
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An overview of the Parade of Homes Eight houses will be part of the 2012 Parade of Homes, builders include: JMG Custom Homes; Harrington Homes; Pigliavento Builders; Sciuga Custom Builders; Martin Custom Homes; Merle Builders; Summerset Homes; and SignatureCrest Builders. Riverwalk will have a 100-acre walking trail nature preserve as part of the community. The trails have been designed by SUNY Environmental School of Forestry and will be owned by the Central New York Land Trust. walking, hiking, mountain biking trails and boardwalks
will eventually access the Oneida River where four acres of riverfront land will be developed for recreational purposes. Many of the home sites are bordered with trees, streams, ponds and other natural and wild areas. Riverwalk is close to Oneida Lake and the Oneida River along with the County’s Oneida Shores Park.
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gets the car, and nine others win back their money. “It’s a fundraiser for the Central New York Land Trust,” Thompson said. “Your chances are pretty decent, and you’re supporting a good organization at the same time.” This year marks the 40th anniversary of the land trust, so the Parade will celebrate throughout its run. “Because this is one of their properties, we learned a lot about them through this whole process,” Thompson said. “They’re really dedicated to preserving natural areas in community, which does the community good as a whole. And builders are responsible for maintaining housing stock. You might think that those missions would be at odds, but they go hand in hand.” The parade runs from Sept. 8 to 23. The preview party, which is open to the public, is Sept. 7. For more informaOne of the bedrooms in a model home features a dramatic ceiling. tion, visit hbrcny.com/parade.
Directions to the 2012 Parade of Homes From the North: Take I-81 South to Exit 31 / Bartell Road Turn right onto Bartell Road Turn right onto Route 11 (Brewerton Road) Turn left onto Guy Young Road Follow the Parade signs
From the East: Take 481 North to I-81 North Take I-81 North to Exit 31/Bartell Road Turn right onto Bartell Road Turn right onto Route 11 (Brewerton Road) Turn left onto Guy Young Road Follow the Parade signs
From the South: Take I-81 North to Exit 31/Bartell Road Turn right onto Bartell Road Turn right onto Route 11 (Brewerton Road) Turn left onto Guy Young Road Follow the Parade signs
From the West: Take Route 31 East Turn left onto Morgan Road Take second right onto Oak Orchard Road Left Caughdenoy Road Right onto Guy Young Road Follow the Parade signs
Win a 2012 Chevy Cruze ECO
In lieu of a Charity Auction at the Preview Party, the HBR of CNY will raffle off a 2012 Chevy Cruze ECO. Tickets are $100 each, and proceeds benefit the Central New York Land Trust. Nine lucky second prize winners will receive their $100 back! Don’t miss out on your chance to win! Call the office at 463.6261, or stop by the HBR of CNY at 3675 James St. in Syracuse, today to buy your raffle ticket. Raffle tickets can also be purchased Sept. 8-23 on site at the Parade of Homes. Grand prize will be awarded Sept. 23, and you do not have to be present to win.
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Why wait to update?
Seven inexpensive ways to improve a home now
any times, buying a home opens up a bottomless pit of opportunities for projects and improvements. While some homeowners engage in different repairs and fix-ups out of necessity, many others like to freshenup their spaces out of personal preference instead of need. But even the most well-intentioned projects can be waylaid if budgets are tight. What many homeowners may not realize is that there are many ways to make updates and changes to a home that do not require a major overhaul or a large price tag. The following are seven projects that won’t break the bank.
Move around furniture.
You may be able to change the look of a room without spending any money. Interior designers know how to arrange furniture for maximum appeal, but the average homeowner can do it, too. Find a focal point in the room and angle the furniture toward it. Don’t make the focal point the television, however. Try changing the placement of chairs and sofas. Simply moving a curio cabinet from one corner to another may also make a difference.
Lighting at different levels in the room can create a vibrant impact. It isn’t uncommon for homeowners to mistakenly put in a couple of table lamps and think that will be adequate. However if you want to properly illuminate a room it usually means varying the lighting to create different moods at different times. Plus, more light can make a room feel more welcoming.
Freshen up with new pillows or curtains.
Change knobs or other small accents.
Changing a few aspects of a room can give it an entirely new look. If you want to add a splash of color but don’t know what to do, think about incorporating some new throw pillows or change the curtains. An accessory here and there in a bright color also can incorporate a new hue without it being overwhelming.
Give a room a new look by focusing on the small details. Switch out cabinet knobs for something updated and modern. Take inventory of wall outlets and light switches and think about selecting new ones that coordinate with your home decor.
Empty corners or spots you’re not certain how to fill may benefit from a plant. Plants are inexpensive ways to add instant color and visual appeal to a room. Plus, having live plants can help improve indoor air by filtering out contaminants. A home with plants also feels more cozy. See update, page 11
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Hang new wall art.
It may be time to look at your photos and artwork and make a few adjustments. Finding new prints to hang could instantly change a room’s ambience. And you needn’t spend a lot of money
on professional photography, either. Grab your camera and take a few close-up shots of flowers or take in a landscape scenery. Many of today’s home printers can produce professional-quality prints in minutes.
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Try a new coat of paint.
After you’ve exhausted other avenues, choosing a new paint color may be the new look you desire. Painting is one of the least expensive yet most dramatic methods of changing a home’s interior. With dozens of hues to choose from, and new apps that enable you to take snapshots of things in nature or in your life and match them up to a paint color, you will have scores of opportunities to explore fresh new colors for your home. When you get inspired to make improvements to the home but fear how much it may take out of your wallet, consider inexpensive tricks that can induce a big “wow” factor.
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