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Canastota: No open burning

Canastota Fire Chief Tim Mitchell wanted to remind the public about the no open burning ordinance in the town and village. Mitchell said it's very dry right now and a brush fire could easily get out of control.

"An outdoor fireplace is ok," Mitchell said. "But people are trying to burn piles of brush. I've had to call the police on several occasions."

Mitchell said if the public is unsure of the laws they should contact the local codes enforcement officer.

Recreation Director Carla DeShaw attended the meeting May 21 to give the board an update on parks and recreation activities.

DeShaw said Little League softball has been organized in the village, and in addition to third through eighth grade girl's soccer, the department will open a third through eighth grade boy's soccer league.

DeShaw said she devoted a lot of time to senior activities and the residents at Stoneleigh Apartments were happy and wanted to send along their thanks. She said Stoneleigh will hold two musical events this year with last year's budgeted money. One will be a band for Memorial Day.

DeShaw asked the board for an additional $1,200 for senior activities. Stoneleigh is planning a July 4 celebration that will be open to all seniors in the village.

The summer concerts in the park have been scheduled, DeShaw said. She has arranged for transportation from Stoneleigh Apartments to the Boxing Hall of Fame and back for the seniors.

Also, Elvis Presley tribute singer Joe Angerosa will hold a 30th anniversary "Elvis" party Aug. 16 as one of the concerts in the park. DeShaw said around 500 or more people are expected to turn out for the event and told the board they would probably need the police department for traffic control.

Plans also have been made for new signage at the Little League Park. DeShaw recommends the sign be made in the same colors as village signs, blue and white.

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