Letters from the mailbag: Week of March 2

All welcome to 'State of the Lake' summit

To the editor:

Everyone is invited to attend the Cazenovia Lake "State of the Lake" summit from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday March 12, on the second floor of the Cazenovia Village Building.

The last two years of treatments have greatly diminished the presence of the invasive Eurasian Milfoil weed in the lake. Because of this success, there will be no chemical treatment for the lake in 2011.

At the State of the Lake address, with the help of the Cazenovia Lake Association, we will update you on the details of treatment results and future long term treatment plans. Also on the agenda will be expert discussion of other lake health topics such as drainage, storm water retention, plant identification, and other suggestions, both at the community and individual level.

Please join us on March 12 for a lively and informative discussion.

Stanley J. Maziuk

Chair, Cazenovia Lake Watershed Council

Agricultural Sciences should not suffer amidst budget cuts

To the editor:

Members of the Cazenovia Community, I am writing in support of the Agriculture Science Program and FFA at Cazenovia High School. I am very disheartened that our school board is considering the termination of this program. I think most of us

would agree that when cuts are made, they need to be made in areas that will least affect students and their education. Cutting a program that has shown a three-fold increase in student numbers over the past seven years seems counter-intuitive to that philosophy. The agriculture program has been growing and thriving, not waning, despite a decrease in student numbers.

Many people see the agriculture science program as one that teaches the "cows, plows and sows" curriculum. That is no longer the case. Mandi Millen has updated the curriculum to meet the current needs of a 21st century agriculture economy. The courses she offers include Biotechnology, Equine Science, Veterinary Science, Animal Science, Metal Fabrication, Food Science, Agricultural Mechanics, Small Animal Care, Conservation and Natural Resources, Maple Production and Horticulture, among others. When you walk into her classroom or shop/lab you are apt to see her students working with microscopes, dissecting a sheep heart, working with dogs and other small animals, creating a new food product or otherwise participating in very science oriented, agriculture related activities. It is a thriving educational atmosphere where students are interested, engaged and learning.

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