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News from NOPL: March 9

This program was co-developed by the Cornell Cooperative Extension and NYSERDA. It's a workshop about household energy-saving tips, as well as services available from the state, like free energy audits for homeowners with incomes below $128,600.

This class will be especially valuable for landlords and property managers, although homeowners and renters and anyone with an energy bill will benefit from it. Each participant will leave with a free energy saving kit ($15 value). No cost, but advanced registration is required: nopl.org or 458-6184.

Composting

10:30 a.m. March 19 at NOPL at Cicero.

Spring is near (nevermind that snowstorm, the calendar promises spring is nearly here) which means we have permission to start gardening. If you don't have a plot in Cicero's LibraryFarm (8686 Knowledge Ln.), it's time to reserve your 14'x4' piece of public library land, which you can do at nopl.org or at the library. Why not reserve your plot after you listen to Les Ulm, our composting guru, explain how compost is the basis of the productive organic garden? No registration required.

NOPL Knitters

11 a.m. Tuesdays at NOPL at Cicero.

This group of talented knitters who are willing to help anyone learn anything about the craft is CNY's best new opportunity in 2011. These knitters go way, way beyond scarves and socks (although there are plenty of scarves and socks being made in this group). They knit strings of Christmas lights, and strings of popcorn and cranberries. (Picture it: little knit pieces of popcorn on a string!) They knit vegetables. They design the patterns to knit logos into miniature sweaters for stuffed animals. They are a hoot, and you'd probably like them.

Military History Lecture

Napoleon's Campaigns in Italy (1796-1797): A Reputation is Made

6:30 to8 p.m. March 24 at NOPL at North Syracuse.

March's lecture will feature R.L. Murray as the speaker. Mr. Murray is a respected military historian who is an expert on the subjects of artillery, the Civil War and the Napoleonic Wars. Among other things, this presentation illuminates the significance of the Italian Campaigns to Napoleon both militarily and politically. No registration is required, so arrive on time to be sure to get a seat.

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