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    Leopold to Present on Onondaga Lake Restoration

    The March 5 session of Institute for Retired People will feature Dr. Donald Leopold, an ESF Distinguished Teaching Professor and chair of the Department of Environmental and Forestry Biology. He will discuss the many vegetation-based restoration projects at various stages near Onondaga Lake. Leopold has been working with engineers and scientists from O'Brien and Gere, Parsons, and Honeywell for the past 10 years.

    IRP meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Syracuse, 5833 East Seneca Turnpike, Jamesville. The meeting is open to anyone in the community who is retired or semi-retired.

    Further information is available at the link above or by calling Sandra at 315-443-5404 or sending an
    email to IRP is a community program of University College of Syracuse University, dedicated to the principle of lifelong learning.


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Beautifully carved paddle will help propel the AECs Chase guide boat

By Paul Hai

The ripples from last summer's Caleb Chase guide boat reunion continue to spread.

One of the attendees, Gordon Fisher of Long Lake and Delaware, has hand-carved a guide boat paddle for our Chase boat. And it is not just "a paddle": Carved from flame cherry, it is simply stunning. Most interesting, however, is that it follows Caleb Chase's own design.

One day while volunteering in the Adirondack Museum boat exhibit, Gordon discovered Caleb Chase had hand-carved beautiful, delicate paddles to accompany his guide boats. Gordon began working on boats and boat building after retiring from the engineering field in the 1980s. Since then, he has built several boats from scratch, carved many paddles and written authoritative books on both subjects.

As we continue to move forward with restoration plans for our boat, we are honored and excited to have this paddle, which will one day help our boat navigate the waters of HWF again.

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