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State parks arise and shine for eclipse viewers

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State parks across New York will host events relating to the April 8 total eclipse days before the event and during it, ranging from solar eclipse history talks to nature hikes.

■ In Jefferson County, a “Totality on the River” event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 8 at Wellesley Island State Park and its Minna Anthony Common Nature Center, 44927 Cross Island Road. The park will host food trucks, amateur astronomers, a solar telescope and eclipse activities.

Guests are invited to bring a lawn chair. Eclipse glasses will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. Limited parking will be available, with access capped once capacity is reached.

■ In Oswego County, Selkirk Shores State Park, 7101 Route 3, Pulaski, on April 8 will host demonstrations and provide handouts from noon to 4 p.m. A local high school astronomy club will be on hand. Eclipse glasses, while supplies last, will be distributed. Roberts Family Food Truck will be an option for lunch and The Sprinkle Spot will provide treats.

■ In Oneida County, Fair Haven Beach State Park, 15 miles southwest of Oswego, 14985 State Park Road, will host several events from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on eclipse day. From noon to 2 p.m. in Sabin Hall, professional astronomer and artist Tyler Nordgren will present an eclipse program. Environmental educator Josh Teeter will share details on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the New York state parks system.

From noon to 2 p.m. at Shelter Bay at Fair Haven, Sciencenter staff to explore why eclipses happen, investigate the future of lunar exploration and host hands-on space activities. At 2 p.m., eclipse “First contact” through totality will be hosted by Nordgren. Beginning at 2:30 p.m., there will be totality roving activities.

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Watertown councilwoman proposes beautification program

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 For a dozen years, Ten Eyck Street resident Allison F. Gorham has planted flowers and put up decorations in a small park at Clinton, Massey and Holcomb streets.

And now City Councilwoman Sarah V. Compo Pierce is proposing expanding that kind of volunteer effort in city-owned parks and public places throughout Watertown.

She’s been talking with city Planning Department staff about implementing the Adopt-A-Spot program.

“It was something that I just came up with,” she said.

She envisions volunteers — individuals, families, nonprofit groups and businesses — playing important roles in caring for city parks, traffic islands and other public spaces and improving the city’s quality of life and beauty.

Volunteers can do such things as planting flowers, raking, pulling weeds and reporting graffiti, hazardous conditions and vandalism to city staff.

She’s put together a list of about 30 spots where the work can be completed. The city would then erect a sign at the spot to recognize the efforts.

She hopes to get the program up and running later in the year.

Her colleagues on City Council need to sign off on the program.

City Manager Kenneth A. Mix thinks it’s a good idea. The Planning Department is looking into the idea.

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