Grant enables native plantings at Salt Point

Katrina Binkewicz (left) talks with Ty Todd of the Town of Lansing Parks and Recreation Department (right) as a participant in “Lisa’s Run” runs by. Todd volunteered to bring the tractor down to work with the Friends of Salt Point on Sept. 21.
Katrina Binkewicz (left) talks with Ty Todd of the Town of Lansing Parks and Recreation Department (right) as a participant in “Lisa’s Run” runs by. Todd volunteered to bring the tractor down to work with the Friends of Salt Point on Sept. 21.
Photo by Matt Montague

The Friends of Salt Point gathered in the natural area at Myers Point Sept. 21 to clean up after a busy summer season and get a head start on six fenced plots where they will replace non-native, invasive plants with native trees and bushes.

The plantings are supported by a $4,350 grant awarded by The Community Foundation of Tompkins County for the Friends’ project “Native Plants at Salt Point: Restoring a Diverse Ecology” that will restore a diverse plant ecology at Salt Point.

About 20 volunteers spent the day planting trees, trimming back brush and moving mulch. A tractor and brush mower on loan from the Parks and Recreation Department and volunteer Ty Todd made the work easier.

Additional assistance for the volunteer day and the plantings was provided by the Town of Lansing Parks and Recreation Department, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Plantsman Nursery, Cargill employees, the Cayuga Bird Club and New York State Electric and Gas.

There are a lot more people using the natural area, according to Town Councilperson and Friends supporter Katrina Binkewicz.

“And people are using it on different levels,” Binkewicz said. “We have runners, bikers and walkers. There are artists painting and hula-hoopers. Duck and goose hunters have access along the water’s edges, and there is a lot more material for their blinds now.”

The Friends have replaced gravel with a finer surface on the walking paths, she said, which helps people with wheelchairs and walkers.

The six fenced plots are scattered around the natural area – some in shady areas, some in the sun and some in the woods. Binkewicz pointed out fruit and nut-bearing trees, raspberries, birch, witch hazel and shadblow (or “amelanchier”).

“There are also hackberry, chokeberries, oak, white pines – these all replace the invasive non-native species here now,” she said.

She pointed out a clearing filled with milkweed that supports a vigorous population of monarch butterflies.

A water barrel donated by the town and a special landscaping material around the plantings that holds 20 times its weight in water makes maintaining moisture easier, while the natural area’s past as an industrial site for the International Salt Works makes digging more difficult for the volunteers.

“The ground is full of bricks,” Binkewicz said.

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LUMC Holds Fall Rummage Sale

The Lansing United Methodist Church will hold its Fall Rummage Sale Oct. 4 and 5.

Hours on Oct. 4 will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (outside) and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (inside). On Oct. 5, hours will be 8 a.m. to noon, and there will be a $1 per bag sale.

The church is located on 32 Brickyard Rd. in Lansing. For more information, please call 607 533-4070.

Library to host “Cocktails and Costumes”

The Lansing Community Library will host its bi-annual fundraiser “Cocktails and Costumes” Oct. 18 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Lansing Event Center.

Tickets are $50 per person and include dancing, appetizers, sweets and your first drink at the bar. There will be a costume contest and an art and quilt silent auction.

For more information and to purchase tickets, go to the library, see a trustee or member of the Friends of the Library organization or e-mail

Parks and Recreation Department Announces Fall - Winter Programs

The Town of Lansing Parks and Recreation Department has announced four youth recreation programs running through the late fall.
“Jump Around” will go from Oct. 2 to Nov. 6; Flying High Horse Camp will be from Oct. 10 to Nov. 11; bowling begins Oct. 29 and goes until Dec. 12; and gymnastics runs from Nov. 1 to Dec. 20.

For more information and to register, go to

Morning Walks Underway

The Lansing Parent Teacher Student Organization’s morning walks are every Monday and Friday, weather permitting, from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. Participants can join the group at the Sobus Field track above the high school to run and walk with friends and family. Mileage accrued during these walks counts towards Morning Milers mileage. Check out Lansing PTSO Morning Walks Facebook page for more information.

“Parenting Without Power Struggles”

The Interfaith Center for Action and Healing at 1939 East Shore Drive in Lansing is offering “Parenting Without Power Struggles” during the month of October.

The class will be offered Mondays, 7 to 9 p.m. for seven weeks, beginning Oct. 14. Please join Judy as we learn how to help our children navigate an increasingly complicated world. Refreshments will be provided. Visit the website at for more information and to register.

Facilitator Judy Burrill has a master’s degree in education from Cornell and has completed the Center for Nonviolent Communication’s Parent Peer Leadership Program, a part of the Peaceful Families, Peaceful World Project.

She has also completed hundreds of hours of trainings, led numerous classes and workshops and been a mediator for the Community Dispute Resolution Center since 2006.

Library’s Artisan Fair Announced

The Lansing Community Library will hold its annual Artisan Fair Dec. 6 from 3 to 6 p.m. and Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a fundraising event for the library with free treats and drinks for shoppers.


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