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Colchester woman wants ‘deadbeat’ dam gone

"The sight and sounds of an old stone dam on her property have utterly charmed Colchester resident Kim Scofield.

"Nonetheless, she wants the dam torn down."

"She made up her mind about a year after moving into the old house above Indian Brook."

"That was time enough for Scofield to determine that Mill Pond Dam is too expensive, too hazardous and too disruptive to wildlife passage up- and downstream."

Good evening! Cloudy and 60 degrees in Delmar. There is a south breeze at 10 mph. The dew point is 54 degrees. The skies will clear tomorrow around 10 pm.

Tonight will have a chance of showers, mainly before 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 55 degrees at 3am. Three degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 55 at 6am. South wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. In 2016, it got down to 59 degrees with mostly sunny skies. The record low of 34 occurred back in 1961.

Waxing Crescent Moon tonight with 40% illuminated. The moon will set around 1:17 am. The First Quarter Moon is on Thursday night with partly cloudy skies expected. The Full “Strawberry” Moon is on Friday, June 9th. The sun will rise at 5:20 am with the first light at 4:46 am, which is 31 seconds earlier than yesterday. Tonight will have 8 hours and 54 minutes of darkness, a decrease of one minute and 19 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will have a slight chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high of 74 degrees at 4pm. Typical for Tomorrow. Maximum dew point of 58 at 12pm. South wind 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. A year ago, we had mostly sunny skies and a high of 83 degrees. The record high of 92 was set in 2013.

Not a particularly nice weekend on tap. Saturday, a chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 72. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Maximum dew point of 56 at 6am. Sunday, a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Maximum dew point of 52 at 6pm. Typical average high for the weekend is 75 degrees.

In four weeks on June 27 the sun will be setting at 8:37 pm, which is 11 minutes and 46 seconds later then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had rain, cloudy skies and temperatures between 84 and 68 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 81 and 60 degrees. The record high of 97 degrees was set back in 1941.

Looking ahead, 8:30 PM Sunset is Next Tuesday, Independence Day is in 5 weeks, National Cheese Cake Day is in 2 months, August 1st is in 9 weeks, Altamont Fair Opens is in 11 weeks, Friday the 13th (October) is in 18 weeks, Election Day 2017 is in 23 weeks, Average High is 40 is in 24 weeks, Election Day 2018 is in 75 weeks and Election Day 2020 is in 179 weeks.

Today I found a few clear plastic cabinet with drawers someone left out along the curb that will be perfect for storing camping supplies when I’m camping. It looked virtually brand new. I’ve wanted one for a while to keep food and supplies organized at camp  but wasn’t going to spend money on something like that I figured I could get for free. 

I made an appointment to have my oil changed this weekend in the truck. I decided to not do it myself as it’s such a messy job and I always have trouble getting the filter off and sometimes have trouble getting the right type of oil. I’ll let the professionals do it this time, see how expensive and time versus doing it myself. 

I also took a half day off on the Friday before Independence Day Weekend and the Monday July 3rd. I am going to call the DEC about getting a camping permit so I can camp at Moose River Plains for four days in one campsite, probably tomorrow. I probably could get away without getting a permit or pack up and move one day but I think it’s not that much work to have them mail me a permit. Too bad the DEC lacks the technology to do it electronically. 

Whose Extravagance? – 98 Acres in Albany

"Acting on a tip a few months ago, we contacted architect Daniel Pratt. At age 22 in 1970, he was a draftsman for the Buffalo architectural firm, James, Meadows & Howard, which designed the Legislative Office Building. Dan’s job was to draw the interior office spaces, even though many interior wall frames were already in place. The problem was that the legislators’ office space had been divided unequally, in a manner which favored one chamber over another. Dan and his colleagues were charged with ensuring that legislators’ offices were the same size, within one-half of a square foot. Unbeknownst to him at the time, he was playing a role in a costly political dispute."

The other day I was reading a light-hearted post on Facebook about the dangers that turtles face while crossing highways and that people can help them by avoiding hitting them. Then of course there had to be a completely irrational animal rights extremist on that post, who had to warn people about those who would go out an intentionally hit turtles on the road, because apparently there are a lot of turtle haters in the world who have leak-proof steel tires and ultra-durable suspensions on their cars. I do not recommend hitting turtles, bricks, tin cans, glass bottles, large rocks, and other debris on the road – and certainly not intentionally. You can damage your suspension of your car, not to mention dent a rim or get a flat tire.

Political paranoia is the greatest threat facing our country. There are too many people who have a paranoid view of the world – and believe everybody is out to get them. Animal rights extremists believe that there are people out there actively to kill turtles for nothing but the fact they are turtles, and apparently people hate turtles – and want to destroy their cars in the process. Not that there is much evidence to that fact. But the paranoid don’t want to hear that. They want to believe that there are evil forces out there, actively working to destroy their world. Such people are not helpful to our country or the process of it’s governing, because they are demeaning well meaning, hard-working individuals and are distraction to actual needed change in our country.

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Supreme Court rules Lexmark sales exhausted patent rights domestically and internationally

"The basis of the patent exhaustion doctrine is when a patent owner sells a patented product the patent owner can no longer control that item through the patent laws — its patent rights are said to have become exhausted. The purchaser and all subsequent owners are free to use or resell the product just like any other item of personal property, without fear of an infringement lawsuit."

"The two questions about the scope of the patent exhaustion doctrine that were presented in Impression Products v. Lexmark, were: (1) Whether a patentee that sells an item under an express restriction on the purchaser’s right to reuse or resell the product may enforce that restriction through an infringement lawsuit; and (2) Whether a patentee exhausts its patent rights by selling its product outside the United States, where American patent laws do not apply."

"With respect to the first, relating to the Return Program cartridges, the Supreme Court concluded that Lexmark exhausted its patent rights in those cartridges the moment it sold them. The Court further observed that while the singe-use and no-resale restrictions may be perfectly clear and enforceable under contract law principles, they do not entitle Lexmark to retain patent rights in an item it has elected to sell. Once a patent owner sells an item it has enjoyed the rights secured by the limited monopoly[1] provided by the patent, the Court explained citing to Keeler v. Standard Folding Bed Co., 157 U. S. 659, 661 (1895)."

Map: Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area

Map: Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area

The Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area (WMA) was christened "Three Rivers" because of its proximity to the junction of the Seneca and Oneida Rivers which form the Oswego. The area is situated in Onondaga County about 18 miles north of Syracuse between Baldwinsville and Phoenix. Interstate 690 and NYS Route 48 provide easy access to the area.

The primary goals and objectives of the Three Rivers Area are to provide habitat for a variety of wildlife and to permit compatible public uses of the land. Considerable management and development work has been carried out since the 1940's. Twenty-nine water units totaling over 250 acres have been constructed. These include potholes and small marshes ranging in size from ½ to 5 acres and one large marsh over 100 acres. Water level manipulation and draw downs are accomplished to encourage certain aquatic vegetation. Over 50,000 evergreens and shrubs have been planted to improve the diversity of habitat and to provide food and cover for wildlife. An annual system of prescribed burning is utilized to keep open fields from reverting to brush and trees. Development and management activities are carried out with monies derived mainly from hunting license fees and federal taxes on sporting arms and ammunition.

Researchers test self-destructing moth pest in cabbage patch

"Researchers in a New York cabbage patch are planning the first release on American soil of insects genetically engineered to die before they can reproduce. It’s a pesticide-free attempt to control invasive diamondback moths, a voracious consumer of cabbage, broccoli and other cruciferous crops that’s notorious for its ability to shrug off every new poison in the agricultural arsenal."

"Shelton is doing field tests of gene-altered moths at Cornell’s Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, 160 miles west of Albany. Those experiments began in 2015, but until now were restricted to net-covered plots to keep the moths from straying. Now, he’s awaiting a permit from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to release the moths freely in a 10-acre cabbage patch at the research center. He hopes to do that this summer."