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Kingston Greenways Association

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KVFC ANNUAL PANCAKE BREAKFAST

Sunday, April 28, 2017, 8 AM to 1 PM

Members of Kingston Volunteer Fire Company #1 will be serving pancakes, sausages, orange juice, and coffee/tea at the Kingston Fire House, 8 Heathcote Road. You can also purchase delicious goods from the Kingston Ladies Auxiliary Bake Sale.

Come have breakfast, meet your neighbors, and learn about our village's oldest volunteer organizations! $9 for adults, $4 for children 12 and under. All proceeds go to helping maintain the Fire Department and its operations that keep our community safe.

KGA ANNUAL MEETING AND PROGRAM ON MUSHROOMS
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Kingston Firehouse, 8 Heathcote Road, Kingston

Following a brief business meeting, Jim Barg of the NJ Mycological Association will present “A Brief Introduction to Finding and Identifying Wild Mushrooms,” a look at what mushrooms are, how they grow, and how beginners can go about starting to identify the mushrooms they find. The event is free, and all are welcome.



Jim is a semi-retired graphic designer who is currently employed as a freelance wild food and mushroom forager for several restaurants in the New Jersey/Pennsylvania area. He is a past President of the New Jersey Mycological Association and is one of their veteran mushroom identifiers. He also serves as art director for the Association’s bimonthly newsletter. In addition, Jim is a consultant to the New Jersey Poison Control Center, acting as one of several mushroom identifiers who are called in cases of suspected mushroom poisonings. Jim’s passion for wild fungi and their identification stretches over several decades.


Onion Skin Lepiota, photo by Jim Barg

Boletus frostii, photo by Jim Barg

STREAM STOMP

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Details soon!

NEW LAW FOR BAN ON SMOKING IN STATE PARKS AND FORESTS

The law states that “Smoking is prohibited in an indoor public place or workplace or at a public park or beach, except as otherwise provided in this act.” N.J.S.A. 26:3D-58(a). A “Public park or beach” means a State park or forest, a county or municipal park, or a State, county, or municipal beach, but does not include any parking lot that is adjacent to, but outside of, the public park or beach.

A “State park or forest” means any State owned or leased land, water or facility administered by the Department of Environmental Protection, including, but not limited to, a park, forest, recreational area, marina, historic site, burial site, or natural area, but not including a wildlife management area or reservoir land.” The ban includes the use of electronic smoking devices as well as smoking tobacco products. The full text of the law is available at:
https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2018/Bills/PL18/64_.PDF


RECENT EVENTS

EARTH DAY CLEANUPS
Saturday, April 13, 2019

Our thanks to the volunteers who joined us to celebrate Earth Day by removing garbage from our open spaces, woods, and roadsides. The cleanup of Laurel Avenue and the environs of Rockingham Historic Site was ably undertaken by the morning crew.



In the afternoon, volunteers collected litter in areas adjacent to Mapleton Road, Division Street, Heathcote Road, Ridge Road, Greenwood Avenue, and Railroad Avenue.



FALL FOLIAGE WALK
Sunday, October 14, 2018

Despite our best intentions, the new trail in Cook rebuilt by Eagle Scout Marc Gambino and his team was far too wet for an enjoyable walk, so we explored the Mapleton Preserve instead. As fall foliage color also did not cooperate with our plans, our focus turned to fungi! Our group's sharp eyes noticed many fantastically different types of mushrooms that walk leader Karen Linder helped identify. We learned about their structures, life cycles, reproduction methods, and toxicity.







WILDLIFE AMBASSADORS DEMONSTRATION
Sunday, September 16th, 2018



Jane Rakos-Yates gave an excellent program on wildlife and the work of the Mercer County Wildlife Center

An enthusiastic crowd gathered to meet three permanent residents from the Mercer County Wildlife Center, which exists to rehabilitate ill, injured or displaced wildlife, and release them back into their natural habitats. The animals that visited us are, for various reasons, not releasable back into the wild, but serve as ambassadors for their wild counterparts. Our wildlife guests were a saw-whet owl, an Eastern striped skunk, and a red-tail hawk (read his story here): Red-tail Hawk



    Eastern striped skunk

       and Red-tail hawk



The Center is a state and federally licensed facility that cares for injured, ill and displaced native wildlife. Last year Mercer County Wildlife Center treated 2,472 animals of nearly 130 different species. If you have found a wild animal needing help, please call the Wildlife Center at (609) 303-0552. The animal may not actually need assistance, and removing it from its environment may cause more harm. They will help you decide whether the animal needs care and, if necessary, ask you to bring it to the Center. Learn about co-existing with wildlife, and lots more about the Wildlife Center at Wildlife Center Friends

KGA ANNUAL MEETING AND PROGRAM ON TICKS AND TICK-BORNE DISEASES WITH DR. ALVARO TOLEDO
Thursday, May 10, 2018



Dr. Alvaro Toledo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Entomology at Rutgers. His primary focus is to establish a research program on Lyme disease, ticks and the vector-borne pathogens at the Center for Vector Biology. Ticks are the most important vectors for infectious diseases in the northern hemisphere, and second after mosquitoes worldwide. Ticks are parasites that feed on the blood of different vertebrate species. Typically, ticks have 4 stages (egg, larvae, nymph and adult) that feed on three different hosts in a two-year life cycle. Ticks can transmit different diseases, including Lyme disease, Human granulocytic anaplasmosis and Babesisis among others. The causative agent of Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi, is a spirochete and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected ticks (this is the only way one can get Lyme disease). The safest way to remove ticks is by grasping and pulling them out with tweezers, as close to the skin as possible. Other methods (vaseline, nail polish remover, matches) may stress the tick, and make it more likely that you could be infected!

Dr. Toledo has kindly provided to KGA a copy of his fascinating and informative presentation, which may be viewed here: Dr. Toledo's Tick Talk