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Art for Our Sake

Collage of Artists Work

C-OFOKLA presented a unique event on Sunday, May 17th at the Homer Center for the Arts: part art exhibit, part lecture, part story telling. The result was a delightful afternoon for nearly 50 residents.

Artists Maria Rizzo and Karen Jean Smith had their works on display, each bringing numerous pieces. Author Robin Kimmerer and videographer David O. Brown were there to talk about their work with the intrigued attendees. At 4 p.m. everyone assembled in the Center ‘s auditorium to hear a short lecture from each of the artists.

David O. Brown kicked it off by recounting his sojourn from CNY around the world’ s oceans, first photographing and later filming cetacean species and everything else to do with the water. A few years ago he returned

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Welcome Pall Corporation as a Corporate Partner

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We are pleased to announce that Pall Corporation has joined us as a Corporate Partner.  Headquartered in Port Washington, NY, Pall is a global corporation with $2.8 billion in sales for 2014.  Pall Technology Services in Cortland delivers water treatment products.

According to Pall’s website:
Making the World Safer, Greener, Better
Scientists and engineers at heart, we thrive on helping customers protect people, the environment and our natural resources. We are often called “the original clean technology company” because our products provide clear environmental benefits. Pall fluid management solutions enable customers to purify and conserve water, consume less energy,

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What is a Kettle Lake?

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Onondaga and Cortland Counties, are unique and beautiful regions in central New York. One of the defining characteristics is the presence of several kettle-hole or kettle lakes. 

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the area was formed by the advancing and retreating of glacial ice during the last glacial period in North America.  To the west of us, the same glacial process formed the Finger Lakes. The process here, however, caused smaller holes to be formed when huge chunks of ice broke off the glacier. These holes, or “kettles” were then buried by till [1] as the glacier receded. When these ice chunks melted, the depression remained.

Each kettle lake has its own unique properties. Some have natural or created outlets, while others are landlocked. All of these lakes are, however, connected to the surficial aquifer. A surficial aquifer is generally defined by the USGS, as an “unconfined, shallow aquifer system, recharged by rainfall and leakage from surface water bodies.”

The glaciers also formed the Valley Heads Moraine, an area of sand and gravel deposited when the retreating ice paused. The moraine runs east to west and separates the Tully Valley to the north from the Tioughnioga Valley to the south. This moraine also forms the surface water divide for the St. Lawrence River drainage (north) and the Susquehanna River drainage (south).[2]

[1] sediment of various particle sizes deposited by the direct action of ice

[2] Information from USGS