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Middle Age Stress

Hey there, Mr. 50-something, why so glum chum?

You just here for the scenic view?

Typically in young you see their live are in turmoil as,search for schools, marriage partners, and move from place to place.

But nit it appears people aged 45 to 54 are the most distressed, thanks to an accountable  growing economic uncertainty (starting well before the Great Recession. [thanks]).

In 2010, a substantial 12.2 percent of 45-to-54-year-olds reported experiencing 14 or more "mentally unhealthy" days in the past month. That's one in eight  people in that age group who feel like they are losing "it" as often as not. That figure is up from 10.6 percent in 2000 and 8.9 percent in 1993 (the earliest data available).

Other age groups are in trouble too. In fact, more than 11 percent of people ranging in age from 18 to 64 are in mental anguish at least half the time. Among people aged 65 or older, frequent mental distress afflicts only 6.3 to 7.4 percent.

Source: CDC, Health-Related Quality of Life, BRFSS Trend Data

Demo Memo is a daily blog by ex-pat Ithacan-American Cheryl Russell  http://demomemo.blogspot.com/

Russell is a demographer and the editorial director of New Strategist Publications. She is the former editor-in-chief of American Demographics magazine (then located in Ithaca) and The Boomer Report. She is the author of Bet You Didn't Know and other books on demographic trends. She holds a master's degree in sociology/demography from Cornell University.
Last Updated on Saturday, 03 March 2012 12:44

Schuyler hunters, DEC and Cornell Bird Lab eat Cold Crow Pie Over Mass Murder of Corvus Americanus

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TINY TOWN SATELLITE OF SCHUYLER COUNTY – Here in the dimly lit caverns of an asylum called Schuyler County yucks are hard to come in February. 

Between the deer hunting season, Super Bowl and NASCAR season, the HATE MONTHS loom. Lack of snow makes it hard to run those credit card snowmobiles and the ATVs just aren't the same fun in the winter.

The sons and daughters of the successful Sullivan-Clinton Campaign get kinda edgy and sick of the local winos who have driven real estate prices into the hands of the One-Percenters, of whom, almost 99.9 percent  to 00.1 percent, they are not among.  

What to do with all that double wide hate? Kill something goddammit!

We're not so interested in the legality of the upcoming Millport Hunting and Fishing Club's crow hunt. The Department of Environmental Conversation, our state hunt-club, apparently condones murdering murders of Corvus Americanus. Why if there were still enough Indians around to shoot, they'd condone that.

Rick Bell, Millport's vice president and supporter of the Crow Shoot, got caught on the back foot when people starting agitating against the hunt. He pointed out to some half-baked reporter for Gannett News Company that crows carry West Nile Virus, eat song bird eggs and ... and ... something else that's bad.

The GNS reporter didn't bother to find out or have time to research the last instance of West Nile Virus in that area. Since an unemployed person has about as much time on his hands as a paid reporter (believe me honey, we know the pay ain't great), we looked into the last reported case of West Nile Virus with help from Jeffrey Hammond, spokesperson for the New York State Department of Health. Checking the records, not a single case of West Nile Virus, which is spread by mosquitoes, not by crows, has been reported in Schuyler County since the illness was first reported in 1999. 

So, why isn't Millport promoting an old tire clean-up -- those breeding pools for skeeters? Crows are victims of West Nile, not death vectors. 

As for their impact on songbirds, the guy wires on cell phone towers have caused more deaths (tens of thousands into the millions) to more migratory birds of all feathers than any crows. Not to mention, cats. But a "cat shoot" wouldn't go over so well here there or anywhere except in Michigan.

Crows are intelligent and social and clever to a point that makes us nervous. Fact: Crows also eat insects and larvae that destroy crops. They like cemeteries not because they are creepy animals, but because they like conifer trees and there are lots of those in graveyards.

No one dared point out, so far, this curious coincidence: It's Black History Month. Say no more, say no more. But we bet 10-1 that most of the people involved in this upcoming event voted for McCain, hate Obama and killing black birds for "sport" is a kind of Avian Jim Crow.

Mr. Bell has peevishly offered "any food pantries or soup kitchens to come forward and say they want the crows. Organizers of the shoot would be happy to donate them." 

Kevin McGowan, a crow expert and spokesperson for Cornell University's Laboratory of Ornithology, soft-shoed around the issue saying, it's "distasteful." Really? Is that the best you can do, buddy-expert?

The guy tags crows with numbers for fun and profit. We've learned a lot of cool stuff about crows because of his work, but we're a little disappointed in his lukewarm response to the pointless hunting of an animal that provides him with a livelihood. 

If you think a crow shoot is distasteful, wait till you try some of our pie, coming up cold and gamey, at a soup kitchen near you. 

– C. Penbroke Handy, loves crows, feels sorry for ignoramuses

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 February 2012 19:44

Get Your Lansing Harbor Festival T-Shirt and Celebrate Communitality

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LANSING HARBOR FESTIVAL T-shirts for sale Sat. Sept, 3, 2011

Tiny Town Satellite of Lansing, USA – We just learned from a community-minded citizen (pictured) that Lansing Harbor Festival tee-shirts will be available at the Lansing Farmer's Market on Saturday, Sept. 3.

The market is located on Route 34, also known as Auburn Road,  near the Lansing Town Hall.

We were told the tees will be selling for $12 and there are mens and womens sizes.

Then festival was held at Myers Point on Aug. 13. You'll wish you had been there and look like you were!

That's taking retro to the next level. 

Become a collectible. All proceeds benefit something greater than yourself. 

Last Updated on Friday, 02 September 2011 21:40

Seen any of Those "Shovel-Ready" Projects Around? We Have

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Tiny Town Satellite of Lodi, NY – We hear a lot about President Obama's bailout of the big banks but a little less and less about the more than half a million jobs created under his Recovery Act Project. It's not like there aren't any here in New York – and closer to Tiny Town than you might think. It just seems like nobody cares to mention the projects or, like a fellow named Marty Marsh will tell you, people don't know when there's one right under their noses.

In June, Mr. Marsh was checking out some work being done on the Queen's Castle, a modest structure of some historical value. It stood at the bottom of a three-quarter mile walk from Route 414 in Seneca County. The site also is known as Caywood Point and it is marked by a gate at the top entrance and three pine posts cut so they form a tipi point at the top. On each pole are vertically gouged letters, once red, now faded: Camp/ Seneca /BSA. It's a notorious spot because the Boy Scouts of America site here was closed after reports of sexual abuse surfaced and were later confirmed.

But the site's history runs deeper even in white people's time.

The entire Boy Scout camp site was razed, according to Mr. Marsh, "by the state for health and safety reasons," he says with the tone of a local's warranted disbelief. That doesn't make sense to our staff here, either.  The Queen's Castle is quite a bit older than the camp buildings and those building were in good shape, says Marsh. If suspicion could prove fact-worthy it appeared to be an act of revenge and purification. If so, then the question of why the BSA campsite markers on 414 remain, is cause for wonder. We recall the BSA scandal back in the late 80s but it is a vague memory.

Info about the Camp Seneca scandal is hard to dig up nowadays without some hardscrabble reporting. But the Queen's Castle history was noteworthy enough to stir someone to write a Wiki entry on it:

"Queen's Castle, also known as Camp Fossenvue or simply Fossenvue, is the remnant of a historic camp located at Lodi in Seneca County, NY.

It is a rustic, lakeside camp structure built about 1881 on the shore Seneca Lake (Mr. Marsh challenged the date, saying the structure is built with cut nails, making it newer than the Wiki entrant might like to believe).

It is a one story, roughly square, 17 feet, 6 inches by 18 feet, structure surmounted by a steeply pitched wood shingled hipped roof. It is the sole surviving component of Camp Fossenvue, established in 1875 as an informal, lakeside summer retreat so that liberally-minded young women could indulge in a variety of radical, even scandalous, intellectual, physical, and recreational activities. Its last year of operation as a women's camp was in 1901. In 1924, the site was sold to the Elmira Council of Boy Scouts for Camp Seneca, which continued to operate until 1989.

The United States Department of Agriculture  purchased the property in 1996, adding it to the Finger Lakes National Forest.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999. "

That's a curious turn of the screw -- scandalous elitist women's camp becoming scandalous Boy Scout camp. But more interesting to us was the presence of heavy construction equipment all along the downward sloping trail. The machines belonged to Slate Hill Constructors, out of Warnersville, NY. Mr. Marsh seemed to think the project was part of something called "Forever Green," but was vague as to how it got to be such. He's lived right next to the camp all his life and remembers the Boy Scout sex abuser for "being a big strange-looking fellow in these big high boots he always wore ... and the way he came off (to other people) ... well, he wasn't right."

Marsh was a little mistaken about the origins of the project but on a hunch we found it on a Recovery Act site. Remember the Recovery Act? Well, it didn't just bail out big time corporate crooks, it actually created more than a half million jobs. New York State alone has received about $16 billion that created roughly 37,000 jobs across the state, some permanent, most temporary.

Marty Marsh stood smack dab in the middle of the "Caywood Point Queen's Castle & Trail Project."

NEXTDOOR TO SCANDAL: Marty Marsh (left) of Valois-Lodi phone book fame has lived his entire life on Seneca Lake next to the infamous Camp Seneca. Here he explains how construction crews moved the Queen's Castle from a higher elevation next to his property (picture in the background, right) to its present location, and also pointed out the pile of stone that made the historic building's fire place and chimney (right). Each stone, even the small pieces chocked out, are numbered and will be replaced. Marsh also regaled us with stories about a group of Russian tourists who came down to the site and got so full of vodka they had no idea how to get back up the three-quarter mile slope to their transportation. Marsh's son made-out quite well shuttling the besotted bunch uphill in his 4-wheeler. "Money didn't seem to be any issue with them," Marsh said.

The Caywood Point facelift can be found on RecoveryAct.Gov and also at FedBizOpps.Gov as follows:

"The project consists of public access improvements to Seneca Lake and the relocation and restoration of the historic Queen's Castle at the Caywood Point Recreation Area, Finger Lakes National Forest, New York, Seneca County.  General construction consists of the installation of a stone aggregate road and trail system, earthwork operations, storm drainage systems, gabion wall system, prefabricated pedestrian bridge, site amenities, and landscape plantings (Gabions are free-draining walls that are constructed by filling large galvanized steel baskets with rock. They help prevent soil erosion. The things you learn on an afternoon tromp!).

Slate Hill won the contract which is run by the Department of Transportation (odd as that seems, given that the property is overseen by the Department of Agriculture) at the tune of about half a million bucks.

Mr. Marsh invited us back to look at some pictures of the site that he's taken over the years. We are very interested and hope to return soon and follow up this piece with some juicy bits about the sex abuse and why those wonderful Depression-era buildings were allowed to be destroyed. it's funny how we try to erase ugly pieces of our past. Maybe it's only natural.

The site itself is quite lovely, but lest we turn ourselves into our own worst enemies by sending even more people there, we will stop at that. Find it for yourself.

– C. Penbroke Handy

Last Updated on Sunday, 26 October 2014 19:16

On the Memory Trail: The Last North American Muntjack

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Last Updated on Monday, 20 June 2011 13:10

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