For those looking to get in shape this spring, the ninth annual May Mile offers exercise as well as a chance to give back to the community. This fun-filled event will take place on Saturday, May 10, at Peconic Landing in Greenport and will benefit the Greenport Fire Department. This intergenerational event has become the East End’s premier Older Americans Month celebration and Peconic Landing welcome runners of all ages and abilities.
The special 5K race began in 2005 and has since raised more than $160,000 for the fire department. In fact, the 2013 May Mile event raised $24,250 alone. With more than 500 participants each year, volunteers and raffle sponsors, these benefits and funds have helped the Greenport Fire Department purchase, refurbish and maintain vital safety equipment.
Registration and stretching begin at Brecknock Hall at 8 a.m. and the race start will take place shortly after that at 10 a.m. Following the race will also be an award ceremony at 11:15 a.m. where Father Thomas Murray, pastor of Greenport’s St. Agnes Church, will be presented with the Old American Champion Award. This award annually honors a Long Island or local individual for their service and dedication to older Americans. Following the award ceremony will be a celebratory barbeque lunch.
Racers and others attending the event will also be given the chance to take part in a special raffle. Raffle items include a membership to Eastern Long Island Hospital’s Fitness & Wellness, a Galaxy Gear Watch and Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, a Dooney & Bourke bag and much more. Raffle proceeds will also benefit the Greenport Fire Department.
For those we cannot attend but still want to contribute, donations are also being accepted. Among the sponsors of the May Mile are The Suffolk Times and Greenport and Southold IGA, butnsponsors and raffle prizes are still being sought.
Peconic Landing invites you to come join them and many others at this special spring event. Not only will you be improving your own well being, but you will also be helping to improve the local community by benefiting the fire department. There is no better way to welcome spring than to compete in a fun-filled race around Greenport.
Spring is upon us. And while it may bring beautiful flowers and warmer weather, it also brings those little pests that have been hiding all winter: ticks. There are many solutions to keeping ticks at bay, but most options are associated with harsh chemicals that can be dangerous. Peconic Landing has tips and advice for you to get rid of ticks using a healthier and more environmentally friendly approach.
Darryl Volinski, Director of Environmental Services for Peconic Landing, says Guinea hens are a big hit in residential areas for keeping ticks away. These hens simply wander your yard and eat all the ticks off the ground. It may sound too good to be true, but the Guinea hens are an easy and effective way of keeping your yard tick-free without spraying any dangerous chemicals.
If you aren’t ready to share your yard with hens and would rather take a different approach, Peconic Landing suggests using an organic tick repellent around walkways and dwellings. Using chemical pesticides might not only dangerous to your pets’ health, but yours and your family’s as well.
“Organic repellent reduces the amount of chemicals going into your groundwater,” said Mr. Volinski. “It also reduces the amount of chemicals that are exposed to your family.” Not only that, but spraying harmful chemicals in the air also pollutes our planet. Organic repellent reduces pollution and is a more environmentally friendly option.
Other options for keeping ticks away this spring include simple tasks like removing tall grass from your yard, especially around walking paths. Ticks like to hide in this type of grass and keeping it short will help prevent that.
Another idea is to recruit the use of mice through cardboard cylinders. “Mice take cotton from these cylinders to their nest that is covered with [organic] tick repellent,” said Mr. Volinski. “This keeps ticks away and doesn’t hurt the rodents.”
Peconic Landing strongly suggests you attempt these steps for getting rid of ticks this season, rather than using chemicals and pesticides.
“We want to encourage each one of our neighbors to be proactive for their family’s safety,” said Laurelle Cassone, Director of Sales at Peconic Landing.“And also to be proactive in taking care of our planet.”
A lifecare retirement community established in 2002, Peconic Landing began its Community Connection program as an effort to give back to residents of the North Fork. (more…)